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What did seeing the movies in theaters feel like?

Discussion in 'Transformers Movie Discussion' started by TheWarPathGuy, Dec 31, 2018.


Most Memorable Movie

  1. Transformers: The Movie

    14 vote(s)
  2. Transformers

    18 vote(s)
  3. Transformers: ROTF

    2 vote(s)
  4. Transformers: DOM

    6 vote(s)
  5. Transformers: AOE

    4 vote(s)
  6. Transformers: TLK

    0 vote(s)
  7. Bumblebee

    21 vote(s)
  1. Galvatross

    Galvatross Swamp Lord Shrek-traoridinairre! Veteran

    Aug 24, 2013
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    I didn't see the 1986 movie or 2007 movie in theaters.

    First three sequels were awesome in theaters, including Revenge of the Fallen, with Age of Extinction being the most pleasantly surprising of the bunch. Perhaps the most pleasantly surprising movie I've seen in recent years.

    The Last Knight I never quite liked in theaters to the same level as the previous three. I walked out of that one not sure what to think. On the second time I liked it more, but still nowhere near as much as the previous sequels.

    Bumblebee was okay in theaters, but it felt like watching a smaller scale rehash of plenty of things we've seen already with a WFC/FoC CGI opening battle to boot. It may be the most well received critically, but it was also the least interesting and entertaining theatrical Transformers movie by far. I was never quite bored, but other than a few scenes like the egging scene I was never enthralled by the endless 80s and 2007 references.
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  2. Dyno98

    Dyno98 Standing by for Titanfall

    Nov 12, 2017
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    The Last Knight already had destroyed. And it was much worse. Bumblebee in WWII, remember?
  3. Mirage00

    Mirage00 Master of Hiding

    Jun 9, 2016
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    The first 3 were very memorable to me, especially 1 and 3. Tf2007 being the first time seeing liveaction Transfomers, and it was just awesome and with Tf3 just having that awesome chicago battle. Bumblebee was a different type of memorable, and its memorable for being the first really good Tf movie.
  4. TwitchingFool0

    TwitchingFool0 Well-Known Member

    Mar 28, 2016
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    DOTM... The driller and cybertron in the background. The emotions going high with the war *ending*. One of the best experiences I had in a theater and the crowd was INSANE. Haven't had crazy hype like that in quite some time only Godzilla and Jurassic World gave me that.

    I didn't see TF1 in theaters but I imagine it would've been my favorite as arrival to earth is still the only TF movie scene that gives me such chills.
  5. daniel 97

    daniel 97 Autobots' second in command

    Dec 23, 2013
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    Bumblebee was not part of the arriving Autobots in 2007. That were only Optimus, Ironhide, Ratchet and Jazz. So technically TLK did not do anything in that regard.
  6. Cyber Star

    Cyber Star Well-Known Member

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    With the exception of the G1 movie, I've gone to see all the others in theaters and still have the tickets. Loved them all except one.

    Transformers 2007: I saw it with a best friend who wanted to the see the movie (and sadly that was the last time I ever saw her). I knew nothing about Transformers before going to this movie, but I was completely blown away and have been a huge Transformers fan since. The 2007 movie got me into the franchise and the movie was fantastic.

    Revenge of the Fallen: It was a wild and crazy movie that was a bit of everywhere, but I had a lot of fun watching it.

    Dark of the Moon: When they killed Ironhide, that ruined the movie for me at the time and I was unhappy for the rest of the movie. (Of course I like the movie a lot now and think it is great).

    Age of Extinction: Movie was very long but it was so much fun to watch. Loved the new gang of Autobots and big action scenes.

    The Last Knight:
    This movie was terrible and I've been trying to forget it was even made. I couldn't wait for it to end and get out of that theater. I have not watched the movie or any scenes since seeing it in theaters.

