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Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster

Transformers News: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster

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Transformers One had its first screening in France at the Annecy Festival. While it did receive a standing ovation, that is a common occurrence in premier screenings in France, but fans there are giving us some tidbits that they can share. We will share those below but before we also have the runtime confirmed to be 94 minutes. Also, we learned that there are no pop songs in the film, it's all score.

Here are some points shared on Reddit.

- film is not shallow, it is instead best film of the franchise so far
- pacing is very quick
- no pop songs in the film
- a lot of cameos
- no time skips or flashbacks, easy film to follow
- Transformers we see the most are Orion Pax, D-16, B-127, Elita-1, Sentinel Prime (leader of Cybertron) and Airachnid
- film is unbelievable fun, amazing action packed and side-splittingly hilarious
- Rise of Orion to Optimus and fall of Megatron is handled as best as it could have been
- film is gorgeous
- voice acting is really good
- kinda between Lego movie and first Avengers movie, innocent on the surface but dar underneath
- a lot of G1 references

Also, a new poster was unveiled for this first screening, it shows Optimus and Megatron in their final forms in the film.

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Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181275)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on June 11th, 2024 @ 4:40am CDT
This looks very, VERY promising.

And damn, having pop songs in the movie would have been very immersion-breaking. So I'm glad that the director decided to skip them, or he stood his grounds against corporate inference. :APPLAUSE:
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181276)
Posted by AlexanderLuft on June 11th, 2024 @ 8:29am CDT
That's really cool. I hope if we get to see Megatron's downfall we hear Instruments of Destruction like on a montage
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181277)
Posted by Dragonslayer on June 11th, 2024 @ 8:35am CDT
I was pretty excited for this movie both as a Transformers fan and as a dad. I took my daughter to the theater for the first time last year to see The Super Mario Bros. Movie (the Dreamworks one, of course ;) ) and she had an absolute blast and loved it. She got super psyched when I showed her the trailer for TF One.
All this positive press is extremely promising and getting me even more excited for it. I cannot wait!
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181279)
Posted by Quantum Surge on June 11th, 2024 @ 10:19am CDT
"best film in the franchise so far" guess that means the 1986 movie isn't good anymore then lol
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181280)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on June 11th, 2024 @ 10:33am CDT
Quantum Surge wrote:"best film in the franchise so far" guess that means the 1986 movie isn't good anymore then lol


To be fair, the 1986 movie is pretty bad. The movie is awesome from the start until the final battle between Optimus and Megs. But once that battle is done, we're back to the regular Sunbow shenanigans.
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181283)
Posted by Glyph on June 11th, 2024 @ 11:36am CDT
Anticipation cautiously building...

-Kanrabat- wrote:And damn, having pop songs in the movie would have been very immersion-breaking.
Yeah, imagine if the movie was in the middle of a pitched battle or something and a rock anthem suddenly started blaring out! ;)
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181284)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 11th, 2024 @ 11:42am CDT
Glyph wrote:Anticipation cautiously building...

-Kanrabat- wrote:And damn, having pop songs in the movie would have been very immersion-breaking.
Yeah, imagine if the movie was in the middle of a pitched battle or something and a rock anthem suddenly started blaring out! ;)
Yeah, that took me by surprise. A Hollywood-made non-Disney family film in this day and age having no pop songs whatsoever is super rare.
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181285)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on June 11th, 2024 @ 11:49am CDT
Yeah, I'm taking all that with a whole shaker of salt. I'm still going to see it, but I was hoping we would get a detailed view of life on Cybertron before things went bad, but if "the downfall of Megatron" is already included, it sounds like they're just rehashing the story in the same manner that's been done repeatedly. So my expectations are tempered. Still looks better than RoTB, but that not a high bar to clear.
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181286)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 11th, 2024 @ 11:54am CDT
Rodimus Prime wrote:Yeah, I'm taking all that with a whole shaker of salt. I'm still going to see it, but I was hoping we would get a detailed view of life on Cybertron before things went bad, but if "the downfall of Megatron" is already included, it sounds like they're just rehashing the story in the same manner that's been done repeatedly. So my expectations ate tempered. Still looks better than RoTB, but that not a high bar to clear.
The "life on Cybertron" at this point in the story is probably "The Quintessons rule everything and oppress everyone, so life kinda sucks for most."
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181287)
Posted by Glyph on June 11th, 2024 @ 11:57am CDT
Rodimus Prime wrote:I was hoping we would get a detailed view of life on Cybertron before things went bad, but if "the downfall of Megatron" is already included, it sounds like they're just rehashing the story in the same manner that's been done repeatedly.
To be fair, I thought the movie's arc taking us from Op+Megs as friends to bitter enemies had always been the pitch. It's certainly what the trailer showed, with that quick little cut of Megatron in full villain mode.

