Monday, May 21, 2007

They're coming, transform my summer.

I'll admit it.
I caved. I tried to hold out as long as I could. I said all the right things that a film-educated artisan of the movie industry was supposed to say. Michael Bay will just glitz it up,'ll be all frosting and no cake, the dialogue will be trite and schmaltzy, the "humor" will be weak,...the designs are largely preposterous, Bumblebee is not a classic VW Beetle, what the f**k is up with Megatron? Why isn't he a gun? Or at the very least, a plasma cannon or something?
But then,......then I saw the new trailer,....and it had more shots of the robots, like Starscream transforming in mid-air and stomping onto a pile of cars.....and I got an eye twitch.
And then Bumblebee transformed and stood up into scene and my eyebrows, (well, eyebrow, really), went straight up, and finally,....Optimus Prime showed up and as he transformed from eighteen wheeler to battle robot mode, they hooked every one of the little boys residing inside the men watching this trailer in that theatre right in our hearts.
Because when Prime transformed,.....he made,..."the sound".
And by sound I mean the one I don't have to explain to the fans out there but for the un-initiated, it's that glorious richly modulated series of ratchetings and clickings that accompanies an Autobot or a Decepticon when they're doing their thing.
It's a call to battle, a warning bell, and an "I am coming to kick the energon out of your tailpipe" all rolled into one!
The Choo-choo-chaaah-chaaah-choo! sound that accompanied any one of us with a Jazz or Wheeljack or soundwave in our hands as we desperately rushed to finish transforming the thing before we stopped making the sound.
With that one sound, it told me that Michael Bay knows everything he needs to know about making this film a hit. He's putting in all the little things that he knows are so big to our generation exactly where they should be and he knows what they are and when to hit you with em'.
That's why when I saw that,.....the little twelve year old me came shuffling in, right shoe untied and with a box of Lemonheads in his back pocket, and he kicked that cinematic soapbox right out from under me.
I came crashing to the ground and landed painfully on my shoulder but before I could pick myself up or regain composure, he grabbed me by the ears and simply said, "Opening day, July fourth." (except fourth sounded like fawth because the twelve year old me still has a Lynn/Boston accent), and he wandered off to make Megatron out of Legos.

So, my wiser me has shown me the light and apparently I have resigned myself to going to see this movie and loving every minute of it,....warts and all.

"Freedom is the right of all sentient beings"-Optimus Prime; leader of the Autobots. :)


Anonymous Sarah Mihalec said...

Oh my god I heard it too! all I could say was "the sound, they did THE sound!" Holy just feels right.....respectful.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Fighting Irish said...


They're winning me over despite my best efforts.

Good to see you Sarah!

10:40 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

I think I'm in the minority in that this project always sounded good to me, despite the people involved. The FX I have seen are among the most "real" to date. (I was won over by the first scene with the MH-53 helo that turns into Scorponok :) )

1:23 PM  
Blogger Fighting Irish said...

Yeah,....the new trailer is simply astonishing in that regard but by that rationale, EVERY movie these days seems to have unquestionably stellar effects.
It's only in the story and character departments where they seem to be stingy with the creativity.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Heh heh , you've got a point for sure. I never held the movie in high regard in the story department. I accepted it as a feast for the eyes. :)

3:26 PM  
Blogger Maikeli said...

You know it won't live up the grandiose ideal we've made it up to be in the nostalgia of our memory, but hell, just to have that part of the brain poked again will be worth admission!

10:18 AM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

Seriously, I almost peed my pants during the trailer. :)

4:03 PM  
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12:50 PM  
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2:22 PM  
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10:38 AM  
Blogger eel bog said...

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