I loved Transformers as a kid, so I was very suspicious of Michael Bay and his wacky live action movie idea from the get-go. However, after seeing some trailers and what not, we went to see it on the 4th of July.
The story breaks from canon, but you aren’t really watching this movie for the plot. Shia LeBeouf is selling his late grandfather’s possessions to buy a new car. His new car turns out to be Bumblebee and his grandfather was an explorer who went to the North Pole and accidentally found Megatron. Megatron had crashed there thousands of years prior and was incapacitated in the ice. The US government extracted Megatron and built the Hoover Dam around him to conceal his presence, along with some life giving cube that Megatron was chasing that also crashed here. Crazy government cover-ups!
Well, fast forward a bit, the other Transformers finally figure out that Megatron and the cube are on Earth and come here to find them and battle it out. There are tons of fights between the good Autobots and evil Decepticons and a Spec Ops team headed up by the guy from the TV show Las Vegas. The movie also has a lot of dorky jokes and doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is good, because it’s about giant tranforming robots from another planet.
In all seriousness, the movie is handled pretty well…though it does seem like a 2.5 hour car commercial which may annoy some people. Also, the camera moves around like crazy during the battles, so it made me a little sick after a while. Other than that, I really have no complaints. The action was awesome, Megan Fox was hawt like teh fire, and nobody was all that annoying. I’m also very happy that they made my favorite Transformer of all-time, Starscream, into a total badass. My favorite scene in the movie was towards the end, the Spec Ops team called in an airstrike and Starscream, who transforms into an F22 fighter jet, goes after the planes as they’re trying to bomb Megatron.
I think it’s somewhere in between 4 and 5 stars, but edging towards the high side of that…I definitely recommend going to see it!