I'd expect Act I to cover life on Cybertron and their friendship pre-war, with "things going bad" being roughly the end of Act II. That said, the test audience apparently said it was "really funny" so whether that's a consistent tone throughout (I've been expecting a Guardians of the Galaxy tone, overall) or mostly the first half remains to be seen.

--EDIT--
And yeah, as Sabrblade said, the Quints. I wouldn't be surprised if Megatron's revolution in this film begins as an uprising against the Quintessons, rather than following the IDW Autocracy / functionalism plotline.
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181288)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on June 11th, 2024 @ 12:01pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Rodimus Prime wrote:Yeah, I'm taking all that with a whole shaker of salt. I'm still going to see it, but I was hoping we would get a detailed view of life on Cybertron before things went bad, but if "the downfall of Megatron" is already included, it sounds like they're just rehashing the story in the same manner that's been done repeatedly. So my expectations ate tempered. Still looks better than RoTB, but that not a high bar to clear.
The "life on Cybertron" at this point in the story is probably "The Quintessons rule everything and oppress everyone, so life kinda sucks for most."
Well that wouldn't be my top choice, but I guess it's different than "Pax and Megs are friends. They disagree over who should be leader. Megs gets in his feelings and becomes a petulant child. Rinse and repeat."
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181290)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on June 11th, 2024 @ 12:06pm CDT
Glyph wrote:
Rodimus Prime wrote:I was hoping we would get a detailed view of life on Cybertron before things went bad, but if "the downfall of Megatron" is already included, it sounds like they're just rehashing the story in the same manner that's been done repeatedly.
To be fair, I thought the movie's arc taking us from Op+Megs as friends to bitter enemies had always been the pitch.
Yes, I was just being optimistic in thinking we might get a sequel if they manage to keep Megatron's turn until the very end. And then the sequel deals with the first few years of the conflict, whether it be against the Quints, Bots against Cons, or both.
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181293)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 11th, 2024 @ 12:10pm CDT
Rodimus Prime wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
Rodimus Prime wrote:Yeah, I'm taking all that with a whole shaker of salt. I'm still going to see it, but I was hoping we would get a detailed view of life on Cybertron before things went bad, but if "the downfall of Megatron" is already included, it sounds like they're just rehashing the story in the same manner that's been done repeatedly. So my expectations ate tempered. Still looks better than RoTB, but that not a high bar to clear.
The "life on Cybertron" at this point in the story is probably "The Quintessons rule everything and oppress everyone, so life kinda sucks for most."
Well that wouldn't be my top choice, but I guess it's different than "Pax and Megs are friends. They disagree over who should be leader. Megs gets in his feelings and becomes a petulant child. Rinse and repeat."
The Aligned backstory that this movie seems to be deriving it's story from originally had "the rule and overthrow of the Quintessons" and "the friendship and breakup of Orion and Megs" be two different events separated by several ages of Cybertron history (the Quints originally ruled during the "Age of Wrath", then after they were kicked off the planet came an era of peace and prosperity called the "Golden Age", then came the "Age of Rust" that started with a rust plague that ended the prosperity and required a stricter sense of rigid order to end the chaos and panic brought about by the plague, leading to the caste system taking over), so it seems this movie decided to merge the once two different events together to make them one single event, with Orion and Megs opposing the Quints together instead of opposing the caste system together, and their falling out coming off the backs of the Quints' defeat instead.
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181294)
Posted by Glyph on June 11th, 2024 @ 12:14pm CDT
Makes sense, and very much in keeping with the general approach of streamlining stuff to fit into a 90-minute movie.
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181295)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 11th, 2024 @ 12:38pm CDT
It's also possible that they wanted to make this movie less political by having Orion and Megs overthrow oppressive evil aliens instead of an oppressive corrupt government, since overthrowing evil aliens is a more fantasy concept that all viewers can understand better and enjoy more than overthrowing a corrupt government.
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181312)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on June 11th, 2024 @ 6:03pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Glyph wrote:Anticipation cautiously building...