    Bumblebee: It was cute and an overall good film. I'm going to be of the unpopular opinion, but I didn't like the G1 designs since they felt out of place especially since many of the characters had already been given Movieverse designs. It also makes it weird since the creators can't decide if it's a prequel or reboot. It's not the G1 look, but the issue with consistency with the other live action films. If they had used the G1 looks from the beginning, then I wouldn't be bothered by it. Also, I think Blitzwing could've made a good main villain if they made another film, so while his scenes were cool, I think it was a wasted opportunity.
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  7. darkspellmaster

    darkspellmaster Well-Known Member

    Jun 10, 2015
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    Honestly, 2007 I was just happy to see my bots roll up and hear Optimus talk to Sam made me want to cry. Fast forward through the hell that was the last four movies, and to Bumblebee, and all I could do was smile and feel insanely happy and bouncy. It was like I was 3 and seeing the mini series for the first time in 84.
  8. MV95

    MV95 @marlinfan1995 Veteran

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    DOTM was definitely my best experience. I was borderline obsessed with the live action Transformers films by that point and I wasn’t disappointed.

    Unfortunately I never saw the first film in theaters.
  9. Red Goblin

    Red Goblin Veteran

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    DOTM. It still has the best 3D, only behind Avatar for me. So it was a great IMAX experience.
  10. pinoy78

    pinoy78 Shoji Kawamori having FUN

    Jan 16, 2006
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    Didn’t watch Transformers 3 thru 5 in theaters. Didn’t really care for them...probably because of the turdfest that was ROTF...that was an assault on the senses in the worst way.

    I saw Bumblebee in theaters and loved it. The first few minutes instantly brought me back to my childhood.

    I was still in elementary school when I saw TFTM back in 86. Oh boy THAT was a rollercoaster of emotions. From the shuttle attack, Prime vs Megs, Galvatron, Unicorn’s transformation sequence, and the awesome music. THAT’s still the most memorable for me.

    I agree with the poll...1986, 2007, and 2018 FTW.
  11. oliquidrusho

    oliquidrusho Active Member

    Jul 14, 2011
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    I suppose '07 was the best experience in that I was finally seeing transforming robots in live action. I still love the Blackout transforming sequence at the beginning of the film for that reason.

    However, what Bumblebee lacked in that wow factor like the '07 movie, made up for it by just being a better overall consistent experience.
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  12. Prime Noble

    Prime Noble Well-Known Member

    Mar 9, 2008
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    Was 11 years old when I saw the Animated movie in the cinema which came out in Ireland around Halloween 1987. I'd read the Marvel comic adaption so had the gist of what would happen though it was still pretty different to the movie like Grimlock being with Hot Rod and Kup on Quintessa.

    I loved that film. I was one of the kids glad to see Optimus Prime die. I'm a Rodimus Prime fan.

    The 07 movie was great. Surprisingly and genuinely funny. The arrival of the Autobots score almost moved me to tears. Almost. Only thing I didn't like was Simmons. Too goofy.

    ROTF. I left the cinema fuming and ready to give up on the franchise. It was Leo that really ruined it for me. Most annoying human character ever!!!

    And they took the very likeable parents from the first movie and made them too goofy.

    Skids and Mudflap at least had character but those heads were shit.

    Very disappointed the new Autobots who looked good, Jolt, Arcee and Sideswipe, were relegated to tertiary characters.

    Despite having a cool voice, Demolisher's unicycle bot mode harkended back to the awful Vehicon designs of Beast Machines.

    DOTM. Redeemed the series somewhat. Loved Sentinel Prime particularly due to the fantastic voice work by Leonard Nimoy.

    Could have done without Brains. His voice was as terrible as his design.

    Despite the terrible head design of Que, I did like him. His voice reminded me of the voice over actor of the UK G1 toy ads. Genuinely felt for him as he begged for his life and his execution was darker than I would have expected.

    Was delighted to see dogface Ironhide die, particularly by Sentinel's hand.

    AOE. Liked the more human faces of Drift, Lockdown and Crosshairs. Drift in particular showed G1 style faces could be done.

    Loved Galvatron and the drones. Was great to hear Frank Welker voice him though I thought Hugo Weaving had been consistently great in the previous movies.

    Lockdown was a good villain. I liked that he wasn't a snarling, sadistic monster, just a professional doing a job. His voice wasn't great though and demoted him from being a great villain.

    Crosshair's voice was terrible too.

    Drift and Hound could have done without the cosplay. Didn't like Drift's voice either. Would have Preferred Hound to look more G1 Hound than Prime Bulkhead though at least John Goodman was likeable despite being loaded with sound bites.

