The live action Transformers films seem to be the bane of most of the old-school Transformers fans, as well as the casual fans, due to it's own new perspective that hadn't really been seen in Transformers up until this point. This new perspective, was that of a more adult and teenage point of view, rather than it being the, "JUST FOR KIDS!" type of writing, that Animated, and Rescue Bots are essentially written for, the kids. Now, my opinion of the movie verse: "I hate the movie verse, it isn't what I enjoy about Transformers, and is a bastardized mess of various elements of film, that it doesn't know what exactly it wants to be, however. If the name Transformers wasn't slabbed onto it, it is almost a decent series." Now, most people when they watch the films make the mistake and think about it from the perspective of "The movie is called Transformers, thus it is about Transformers." which is only a part of what the movies are actually about, namely it's about Sam. It has always been about Sam, from the get go. The first movie, a movie about a highschool student getting his first car, and it happening to lead him into another life and transcend from his life in his Upper middle class life style, into that of an "adult". Are there robots? Yeah, but for these films they are just the sugar coating to the story they are trying to tell. The second movie also follows this pattern, that it is about Sam and thus gives proof that these movies focus -is- Sam, and not the Transformers and yes, considering all the other forms of fiction mainly being about... Y'know, Transformers, it is this strange change of pace to actually flesh out the human sidekick rather then having them be an annoying cheerleader, they actually have the Human be put in dangerous situations that we as humans can relate to. Thus, the story of Sam is that now that he has survived his first real-life challenge he gets to live out another one of lifes challenges, but his past keeps dragging him into a world he left behind. As for the third movie, it is made pretty clear the movie is about him at this point, considering he gets the most screen-time (not that he hadn't before...). And it gives off a great example of how "Why did I even go to college?" type situation, and it just reflects our economy at the time, in his struggle to get work, and how now that he is lost he has found that he wants to be with what he has been fighting all this time, only to be rejected for fighting his destiny and coming full circle and accepting it without desperation, or hesitation. Now, keeping in mind that the movies are about Sam, and not really so the Transforming robots it is probably easier to watch even if the writing for the characters isn't great, it still does tell a good story. The only thing I really have against the films aside from the designs, is the dulled sense of action, that tries its hardest to get the viewer excited but misses the point, due to the lack of a general dramatics. It just feels really... soulless. As in, it just feels very two-dimensional, more so than the G1 cartoon. However, even though that the character development is poor. The writing of the movie-verse is actually really nifty, and does give us a sense that the Tranformers are really... these ancient beings from another world, that have this fictional history that you could almost write an whole story based on the history of these Transformers, and have a decent story. Now... the negative aspects of the films, that are really quite evident. The designs, dear god... the designs. It's like someone took a blender, stuffed every incarnation of... everything ever set it to ice, then tried fitting some sort of human shape out of the remains, and called it a day. Though admittingly it must have taken some very hard work to get those designs down, it just frustrates the hell out of me, just looking at them, with all the moving parts and holes, it's nifty but it is really unnecessary, and sometimes even hurts my eyes. I'm not saying, that I want it to be G1, or anything else we have seen up to that point, but I feel that the "alien" feel is a bit lost on me. It doesn't feel alien, but more so... just a giant walking CGI mess. Is it good CGI? Yes, oh god yes. But, I think that if they would have dumbed down the CGI a tad they possibly could have afforded to make the Robots less of a bonus to the films, and more so a reoccurring thing, that is on the screen for more then five minutes. Ontop of my... detest for the designs, there seems to be a weird colour schema that has moved onto Tranformers: Prime even, in the "Lets colour coat the Transformers, Autobots will be Colourfull, and Decepticons will be Various shades of silver, and muted colours." Which, I sort of understand as a "Decepticons are uniform, and evil... and blalala", as well as since the Autobots being colorfull will make it sell better, however. As a viewer, it irritates me, just because ontop of the designs I don't really care for, now I focus less on the Decepticons, because in these films they just seem very, as I said "Uniform", and just... Well, I just can't tell the difference between them in the movies. As for the Acting. Shia, okay I can deal with... Is he the best? Nah, but he fills out his role just fine. The parents? Sure, I can dig it. Megan fox even... Is she a good actress? God no, bitch will never be doing Shakespeare. But, you get to the robots. Ugh... as I mentioned before, the overall soullessness just really is reflected in the voice-acting of the robots. I know I am probably going to get flamed to high hell for saying this, but: "Peter Cullen should -not- have been brought in for Optimus Prime." It's nifty that they used him for the movies, and it is a nice little fan nod however, he is just so... Old, that it just does not work for me. If he would have just been the narrarator for the film, that would be one thing, but... his voice just not sit well with me in the films, he just lacks quite a bit of emotion, that I feel in his younger days he could have emoted, but at that point he was just so out of practice, and then in DOTM reduced to grunts, which to me is a dissapointment. As for the rest of the cast, I feel Ratchet fits, Awkward Aussie Ironhide doesn't sit well, Muted Bumblebee is almost a parody so it works, Hugo and Frank Megatron I feel fit, Starscream started off terrible but ended well, and... well that doesn't leave much left, considering the rest usually speak in cybertronian. (Ignoring Skidz and Mudflap, but that is another story...) So, that is my thoughts, what are yours?