-Kanrabat- wrote:And damn, having pop songs in the movie would have been very immersion-breaking.
Yeah, imagine if the movie was in the middle of a pitched battle or something and a rock anthem suddenly started blaring out! ;)
Yeah, that took me by surprise. A Hollywood-made non-Disney family film in this day and age having no pop songs whatsoever is super rare.


That just means I'll have to stand up in the theater and start singing, loudly.
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181313)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 11th, 2024 @ 6:06pm CDT
chuckdawg1999 wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
Glyph wrote:Anticipation cautiously building...

-Kanrabat- wrote:And damn, having pop songs in the movie would have been very immersion-breaking.
Yeah, imagine if the movie was in the middle of a pitched battle or something and a rock anthem suddenly started blaring out! ;)
Yeah, that took me by surprise. A Hollywood-made non-Disney family film in this day and age having no pop songs whatsoever is super rare.


That just means I'll have to stand up in the theater and start singing, loudly.
Mind if I join you? We can make it a duet of Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up". They'll love it! :P
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181315)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on June 11th, 2024 @ 6:09pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
chuckdawg1999 wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
Glyph wrote:Anticipation cautiously building...

-Kanrabat- wrote:And damn, having pop songs in the movie would have been very immersion-breaking.
Yeah, imagine if the movie was in the middle of a pitched battle or something and a rock anthem suddenly started blaring out! ;)
Yeah, that took me by surprise. A Hollywood-made non-Disney family film in this day and age having no pop songs whatsoever is super rare.


That just means I'll have to stand up in the theater and start singing, loudly.
Mind if I join you? We can make it a duet of Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up". They'll love it! :P


Smell that, that's what a viral moment smells like.
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181317)
Posted by Cyber Bishop on June 11th, 2024 @ 6:41pm CDT
Rodimus Prime wrote:Yeah, I'm taking all that with a whole shaker of salt. I'm still going to see it, but I was hoping we would get a detailed view of life on Cybertron before things went bad, but if "the downfall of Megatron" is already included, it sounds like they're just rehashing the story in the same manner that's been done repeatedly. So my expectations are tempered. Still looks better than RoTB, but that not a high bar to clear.



I agree especially with some of the idiots on reddit.
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181323)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 11th, 2024 @ 7:48pm CDT
AlexanderLuft wrote:That's really cool. I hope if we get to see Megatron's downfall we hear Instruments of Destruction like on a montage
But the news post said there are no pop songs in the movie.
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181346)
Posted by william-james88 on June 12th, 2024 @ 10:28am CDT
Yup, not a joke, that headline is a direct quote from Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who took the time to give some interesting quotes at the first screening of Transformers One in France. He was interviewed along with Josh Cooley, the director of Transformers One, as well as the head of Paramount Animation and Hasbro's head of film. You can read the full interview below, which comes from Variety.


This is the first animated Transformers movie in 40 years. What challenges did you face in getting it made?

Cooley: There were a lot of different challenges on this film. The fact that it’s animated, I think, is a benefit, though. Being that it’s set on Cybertron, there are no humans, and it’s all about the robots; it just feels natural to animate that as opposed to doing any other version. We went as big and as epic as possible just to match that feeling that people remember from the ’86 film.

