I went through a lot of toy fads as a child—He-Man, Star Wars, Godzilla, Robocop, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, just to name a few—but none had so long and successful a run in my interest as Transformers. I was into Transformers for almost five years, I think, from ages five to ten, and then had a renaissance during my early teenage years, when I wrote a 215-page novel about them. Titled The Siege, the task consumed more than six months of my young life and remains my longest writing effort to date.
Having been quite obsessed with Transformers at several points in my young life, I feel compelled to have some sort of opinion on the upcoming Michael Bay film. Part of me thinks it’s too little, too late, and another part of me will probably always think of Transformers: the Movie as that 1986 slice of cheese that features both Optimus Prime’s death and the pure ’80s tune “The Touch.”
Anyway, Big Guy pointed me to the trailer for Bay’s Transformers movie. My take? It looks okay, in an Armageddon—kind of way. I’m sure there will be plenty of action.
But I don’t really like the anime/mech look of the Transformers themselves. I think they should have skewed a bit closer to the comic; in robot form, the Transformers look so alien they’re going to be difficult to identify with as characters. They neither resembles humans nor the vehicles they change into. They look like escapees from the Matrix films.
Obviously I’ll reserve my judgment until I see the movie, and having some of the original voices might go a long way to bringing back those nostalgic feelings of yore. But color me skeptical on the enterprise for now.