Well, in just a few days, Transformers: Age of Extinction (this is the most excited I've been for a Transformers film since the ROTF) will be gracing theater screens so I thought it would be nice if we all looked back to when we saw the first film in theaters. I'll pretty much start off. It was July 4th and I had just finished 11th grade. I had been disappointed in Spider-man 3, Pirates 3 and Shrek 3 and it felt like the summer movie season of 2007 would be a letdown. I was just lying around watching a Planet of the Apes marathon on AMC (which would later become a Jaws marathon) when my mother and I decided to go to the movies. I wanted to see Transformers and she wanted to see Die Hard 4, but I ended up talking her into seeing Transformers. I had seen the poster at my theater a year prior and had seen a trailer for the film during a Disturbia showing and had snatched up the prequel novel (which I read) and novelization (which I didn't read due to video gaming - I was obsessed with the game Threads of Fate at the moment). I also was going in without being spoiled due to not yet having a computer. I will say, most of my experience with Transformers had been with Beast Wars, Beast Machines and Armada. I had seen the original animated movie, but it was never a big deal. As for the G1 cartoon, I never watched it until I got the Hub in 2010. I admit, I didn't really expect Transformers to win the fourth of July weekend. I had expected Die Hard to rule but the first thing I noticed was the line waiting for Transformers. It was absolutely huge and we all poured into the theater room after the custodians had cleaned up. There were plenty of kids at the screening but also many adults. The moment I watched Blackout transform in the military base, I was just in awe with the movie. I had seen plenty of special effects-loaded films but this was the first one that floored me since Jurassic Park. They just looked so real. I also knew my mother loved the film the instant the Transformers attempted to hide in Sam's yard. The audience was also into the film, laughing and having a good time. So for me it was a great, wonderful experience. Now, I've heard people say that every generation has their own personal "Star Wars" film series that they're in love with. Technically, mine should be Harry Potter. . but I kind sorta consider these films to be my "Star Wars." So, how was your guy's experience with the first film?