Prior to Transformers Iâ€™d say Iâ€™ve probably got more entertainment from Paul W.S. Andersonâ€™s films than Michael Bayâ€™s, so itâ€™s fair to say Iâ€™m not a fan. Itâ€™s not that Bay is a bad director, when it comes to action he can orchestrate mayhem like few others. My problem with Bay is that, when you take out the gunfire and explosions, youâ€™re left with clichÃ©d stories, paper thin characters and not much else.
So why did I enjoy Transformers so much? Is it cleverly plotted? Not really itâ€™s about two factions of big robots looking for a cube. Does it have three dimensional characters who give us a deeper understanding of what itâ€™s like to be in life or death situations? Nope, itâ€™s full of beautiful people shouting, running and firing guns. No the reason Transformers works is because it doesnâ€™t need those things, itâ€™s as cartoon brought to life and its charm is simply this â€“ robots are cool, big robots are even cooler and big robots fighting other big robots is uber-cool. As a bonus the film also has a charismatic lead whose star is very much on the rise in Shia LaBeouf, a smokinâ€™ hot action heroine in Megan Fox (sheâ€™s probably got more balls than LaBeouf) and a script with a good level of humour that doesnâ€™t take itself too seriously. The only downer is Jon Voight and John Turturro overdoing it a little on the ham and cheese.
Forget Pearl Harbour, Armageddon and the rest, with Transformers Bay has found his ideal subject matter. Roll on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen! Now if only someone could find a way to stop him producing all those pointless horror remakes I could almost start to like the guy.
Dipa’s review can be found here.