First off, there were SO many people there. T and B said it was more than the Spider-man 3 screening. We were worried that we wouldn’t get in and we almost didn’t. There were almost literally 15 tickets left by the time we got to the theater door. The lady came in and started doing the “Thank you all for coming and thank you to the studio for blah blah blah…" spiel. Then she said that they had to turn away 200 to 250 people that waited in line, so we were lucky to be there.
Anyway, so the Dreamworks and Paramout logos go on the screen and there are little, dark, alien-ish sounds going on in the back ground. That kind of set the mood. Then we hear the big guy’s voice. Optimus Prime, the REAL Prime: Mr. Peter Cullen tells us what’s goin’ down. Goosebumps, dude. Goosebumps…
It started off going back and forth between the city where the kid (Sam Witwicky) lives/goes to school and the desert. Sam’s doing a presentation to his class – Funny scene. Back in the desert we meet Blackout for the first time. Let me tell you, his transformation almost made me shit myself. Blackout lays down a BEATING on the military base. The CGI is like nothing I have ever seen before. I read this online, but I’ll have to agree – It’s like the first time you saw the dinos in Jurassic Park. Amazing…
Ok, so on to the story – Sam gets to go get a car. Really funny scenes at the used car dealership. Bernie Mac is hilarious and Sam drives home in a 78 Camaro. Blah blah blah. Sam winds up being able to give the girl a ride home. Pretty funny interaction between Sam, Mikaela and Bumblebee (Sam doesn’t know he’s a robot yet) and Bumblebee’s radio. Blah blah blah… So Sam finally realizes that his car is a robot. We meet Barricade’s robot form (we saw his car in earlier scenes also with Frenzy – The stero/scout). Bumblebee and Barricade throw DOWN. Bumblebee comes out on top and the humans realize that he’s not there to hurt them. Bumblebee also can’t speak (in the prequel comics we learn that Megatron crushed his vox), so he communicates through his radio.
BB called in the reinforcements, they come, we see their protoforms and see what they scan to be able to hide amongst us and then we’re finally introduced to all of the Autobots. They all transform simultaneously and it was like a fuckin nerd orgy for me. They’re all introduced and we finally get to see them all up close. All I’m saying is that if the Matrix raised the bar as far as effects, this movie destroyed the bar; they’re going to have to find another way to measure shit like this.
Ooookkkaaaay. So I’ll spare you from having to read a book. We meet the bad guys, we see the struggle the humans face b/c they have no idea what’s going on or what will happen. We see them team up with the Autobots, we see the Allspark.
Finally get to see the whole Bonecrusher/OP highway fight and that was really something else to see on a big screen. Bonecrusher is NUTS and Prime is a fackin badass.
We know who’s who and what’s what and why everything is happening and then we meet a thawed out Megatron. Bring the pain – That’s a mean motherfacker. That’s all I’m saying. You see the dynamic switch when he joins the fight.
There’s an aerial dog fight between Starscream and the military that is amazing. We got a bigass tank turning into a ‘bot and kickin ass in the streets… Blackout comes back and thrashes the place (I forgot to mention the fight scene with Scorponok - Blackout’s “pet” – around the beginning of the flick. Pretty cool). Ratchet (the Hummer) and Ironhide (the GMC Truck) look so goddamn cool fighting. Jazz (Pontiac Solstice) works it out too as does Bumblebee; sort of a big alien robot drive-by kind of thing with BB. Anyway…
Thennn the OP and Megs fight. Wow… Really, that’s all that I can say.
Seriously, there were applause and hoots and hollers at the end. I was finally in a room full of people who could appreciate my obsession… after that movie, I think anyone could.
I can honestly say that it was everything that I expected. I can’t say MORE than I expected because I did so much research on it and knew a lot of the spoilers, effects, story, but the fact that it wasn’t one of those “Well, they showed all of the good parts in the trailers!" types of movies was impressive.
All in all, I give it 5 thumbs up.