Di Bonaventura: What’s so surprising about the ’86 film is how dark it is. Honestly, I don’t understand why people love it so much. For some, maybe it was their first cinematic experience, but it’s really a downer movie. Interestingly, when we showed our trailer for the first time, the fans’ reaction was to compare our movie to that one. But they’re so not comparable because that’s so dark, and this has so much humanity. They’re completely different movies in many ways.

Naito: I think for us at Paramount Animation, what was so great about partnering with Lorenzo and Josh is that this particular story could really only be told through animation. I mean, the world that Josh envisioned for Cybertron is extraordinary. It has so much innovation and beauty alongside a story that has so much heart.

Foreman: An animated “Transformers” movie was not part of the other piece of our relationship with Paramount and the live-action movies, so it’s something independent that we both had to agree on. But, from the very beginning, we all decided this was something we wanted. We brought Josh onto the project and developed it with Paramount as equal partners, and it’s basically been that way throughout the entire process.

Can you lure audiences who are not fans or familiar with the Transformers?

Cooley: It’s an origin story, so we not only talk about these characters that people know, but of the origin of the species itself. We go back to the beginning. This is what happened. This is how we got to this place. You can go in knowing absolutely nothing and enjoy this film.

Naito: That’s really important because we don’t want people to feel like, “Wow, I need to see seven movies before I go see this.” With this film, you don’t have to understand anything to follow along and enjoy it.

Josh, you previously directed “Toy Story 4.” How is it to be back again with a movie about a toy franchise?

Cooley: I didn’t approach this one as toys. In “Toy Story,” they are physically toys, and so everything they do is down on the floor, and they can only go as fast as their body allows them. But in this film, the characters are robots. They are on another planet. They are huge. They can do a lot more than a toy. That’s how I approached it, making sure that we still have those restrictions in play of what these characters actually are, which makes it way more fun when you’re watching it. It doesn’t feel like two people in suits acting it out. It’s like, “No, these are robots that are actually going a bunch of these emotions that you’re feeling and you’re along with.”

And you’ve enlisted some big Hollywood talent to voice these characters and bring them to life.

Cooley: Yeah, we have an incredible cast. I can’t believe how great it was. Everybody was fantastic. I would walk them through the scene, and they’d suggest a lot of stuff. Keegan[-Michael Key], of course, rifted like crazy on things. But Chris Hemsworth is also extremely funny. I was not prepared for how funny he is. A lot of his lines in this film are riffs off of what we had written, but he just brought his charisma and his comedy to it. He totally got it.

Di Bonaventura: That was really important because, from a fan point of view, the original voice of Optimus Prime, Peter Cullen, is revered. To have somebody else voice Optimus Prime was like, “Whoa, we better get this right.” We couldn’t use Peter because the audience needs to feel the character’s youth. That’s why we pursued Chris. I was surprised, too, but not how funny Chris was. I’ve seen him in things where he was funny. But he has a very strong sense of story. That’s not true with every movie star.

Comedy is also a great way to broaden the appeal, right?

Cooley: The comedy in the live-action Transformers is always the balance between the humans and the robots. It’s almost like a fish-out-of-water story. I knew that would be a challenge with this film because we don’t have humans to play off of. It really had to come out of these characters. They had to be strong characters that could do what I call the elevator test, which is you could take two characters and put them in an elevator together and just let the scene play out.

After the success of “Mutant Mayhem” last year, Paramount is on a real high. How important is it that you follow that up with a film of the same quality and one that resonates with audiences the way that film did?

Naito: Extremely important. I think this film will appeal to the super fans and usher in a new generation of fans that will just ignite their interest in the entire franchise in a really exciting way. The film is beautiful. It’s innovative. The vision that Josh and Lorenzo have brought to the film is just incredible. The movie has so much soul.

And what does this film signify for Hasbro?

