I'm getter rather tired of "This movie Exceeded my Expectations!" every second post. The reason I dislike the positivity over the movie isn't because I hate people liking things or having opinions differing to mine, which is absurd. The positivity just seems so utterly fake by me. The fact is that there are some notable flaws in the movie that are flaws no matter what; no matter how "fun" the movie is, they won't be fixed. This is why I am so annoyed - not only do the apologists not accept some of these flaws, they also attack others who point them out. What REALLY gets my goat is when people say the only flaw they really had was Prime's faceplate or one other thing that fans were actually united against that blatantly should never have made it into the movie. This talk is really pissing me off, because there are some blatant things wrong with it that could spoil the movie for anyone with real expectations. I am not challenging your right to like what is obviously a somewhat decent movie. I am merely pointing out how unlikely it is, as a Transformers fan, that it's quite so amazing as the consensus here makes it out to be, and people are most likely exagerrating how they feel. All these flaws stand whether you have seen the movie or not - telling someone to see it will not solve these flaws. Some definitive flaws in Transformers the movie: 1) Lack of plot. Alright, so you say it's a popcorn movie so it doesn't need to have a plot. I call bullshit on that - why? Source material. It it was some quirky action movie that came out of left field, then it'd be fine. But the fact is even your average episode of the G1 cartoon had more going on, plotwise, especially plotwise revolving around the robots, than the movie does. There is so much from the comic books, especially, to be covered, that having not very much in the first movie seems like a waste. It's not as if they spend the whole thing dealing with the TFs arriving and adapting to earth either - it "does" have a plot, it's just not a very good one. 2) Lack of Character. Ironhide and Ratchet have almost the same voice. Jazz gets about 2 lines. The Decepticons are barely characters. That's really quite atrocious. A lot of people seem to think the humans' acting is poor, too. Again, see 1) For why "THIS IS AN ACTION MOVIE" isn't a fair counter. But with Jazz and the Decepticons, it is undoubtedly a point you have to concede. 3) The Designs (and Source Material). People aren't going to consider this a no-brainer point - but I'll shed some light on why it is for you. If the movie HAD used more G1-inspired designs, would a larger portion of fans and joe moviegoer who remembers the origina comics/cartoon be more pleased? Almost definitely, you can't deny this. The characters didn't NEED overhauls since they'd look different being made into live action. You can't say we've already seen too much of Ironhide and Ratchet when we've never seen high-detail versions of Ironhide and Ratchet. It WOULD have been better for everyone if they were updated versions of their G1 selves as Jazz and to some extent Prime was. I know a lot of people are going to claim they wanted new designs - but why can't these have been new characters? It's further than name re-use - they also have the same roles and context, implying they're the same character. Like it or not, this is based on G1. The fact that there are other "Generations" does not change the fact that G1 "Is" Transformers in the eyes of the mainstream, it is the original and best recognised, and best developed(through comics, hundreds off issues to draw material from). It would be madness to base something off much less popular series such as RiD or Energon. When you're making a movie OF something, it's meant to be OF that thing, not making a new thing in the general gist of the source material. This is perhaps the only fanbase I've encountered that things deviating from source material is a good thing. New cartoons and comics are the place for evolution. You are not going to see genius new ideas from Hollywood execs these days. This movie is a mish mash between the G1 cartoon, Bionicles, and a Michael Bay film. So, the fact that they could have pleased more people by improving recognisability and did not, counts as a flaw. 4) Human Emphasis. I'm sorry, but people aren't quite so bad as they can't relate to human shaped robots as characters like they did in the less progressive 80s. There is no need for the sheer amount of human stories in a movie that's This has to be the biggest thing that drives me mad when people claim the movie exceeded their expectations. How could this be even better than what you had envisioned for a Transformers movie if it so often sidelines the Transformers themselves? If someone even dares post something as stupid as a Dead Horse emoticon again, I'm going to go nuts.