June 27, 2007
I have 2 words to say about this film F$#@%ing AWESOME! No I am not a 10 year old boy, a 20 year old nerd or a 40 year old virgin. I am a mature, working mother and wife and the efx in this film blew my mind. I was completely surprised that I enjoyed this movie as much as I did. In the 80’s I was not playing with the toys, I was in college pretending to be Belinda Carlisle, so I had no idea what an Autobot was or whether Megatron was a good guy, a bad guy or even a guy. But, I don’t think I blinked once during this movie, I didn’t want to miss a second of the amazing visuals.
At the beginning of the film, LA Film Festival Director, Richard Raddon announced that the film was being beamed via satellite from outer space using some new technology. Wow me likes the new technology, the picture was HD quality, sharp and crystal clear. I also believe there was a new sound system world premiering. It all added immensely to the AWE Factor.
The film tells the story of the Autobots and the Decepticons two warring factions of robots. They are both trying to get the All Spark “a mystical talisman that would grant unlimited power to whoever possessed it”, the Autobots want to destroy it and the Decepticons want to use it to take over the world. Shia La Beouf plays the nerdy high school kid that tries to save the world and win the heart of the hottie (Megan Fox). Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson are the way hot soldiers that first encounter the Decepticons while fighting a war in Qatar and go on to help Shia save the world. My favorite character was Optimus Prime, the Autobot with a heart of gold. He kept reminding his guys that Autobots do not harm humans, words to live by. He reminded me a lot of The Iron Giant, big, actually gigantic, scary robot, with a soft side. The bad guy Megatron was as menacing as they come.
The visual efx were seamless, I expected to walk outside and see an Autobot walking down Broxton, I totally believed that they were real. When the Transformers “transform” it is incredible. One of them called “Bumblebee” transforms into a yellow Camaro, every nerds dream car. The action scenes were exciting and there were many funny moments involving clueless parents. There is something about national security and the Pentagon and the Secretary of Defense, but in the end the nerdy kid and the sexy girl save us all. Of course this film is aimed at young men, even the extras were big boobed and sexy, but it is a film about war toys after all.
This Premiere was different than most premieres, anybody could by a ticket to see the film in one of I think 5 theatres in Westwood. That ticket also got you in to the after party. It was a giant block party on Broxton and was sponsored by Burger King. All you can eat Whoppers, Fries, Chicken Fries, Hot Dogs, Cotton Candy and of course the requisite open bar. We spotted 3 celebrities-Burger King himself, (the creepy character in the mask), he looks just like he looks on TV, The Washington Mutual Guy and character actor J.P. Madoux, who you would know if you saw him. I guess Josh and Tyrese were in the VIP area of the party, I wonder if they ate the Chicken Fries?