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3.0 out of 5 stars Transformers return, 28 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Transformers - 2 Disc Special Edition [DVD] (DVD)
This is an interesting attempt to revive the Transformers franchise for a new generation in the 21st Century . The special effects are very impressive & it is nice to hear Peter Cullens voice again as Optimus Prime which injects a degree of feel good factor for fans of the 1980's Transformers cartoon . Prime is as ever a King Arthur or Richard The Lion Heart style upholder of justice while Megatron cares even less about human life than Stalin or Hitler . That is a reminder of the timeless nature of the good vs evil conflict .Transformers is sci-fi for adults as it is a modernised effort to tackle the themes , issues & scenarios that the original cartoons and subsequant movie did back in the mid 1980's . It does so more effectively by not being constrained by the need to appeal to a younger audience like the 1986 movie was . The plot line is pretty predictable & the Transformers do turn up a bit late in the film . Before that the film cannot quite decide whether or not is an American Pie parody or whether it is a suspense drama as the alien threat mounts . But that said there is much gritty realism such as human desire , death in combat , government keeping secrets from the people and the quest for power that are very much present . All in all this is not a bad effort at all - when a new film comes out and is the first one for quite a while then the hype can get out of hand thus leaving even the most level headed fan a bit disappointed . Star Wars had the same thing with The Phantom Menace and just as someone my age (27 at time of writing ) has their view of The Phantom Menace coloured by having grown up with the original Star Wars films so a person who had grown up with the 1986 Transformers Movie may have some issues with the 2007 effort . But it is certainly better than most of the other new offerings at the cinema that have been released so far in 2007 .
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