Foreman: For Hasbro Entertainment and the new iteration of our company, we are more likely to be more closely involved in the creative than we have been in the past with our brands. We’re in it for the long-term health of these things, the beautiful, emotional, nostalgic attachment that people have to these evergreen properties like Transformers. We want to make sure we protect them in every way possible. In the past, the company has been okay with dropping these pieces of IP off with other people, and I think the approach is different now. I’m hoping with movies like ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ and this one, people see the quality has a little bit to do with our involvement.
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181347)
Posted by Gauntlet101010 on June 12th, 2024 @ 10:45am CDT
Fair. I mean they off most of our beloved childhood cast as an opener. I get his perspective.

What can I say? Time heals all wounds. I forgave them when OP came back. Plus I always loved Hot Rod, Galvatron, and Unicron.
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181350)
Posted by Glyph on June 12th, 2024 @ 10:59am CDT
eh, it's di Bonaventura so it probably only needed the first four words, really. AFAICT he just says whatever's convenient to the moment anyway so I don't set much stock by it.

That question from the interviewer is revealing though: "How is it to be back again with a movie about a toy franchise?"

That's a big reason why I don't think the film will do well financially, even if it's (as we all hope) a really good, fun film in itself. The perception that it's just "a toy movie".
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181351)
Posted by o.supreme on June 12th, 2024 @ 10:59am CDT
He "doesn't get it" because he's not really a fan. He's a producer who has been attached to a franchise he really knows little about, par for the course in Hollywood these days.

Also, I love how all these articles state this is the first animated TF film to be in theaters since TFTM in 1986.... That might be true for North America, and most of the world....but there was a TF animated film in theaters in Japan in December of 1998, and it is actually quite fun. No humans in it either.
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Posted by Sabrblade on June 12th, 2024 @ 11:07am CDT
Kind of a clickbait-y title when that bit about Lorenzo not getting why people like the '86 movie is only a minor aside mentioned in passing and largely irrelevant to what all the interview talks about.

o.supreme wrote:Also, I love how all these articles state this is the first animated TF film to be in theaters since TFTM in 1986.... That might be true for North America, and most of the world....but there was a TF animated film in theaters in Japan in December of 1998, and it is actually quite fun. No humans in it either.
Japan got two. ;) They aired the Beast Wars Season 3 episode "Cutting Edge" in theaters with an extended prologue made from parts of "Optimal Situation". It never saw release on DVD in Japan, only as a standalone VHS release, and was left out of the Beast Wars Metals series DVD release (same with the Season 2 episode "Bad Spark", which was likewise released in theaters with the Beast Wars Second movie).

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Posted by o.supreme on June 12th, 2024 @ 11:10am CDT
Yeah. I thought that was all one event. I only mentioned the BWII movie because it was the new portion. The rest was recycled stuff from BW (although it was new to Japan at the time).
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Posted by Sabrblade on June 12th, 2024 @ 11:19am CDT
o.supreme wrote:Yeah. I thought that was all one event. I only mentioned the BWII movie because it was the new portion. The rest was recycled stuff from BW (although it was new to Japan at the time).
Nope. They got two.

Beast Wars Special: Super Lifeform Transformers was a triple-feature released in theaters on December 19, 1998. It consisted of "Clash! Beast Warriors", "Lio Convoy in Imminent Danger!", and "Beast Wars: Super Lifeform Transformers - Metals".

The 1999 Summer Toei Anime Fair was a three-part anthology released in theaters on July 31, 1999. It consisted of "Beast Wars Metals: Convoy's Great Transformation!", a special for Microman, and a special for Licca-chan.