    Overall, I still enjoyed AOE. Don't get all the negativity for it or Last Knight.

    Last Knight. Enjoyed it more than I expected though it says something when Anthony Hopkins makes you cringe.

    I was expecting to hate Hot Rod as I hate accents on Transformers but I found him likeable and he at least had a credible, in-story explanation for it.

    The first twenty minutes or so were actually enjoyable with a good bit of Transformers screen time. Was a shame Canopy died. Why do they kill off the cool looking Transformers in these movies?

    Barricade looked and sounded great. Much preferred this design to the more alien design of the first movie.

    Quintessa was a good villain too again proving a classic G1 face can work for live action.

    Loved Nemesis Prime though it would have been nice to see him in his usual teal and black colour scheme.

    Bumblebee. Not perfect but definitely my favourite of the live action movies. I never liked G1 Bumblebee or Optimus Prime but one thing the Baymovies did was make them likeable, in my eyes at least.

    I've heard people say the score in Bumblebee isn't as good as the Baymovies. I have to disagree. I really like it. Parts of it remind me of pieces I've heard in other movies over the years. Don't ask me which ones though.

    But those same pieces had a touch of the generic but in a good way where it fed the nostalgia. The soundtrack was great too. Love 80s music. Simon Cowell and contemporary music producers have so much to answer for.

    Loved Blitzwing, Shatter and Dropkick. Shatter was as good a villain as any in the franchise. Watched it for the fifth time tonight and correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure none of the Decepticons were named in the movie.

    Love the Cliffjumper scene. His head design is right off the G1 box art. I loved the expressiveness in his face despite it being metal. They definitely got his G1 essence too. Brave to the end! I wouldn't have minded hearing The Rock voice him though I don't think his voice would have suited the scene.

    Loved the whole "traitor to Cybertron" speech of Blitzwing. Made him seem more of a professional soldier than just a generic, sadistic bad guy.

    Soundwave...deserves his own movie. First time a modern Transformer incarnation got the iconic G1 voice perfect. Well done Mssrs Bailey and Knight!!

    Obviously as a G1 fan, the opening sequence on Cybertron was a gift from God. But the chase/battle with the soldiers on Earth leading to the Blitzwing encounter was very enjoyable too.

    Whatever happens with the franchise, for me Bumblebee holds up as a stand alone movie much like the 86 movie which can stand apart from the weaker G1 cartoon. Heck, if it wasn't for the death of Cliffjumper, Bumblebee and the 86 movie could easily tie together.

    Though it's not my normal type of music, I even found Hailee Steinfeld's song at the end of the movie enjoyable. Ms. Steinfeld deserves to come back in a sequel. She was a genuinely likeable character because of an excellent performance. There are a few scenes between her and Bumblebee where you feel genuinely moved by them, pretty much a rarity in this franchise.
  13. SoundSlash

    SoundSlash Our war is just finishing up

    Apr 21, 2016
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    I am of the belief of the Bay trilogy of Transformers movies excluding the last two we got from him, because those last two movies were not in my taste. The Bay movies weren't my first introduction to Transformers as that would be the Unicron Trilogy, but it did start my interest in the franchise as I began collecting and watching Transformers media like Transformers Animated and Prime. I saw the 07 movie in theaters with my parents witch thinking of it now that must've been a weird experience for them with all the adult jokes that the first three movies had. Without the movies im sure that I wouldn't be interested in Transformers and would've passed it as another "toy line".

    TF(2007): Mikey nailed it with the first movie
    TF(2009): Mikey screwed up a bit, but the movie had some fantastic action scenes and humor
    TF(2011): Mikey killed the best weapon specialist, but gave us a happy ending and I wish it would've stayed that way
    TF(2014): Mikey lost my attention and money when he did the death of Ratchet
    TF(2017): Believe it or not I kinda enjoyed this movie more than Age Of Extinction(2014)
    B(2018): Travis nailed it with this movie and I hope he continues doing more movies
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  14. Pepperonimus

    Pepperonimus Casual Fan

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    This was me when I watched AOE for the first time.

    I also think that ROTF had better action scenes than TF2007 which I can follow easily without getting sick.
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