I know this is very long but I would really appreciate if one person would respond and tell me how wrong I may be (open to anyone's opinions, though try not to be too mean).
Here it is:
Why do people say the Transformers movies have no plot, bad characters, and are about nothing but special effects?
Two movies that have grossed over 500 million and over 800 million respectively. A hugely popular franchise with a third installment coming in July 2011. And yet people say that Transformers and Transformers; Revenge Of The Fallen have no plot. Why is this?
First it's with Shia LeBeaouf. Apparently no one has ever watched any transformers cartoon or any anime (Transformers, all of them are American-Japanese produced). If they did, they would know that his character is direct on the spot (kind hearted and silly) for a main character for these movies. And then Megan Fox. Besides being hot, she's also a kind of mechanic. Considering Transformers frequently morph into cars and other vehicles, this works perfectly for various interactions.
What about their characters interactions? Isn't it cute when Shia LeBeaouf turns to Megan Fox and says, "I think there is more to you than meets the eye?" in the first one?
And the parents. The mother is hilarious as is the father, and comic relief is needed in a movie based off a toy line and cartoons. The father's comments (would say it but don't want to get the money amount wrong) about how much college will cost and the mother being angry about the government men playing with her flowers come to mind.
There was Jon Voight as the secretary of defense, and the girl with the accent trying to figure out what the frequency hacking computer systems was. And the soldier fighting for his life against a transformer that follows him and his men. And the guy who is tied to the pole only to reveal where Megatron and the cube are. It's only hard to remember names because there were so many characters who are decently developed and are more important than the transformers themselves.
All of them are well voiced, voices fit each character perfectly. There interactions with the human characters are the highlights of the movies. They are there for extreme, excellent special effects, but also provide an interesting story.
Now with the so called "no plot." Apparently robot-like creatures from space whose planet was destroyed by endless war with different sides (Auto bots vs. Decepticons) and are searching for a cube that can recreate their world is "no plot." Maybe not a strong one, but who wants to be moved by any of this when you can look at giant CGI robots fighting? Not to mention the interactions between human and robot/alien, which make perfect sense, like the conversation that goes:
"There such a violent race"
"Were we so different?"
The second one involves revenge of the decepticons (and more screen time). They want to use "The Fallen" to fight the auto bots that they lost too, and use some other device to blow up the sun, or rather, harness ultimate power. This includes a pyramid symbol tie-in. A revenge film? Sold.
So still not a "great" plot. But in comparison to some other movies that have been immensely popular, it's probably better than anything from the "Indiana Jones" movies (Holy Grail again?, magic rocks, melting face `ark', aliens), or a 3rd of the James Bond Movies (villains wants to destroy something, hot woman and action sequences, end movie).
Going deep into the special effects isn't worth the time. This is due to the fact that they are beyond anything seen in really any other movie or franchise. Every scene is a hundred percent convincing and just down-right amazing to look at. The colors, the construction, explosions (the boat scene in 2 being a highlight)...perfection has been reached with CGI only twice, and it was in these two movies.
There is also racial stereotyping, which I hardly see as being out of place with the exception of Skid and Mudflaps, who yes, are annoying and were a bad idea. Otherwise, a smart foreign girl, a hot causician girl, a African-American kid afraid of the FBI, an old guy as secretary of defense...doesn't this happen in just about every movie? I for one found it shocking to see the young kids out of high school being at the Pentagon (or was it the UN). If anything they are a slightly spin on the usual (Shia LeBeaouf comical and Megan Fox breaks away from being just the hot girl).
That said, the two transforms Skid and Mudflaps are pretty bad. They are annoying and bring nothing but less screen time for other, more interesting transformers.
But anything is really worth complaining to the extent most people have about these movies, it should be about the lack of character development for the Transformers. This goes to anyone who isn't Optimus Prime or Bumblebee. The 1st worked but with over like 27 transformers in 2, it's hard to see or believe that any of them (besides the two mentioned) are getting anything that could be called character development.
With that said, my mind is set and I have no idea why people say transformers had no plot, bad characters, and is nothing but special effects.
I only hope that for Transformers 3 (being made and will make lots of money regardless of negative comments) that the number of Transformers can be lessened or some can stay and leave and do something else while others get some attention to themselves.
Edit: I am very willing to listen to anyone's opinions. I know some of what I wrote sounds like I'm close-minded to opinions; I just mean that I have a standpoint that I would like someone to change.
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