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Transformers: A Rant

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Transformers is one of my all-time favourite franchises, especially back in the animated days, having watched Generation 1 (1984-1987) and Generation 2 (1993-1995) over and over again. But I have a lot of qualms with the new Michael Bay films; Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and the latest production, Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

The first new-age Transformers movie made its debut in 2007, and even though this one is actually an OK movie, I still have a small number of big issues with it, but it may be just me being loyal to the good old originals.

To start, I am severely disappointed in the way that the Transformers look now, with the main example being that Optimus Prime now has flame vinyl on the side of his vehicle when he is in truck-form, even though he is not a boy racer.


Having said that, I am aware that the artists who designed the new-age Transformers needed to make certain changes in order for them to look modern, compared to the 1980s and ’90s models. However, I think that they did one too many modifications, and it all looks a bit too extravagant and overcooked.

Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen came afterwards in 2009, with a mediocre plot and some big explosions. Apparently, Michael Bay thought that the cool visuals and sound effects in the movie would take peoples focus away from how average the story was, even though some parts were very moving and awesome. But to add another modelling criticism into the mix, The Matrix of Leadership looks like a ninja weapon in this movie, and even though that may be cool to most people, it just doesn’t seem right for me, being an old fan of the Transformers; it looked a lot cooler in the ’80s and ’90s in my opinion.

So, because I am of the personal opinion that Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen wavered the reputation of the new-age franchise slightly, the news of a third film, Dark of the Moon (to be released this year, 2011), made me cringe a little. I hope that Michael Bay manages to salvage the franchise, and make Dark of the Moon into a complete bad-ass film, otherwise he will end up smothering a godly franchise for me.

optiTo conclude, here is what I would like to see in any new Transformers movie. I would love there to be a movie based on Unicron, the giant planet-consuming robot, which is kind of like a colourful Death Star. Unicron can also transform into a human frame, like all of the other Transformers, which the Death Star really lacked in my opinion; I think I will pitch my idea to the Emperor later tonight.

For my main proposal, I would be over the moon if someone was brave enough to remake Transformers: The Movie (1986), because that was an absolutely stunning animated film, and the storyline was epic. As well as the story, the music score was the cheese of all cheeses, featuring some awesome tracks from Lion and Spectre General (Kick-Axe), which never fails to put a smile on my face, whilst subconsciously making me cringe.

With the technology that is now available to the film industry today, I really think that something more spectacular could be done with the Transformers movies. I hold onto the hope that Michael Bay or another director really steps up to the plate and delivers something to be remembered in the near future, for the new and the old fans.

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