And both of these came before Beast Wars Metals even started broadcasting on Japanese television, so Japan got to see both "Bad Spark" and "Cutting Edge" ahead of the series proper.
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181361)
Posted by cruizerdave on June 12th, 2024 @ 12:22pm CDT
The darkness was part of what we loved about it.
Seeing all that death and a couple of swears two years in, it made us feel like we were getting away with something. It also felt like Transformers was growing up with us. Characters died, or were irrevocably changed, Spike wasn’t stuck being a kid sidekick. There was real danger!
It came out the same year as The Dark Knight Returns, which proved comics weren’t just for kids. Well, neither were cartoons.
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Posted by Sabrblade on June 12th, 2024 @ 12:26pm CDT
cruizerdave wrote:The darkness was part of what we loved about it.
Speak for yourself. Not every kid craves depression, misery, and suffering.
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Posted by Glyph on June 12th, 2024 @ 12:56pm CDT
Probably depends what age you were at the time. I was 8/9 when it came out, and I loved it because it was my favourite toys/comics, but on the screen. (UK so not much presence for the TV show, and had to keep renting it from the video store at 50p per time. I think my parents eventually copied the tape.)

It wasn't until much later that I recognised it as a cynical clearing of the decks by Hasbro, followed by a blatant Star Wars ripoffclassic Hero's Journey for the rest of its runtime. But by then it was too late, nostalgia ensured I'd always have a special place for it. ;)

And honestly, the first 30 minutes still ranks as some of my most beloved Transformers animation.
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Posted by o.supreme on June 12th, 2024 @ 1:33pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
cruizerdave wrote:The darkness was part of what we loved about it.
Speak for yourself. Not every kid craves depression, misery, and suffering.



Maybe re-read the rest of that statement, omitting the exact part you quoted? I don't "love" darkness. But at the age of 10, that film definitely resonated with me. I hated that Optimus Died, but it was compelling story telling. Also good triumphs over evil, so its not a "downer" at all. Heck, there's a silly dance number to a Weird Al song. It certainly has its share of battles, and was a big step up from the 65 episodes we had already seen. But the status quo had been changed. Even with Optimus Prime retuning a few months later, things would never go back to being the same.
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Posted by william-james88 on June 12th, 2024 @ 1:38pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:Kind of a clickbait-y title when that bit about Lorenzo not getting why people like the '86 movie is only a minor aside mentioned in passing and largely irrelevant to what all the interview talks about.


Couldn't resist. Though I found the rest of the article to be pretty dull corporate speak, with the most insightful thing being the further proof of how far removed the lead producer of this franchise is to beloved aspects of said franchise.
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Posted by DeathReviews on June 12th, 2024 @ 1:56pm CDT
He's not wrong about the 86 movie - it WAS a 'downer'. Like many films of the 80s, it was a disjointed, incoherent, apocalyptic hayride to nowhere. If it hadn't had the G1 characters in it as an anchor, I wouldn't have been able to connect with it in any meaningful way.
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Posted by Bun-Bun on June 12th, 2024 @ 4:29pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:Kind of a clickbait-y title

Clickbait?!?
On Seibertron!?!
Surely you jest.
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Posted by -Kanrabat- on June 12th, 2024 @ 4:34pm CDT
DeathReviews wrote:He's not wrong about the 86 movie - it WAS a 'downer'. Like many films of the 80s, it was a disjointed, incoherent, apocalyptic hayride to nowhere. If it hadn't had the G1 characters in it as an anchor, I wouldn't have been able to connect with it in any meaningful way.


I tried watching the movie with my sis and niece some years ago. After Optimus's death, they were bored to tears and I had to stop the movie.

I was a bored too.

I have the impression that most of the movie budget went into that first tier. Then everything went downhill.
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Posted by Rodimus Prime on June 12th, 2024 @ 4:58pm CDT
Didn't we already know that this guy has no real frame of reference when it comes to the franchise? He looks at it as a producer who wants another studio property to make money, not as a fan of the franchise who wants to contribute a memorable addition to it.
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Posted by Spider5800 on June 12th, 2024 @ 9:54pm CDT
o.supreme wrote:He "doesn't get it" because he's not really a fan.


I'm a fan, and I don't get why people like this movie either. It's really not good. The best parts are in the first 3rd of the film, it's a dull slog after that. And even the "good" parts are pretty depressing, and basically just an excuse for toy execs to kill off their customer's action figures so they have to buy more toys. It's an incredibly cynical film.

-Kanrabat- wrote:I tried watching the movie with my sis and niece some years ago. After Optimus's death, they were bored to tears and I had to stop the movie.

