ENG 225: Introduction to Film
November 20, 2012
Critical Analysis of Transformers the Movie
There is an old saying that there is an 8-year-old child inside every person, "Transformers" is just the movie to bring out the kid in everyone. Big, loud and full of testosterone-fuelled car fantasies, Michael Bay's actioner hits a new peak for CGI work, showcasing spectacular chases and animated transformation sequences seamlessly blended into live-action surroundings. There is no longer any question whether special effects can be made more realistic but the issue is whether disposable actors can be trained to play better with blue-screens. As a child I was intrigued by the cartoon “Transformers”. My friends and I use to go around being our favorite transformer; I always wanted to be “Optimus Prime”, the leader of the Autobots. Now through the advancement in technology in film making we have a few movies made that stem from this cartoon. In this critical analysis paper we will discuss several topics that make this film a great success. While this is a fictional film the audience can still believe that it could be real because of the advancements in technology. In this action packed film it is very important to capture the audience’s attention through cinematography, storytelling that people can identify with and that intrigues the mind is very important. Secondly, by the use of multiple shots and editing the director/editors pieced together a high impact film. As for this film my strongest argument in this paper would be the use of special effects and editing in order to enhance the cinematography throughout this film. In my opinion and the opinions of other critics this movie was a huge success through all the high impact theatrics, special effects, and the quality of both physical acting and voice acting. I would like to go over a little dialogue from the beginning of the movie straight from the writer in order to paint the picture a little better. “FADE IN
A small planet glows in the light of its sun.
Suddenly, we hear a loud rumble, and see a thick, electronic mist behind the planet... Then, the electronic mist begins to engulf the planet, and we hear the horrible sounds of destruction. Almost like somebody, or something, is eating it.
PUSH DOWN TO:
EXT. THE NEAR SIDE OF THE PLANET'S SURFACE
Strange robotic creatures scramble around the planet in a wild panic. It looks like Pompeii must have looked as Vesuvius erupted.
ANGLE ON ONE OF THE CREATURES - TRACKING
The creature is KRANIX. We will meet him later on in a very different context, but for now, he is running from the ever-growing mist that threatens to engulf him. ANOTHER ANGLE - THE PANIC
As Kranix runs, another creature, ARBLUS, calls to him.
Transform and flee, Kranix! You must warn all you meet of the horror of Unicron! Suddenly, the pitiful creature is surrounded by the strange energy cloud and it looks like his body has simultaneously caught fire and been doused with acid.” (Ron Friedman) As the reader of this critique you may be wondering why he lead the first main body paragraph with the writer’s actual storyline from the movie. I believe it is very important to see how the writer actually writes the plot of the story in sequence from the beginning. This helps paint the picture for the rest of this research paper.
The first topic we will discuss is how the use of special effects and the quality of acting led to this films great success. Arguably the best special effects ever in a film, Transformers the movie gives the audience a thrill ride like no other. The use of special effects such as taking plain old cars and turning them into thirty foot robots, the use of sound effects in order to enhance the viewer’s ability to hear the vehicles transform, the use of music in order to establish moods and set tones of the movie, and every high...