However, this movie is not called the Humans and the Giant Robots. To state simply that the Transformers are handled respectfully would be a disservice to the animators and voice actors. While the designs of the Transformers may be a bit much for die hard fans, none can say that they do not at least represent a certain level of patronage to the original version of the characters on some levels. The Autobots - Ironhide, Jazz, Ratchet, Bumblebee, and Optimus Prime - are all handled in a manner that you can still buy into the robots, thus, making this incarnation very pleasing to loyalists of the series. The only unfortunate thing about the voice acting was the Decepticons. While great in their own degree, it was extremely difficult to distinguish between them. The only exception was the voice acting of Hugo Weaving, who, instead of solidifying his voice as Megatron, took a different approach and made himself sound a lot like Frank Welker, who voiced Megatron originally. The action sequences and battles between the Autobots and Decepticons are really incredible. There were a few moments where it was hard to make out what exactly was going on, but I think that was intentional to convey the size of the Transformers and to convey a better sense of chaos to the scenes.
There is a lot more to be said about a movie that could rekindle the interests of Hollywood when it comes to old cartoon franchises. In fact, there is a lot more to say about the film within itself. Nothing will ever stand out in my mind as much as when I first witnessed the fall of one of my greatest heroes in the original 1986 film. I can say that the movie has a scene in it that will not only remind you of the original film, but will also ensure that future fanboys will comment on the tears that flowed during that scene. Add this tidbit and roll it around the subtle nods from the G1 Transformers' show, as well as the 1986 movie, and you have what could become the next big craze in Hollywood. I cannot wait to see the Autobots return in a future sequel.
Are there some things I would have done differently? Probably, but the main reason you will watch the movie is for the Giant Robots and their battles, although the overall story is enjoyable. I must admit that Michael Bay delivered. I must also commend him for directing the actors and helping in developing their characters more than what I expected. Will there be a Transformers sequel? All signs point to yes, so be ready "Transform and Roll Out" to the film that may rekindle the fires of great science fiction storytelling.
Movie Score: 3 out of 4 Stars
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