I was a bored too.


Exactly this. It basically becomes a whole different movie after the Autobot City fight, and not a fun one. Optimus' death should have been the climax of the film.
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181395)
Posted by SpaceEagle on June 12th, 2024 @ 10:20pm CDT
Maybe I just don't have nostalgia goggles for the film, but I can see where he's coming from. Granted the title of this article makes it seem like he's baffled people find interest in it when really he makes a good point about it being very depressing and honestly rather shocking, especially with it killing off beloved characters to show kids the new products.
That being said, I don't hate the '86 film. I honestly don't think it's particularly good, but at the same time there isn't...really a lot of better alternatives. I don't hate the Bayverse either, which is arguably just as dark, if not darker, than the '86 film, just that of course that itself also had a lot of disappointed fans.
I do think he is still approaching this like a typical business guy doing business, but, meh, I can't exactly pretend the original film was a masterpiece in any way anyway.
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181396)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 12th, 2024 @ 10:28pm CDT
As of now, the best movie is Bumblebee, even without the GEEWUN-ness of the opening Cybertron scene.
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181398)
Posted by Glyph on June 12th, 2024 @ 11:31pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:As of now, the best movie is Bumblebee, even without the GEEWUN-ness of the opening Cybertron scene.
Co-signed, literally the only one of the live action movies I enjoyed and the only one I'd recommend to other people. But '86 will always have the exception for pure nostalgia. (Opinion pending on ROTB for when I get around to watching it)

Rodimus Prime wrote:Didn't we already know that this guy has no real frame of reference when it comes to the franchise?
We did, and while it's true that he's "just a producer", it's also true that he's been a producer on the franchise for almost 20 years now. You'd think that, by this point, either he would have gotten a clue or we would have learned not to treat whatever corporate hype-speak he spouts on the latest project as being in any way significant.
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181399)
Posted by Solrac333 on June 12th, 2024 @ 11:39pm CDT
"Di Bonaventura Doesn't Understand". That's the problem. He needs to go.
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181400)
Posted by Burn on June 13th, 2024 @ 12:11am CDT
Bun-Bun wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:Kind of a clickbait-y title

Clickbait?!?
On Seibertron!?!
Surely you jest.

I thought I was on CBR for a second ...
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181401)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on June 13th, 2024 @ 12:15am CDT
Glyph wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:As of now, the best movie is Bumblebee, even without the GEEWUN-ness of the opening Cybertron scene.
Co-signed, literally the only one of the live action movies I enjoyed and the only one I'd recommend to other people. But '86 will always have the exception for pure nostalgia. (Opinion pending on ROTB for when I get around to watching it)
"Best" is a matter of opinion. You may think it to be the best, maybe even the majority of the fandom does as well, doesn't mean it is for everyone. I've seen the Bumblebee movie once. Haven't had the urge to see it again in the last 5 years, whereas the 07 movie I've watched 6-8 times. The sequels less frequently, but still more than Bee. RoTB I saw once on streaming, and it was about as bad as I expected. TF:TM, on the other hand, I watch once a year on January 1st. Never get tired of it. And it's not nostalgia, I really enjoy watching the movie.
Rodimus Prime wrote:Didn't we already know that this guy has no real frame of reference when it comes to the franchise?
We did, and while it's true that he's "just a producer", it's also true that he's been a producer on the franchise for almost 20 years now. You'd think that, by this point, either he would have gotten a clue or we would have learned not to treat whatever corporate hype-speak he spouts on the latest project as being in any way significant.
My point exactly. And I don't begrudge him for not being favorable towards TF:TM. At least he says *he* doesn't get it, not that it's outright a bad movie.
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181402)
Posted by SpaceEagle on June 13th, 2024 @ 12:22am CDT
Rodimus Prime wrote:My point exactly. And I don't begrudge him for not being favorable towards TF:TM. At least he says *he* doesn't get it, not that it's outright a bad movie.

