Dinojack86: I love seeing/reading about nonfan or casual viewers’ reactions to fannish items of all kinds. Thanks for sharing your wife’s impressions!
I can offer only a few snippets—both from people who are vaguely aware of what Transformers are and can do, but who aren’t really fans--in return so far. First, I brought DOTM in to work today in case anyone wanted to have a quick ‘preview’ during their coffee break or whatever. One of the cleaners wanted to have a look at the ‘new guy’ without being too spoiled so I skipped the DVD ahead to the scene where Optimus revives Sentinel, then they have their little orientation chat. The cleaner was impressed, but only because: “Wow, that guy (Sentinel) sure is cranky. Sheesh! What’s HIS problem?" I replied that he was probably cranky because he’d just been woken up after ‘sleeping’ for some thousands of years. Another person who'd watched chimed in at that point with: "Maybe that's why (insert name of universally disliked person-in-the-building here) is so damn crabby. She sleeps too damn much!"
Also...yesterday I was looking at a GIF online which someone made of the scene where Optimus tackles Sentinel while Sentinel is trying to drive off in his fire truck mode. A guy I know well meanders in and also looks at it…”Is that from the new Transformers movie?"…”Yup." We look at it again. Then we both start snickering. I guess, all dramatic aspects aside, the sheer goofiness of it was finally seeping through…we were watching a giant robot tackle a fire truck in order to force him into assuming his own robot form. More giggles. Next thing I know, I'm caught up in discussing this appalling alternate version, musing aloud about how awful it would have been had Sentinel decided to disguise himself as an ordinary city bus instead and Optimus had made a terrible mistake and grabbed the wrong bus.
Screams and shattered windows and dented sides and blood spraying everywhere! And Optimus would no doubt have slunk off, averting his eyes and muttering, “Oh, sorry. My bad."...
THAT'S why I like sharing the fannish stuff with nonfans. They sure do come up with some different ways of looking at things.