Thursday, July 12, 2007

Transformers review

Transformers is one of the few big budget summer action films this year that truly delivered on what it promised. Thankfully what it promised us was giant frickin' robots, enormous explosions, fantastic special effects, and badass fight scenes. Let me tell you, Transformers delivers superbly on all fronts.

It doesn't matter if you're a fan of the franchise or not, as long as you go in ready to have some fun and watch a great popcorn action film; then you'll be in good shape. I like the fact that the film doesn't take itself too seriously too, I found that refreshing. Oh don't get me wrong, it's serious when it needs to be, and hints at larger more complex philosophies and themes, but on every practical level it's a film about giant alien robots; so I think a lighthearted tone is pretty reasonable as well.

As expected the effects are top notch, but what also stood out to me was that Michael Bay flair for the camera and lighting. I had forgotten what a great eye he has. It seems like Transformers was filmed 90% of the time at that magical sunset hour when the light is orange and flares off the camera lens in just the right dramatic way that it silhouettes the young stars as they embrace for maybe their last time. This film has extremely well executed, dramatic camerawork, that coupled with a really beautiful and resonant score creates an atmosphere of intense importance to everything, where every single action feels significant.

I also think kids will like this movie as much as adults, because despite it being a somewhat boy centric idea, and a fx laden action film it has a spirit that I think will appeal to families. Michael Bay makes dramatic action films; feel good films, and Transformers is no exception. This film is great in its simplicity and its honestly. It is exactly what it promises to be and delivers a really entertaining kickass ride the whole way.

4.5 / 5

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