Yeah, that's all the statement really rings to me, aside from it being just typical business guy talk, it still isn't like he said the old film sucks and his movie will be so much better, just that he didn't get it and that's about it.
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181403)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on June 13th, 2024 @ 1:22am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
AlexanderLuft wrote:That's really cool. I hope if we get to see Megatron's downfall we hear Instruments of Destruction like on a montage
But the news post said there are no pop songs in the movie.


Then you know what we have to do!

The 86 movie will always have a special place in my heart. Over time it's become one of my favorite films ever. I think knowing Optimus returns makes watching and enjoying it easier. Also, the music is on point.
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181405)
Posted by TOO MUCH ENERGON! on June 13th, 2024 @ 2:10am CDT
Grace Randolph is a hack who has been caught completely making stuff up. So take what she's saying with a grain of salt.
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181406)
Posted by Glyph on June 13th, 2024 @ 3:37am CDT
Rodimus Prime wrote:"Best" is a matter of opinion. You may think it to be the best, maybe even the majority of the fandom does as well, doesn't mean it is for everyone. I've seen the Bumblebee movie once. Haven't had the urge to see it again in the last 5 years, whereas the 07 movie I've watched 6-8 times. ... TF:TM, on the other hand, I watch once a year on January 1st. Never get tired of it. And it's not nostalgia, I really enjoy watching the movie.
On the one hand: well, obviously. I thought we could take it as read that statements of preference are opinion and not universal truths, without spelling that out every time.

But on the other hand: actual quality - of writing, of direction, of acting - is a thing. People often say "best" when they mean "favourite", but that doesn't mean that the level of craft on display is just a matter of taste. (I don't much like rap, as a matter of preference, but I can appreciate the technical skill involved in a good rapper's flow, wordplay and speed.) At the production level, BB is pretty much universally judged to be a better movie than its predecessors, as I understand it.

Obviously TF:TM is an absolute touchstone for TF fans of a certain age. It's also sorta janky, has massively variable animation quality and plenty of production errors, and kinda feels like two separate movies glued together at the point of OP's death. I love it. It's a comfort watch for me in the way that no other TF film is - nostalgia and enjoyment are not mutually exclusive things! - but I can also accept that it's hardly the greatest piece of cinema ever made. It's a "cult classic" now, but let's not forget that it bombed hard and was panned by reviewers when it was originally released - I think it's fair to say that most of its fans first came to it as kids (and already TF fans), not adults.

In a vain effort to drag this thread back on course: I see a lot of parallels in TF:One, honestly. I'm expecting it to largely underperform (would be nice to be wrong though) but hope it can be a similar touchstone for the next generation of fans. Would be even nicer if it can be an underappreciated gem and not a "cult classic" for them!
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181414)
Posted by o.supreme on June 13th, 2024 @ 10:32am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:As of now, the best live action movie is Bumblebee, because of the opening Cybertron scene.


Fixed for ya. ;) . Seriously though. Yeah BB is definitely the Best Live Action TF film, the Opening Scene & Flashback to Cybertron weren't necessary, but it definitely catapulted the films' status to a whole other level. A 90 minute version of those events; in that style, is what I want; NOT TF One. I'm not saying TF One will be a failure. I don't look forward to it, but I don't encourage anything to fail, unless its completely utter unredeemable trash like where Star Wars is right now.
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181424)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 13th, 2024 @ 11:21am CDT
o.supreme wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:As of now, the best live action movie is Bumblebee, because of the opening Cybertron scene.


Fixed for ya. ;) .
Bad form!

The Bumblebee movie proved its worth in spite of the GEEWUN pandering of the opening scene. If everyone in that scene had been in forms based on Armada instead, the movie would have still been exactly as strong a film as it already is as-is.
Re: Breakdown of First Screening for Transformers One + Runtime Confirmed and New Poster (2181425)
Posted by Quantum Surge on June 13th, 2024 @ 11:23am CDT
At least the article isn't titled "BONAVENTURA HATES THE 1986 MOVIE THEREFORE WE ARE ENEMIES!!!!!"

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