Saturday, August 04, 2007

Transformers: substantially less than meets the eye

Speaking of films, on Friday night I saw Transformers. A mistake, I confess.

I was all ready to find references to the energy crisis in the Allspark (powerful forces pursuing a huge energy source to a distant land and turning it into a battle ground), or perhaps a Christ-figure in Optimus Prime (one of the cooler names from my childhood spent watching animations). But instead we had the usual advertisement for the military (Hollywood directors get to use expensive toys if they they let the US military turn the script into a recruitment drive) and yet another make-your-enemies-pay account of redemptive violence.

A friend with whom I saw the film (who shall retain his anonymitiy until I need a chance to name and shame) dared me to write a blog post titled "Transformers: fact or fiction?" and pose the question whether there might not actually be robots in disguise amongst us. But there's no need for discussion. The Allspark is not buried in Hoover Dam; he walks amongst us (or, more usually, flies above us). More commonly known as Steven Spielberg, his touch can instantly turn two hours of slush into a millions of dollars.
Fifteen points for the first to correctly name all three locations in the linked pictures.

16 comments:

Donna said...

St Stephens - Syd Uni main quad - Moore college

Yours is a better title for this post :-)

byron smith said...

Too quick. Fifteen points

Christopher said...

If you haven't seen it already, Lucky Miles is a fantastic movie. A blend of The Gods Must Be Crazy, Crocodile Dundee and something a little more serious with a lot more depth.

byron smith said...

Yeah - I took my parents to see it a couple of weeks ago. I can see why it won the popular award at the film festival this year. A lot of fun - not sure I'd call it 'fantastic' though.

linden said...

Or in this case, he turned millions of dollars into 2 hours and 43 minutes of slush...

byron smith said...

Yes, but any fool can do that. The trick is being able to turn the slush back into more money.

Anthony Douglas said...

Naming him won't have any impact - he's shameless!

michael jensen said...

I am sorry to say that this movie was the first movie I have seen in months. Got trapped in one of those 'oh, the movie we were going to see isn't on, so lets go see Transformers instead'.

drew said...

robots in disguise amongst us

Of course they do; haven't you read Isaac Asimov?

byron smith said...

Donna - did you actually come up with the suggested title before Mr Anonymous? That's what Jess says.

My apologies if Jess is right (and it's always dangerous to doubt it). It should have been you I was not naming or shaming.

Vaughan Smith said...

I think if you walk into Transformers expecting to see anything more than an action movie about toys you will be extremely disappointed.

IT WAS GREAT!

linden said...

Sorry.

I guess I'm just not yet in the Zen state of being able to appreciate Speilberg's brilliance.

I still feel ripped off! :-)

Donna said...

Jess is right. But I wasn't daring you to, merely suggesting :-)

Happy to be not named, nor shamed.

Ms Anon.

andrewE said...

I loved it. No apologies.

byron smith said...

Donna (a.k.a. Mrs Anon) - sorry, my mistake. Mr Anon (no relation to you) started picked up on the suggestion as we were driving home and dared me to do it.

Dave Lankshear said...

The metal colours just kept moving and twirling and transforming... oh, sorry, that was last night's Sherbert. ;-)