I’m writing this blog post as a favor to Alex Gyr, who apparently likes it when I rant about movies. And after all the fun commentary on my post on the Problems with the Star Trek Movie Reboot, it has been too long since I flamed a hot summer movie.
The Transformers Brand Promise
Look, I’m not going to complain about the acting, the actors, the plot, the length or the production value. Truth be told, I don’t expect a lot from a big budget remake of a popular 1980s cartoon. I’m in the core demographic and I’m super forgiving.
However, I do expect just two things from the Transformers. Just two. And they didn’t give it to me.
I want to see robots, and I want to see those robots transform
Seriously. It’s not more complicated than that
Enough with the Humans
OK, so given the premise, let’s look at what we actually got from the movie.
First, at least one full hour of the movie, if not more, is dedicated to the drama and suspense around the humans in the story. Will they understand? Will they make it? Can they fix it? Can they save the day?
Please. There are hundreds of movies I can go to this year to see plots about humans. Believe me, most of them will be better.
Enough with the humans. When I go to a Transformers movie, I want to see robots.
What Happened To Transform?
That’s not the worst of it. For the half of the movie that does include robots, there is the second problem. They don’t transform!
I know, it sounds ludicrous, but let me say it again.
Part of the plot includes about 200 deceptigons descending onto Earth for global domination. They don’t transform. They just fight as robots.
Why even call them Transformers? They are supposed to be robots in disguise, not just robots. Let’s just call the movie: “Humans and Robots 3: All the Same, All the Time”.
Message to Paramount
Every brand has a reason to exist, and Transformers definitely has a reason to exist. It exists to provide people with a colorful futuristic world where there are robots that transform.
If you make a Transformers 4 (and let’s be clear, I hope you do) please make sure if possible to make the movie about robots that transform. You will get the full ticket price (3D IMAX) from me.