As you may have guessed from the title I saw Transformers this evening.
As a colleague at work noted this is a movie aimed at 11 year old boys. Judging by some of the costumes they had the female lead (almost) wearing I’d move the target more towards 13 year olds.
It is also a blatant recruiting film for the US military (although I note with some amusement that the product placement adviser beat out the military advisor in the credits. Just).
But having said that, there are some refreshing elements to this movie. The female lead Mikaela Barnes (played by Megan Fox) is skilled, intelligent, loyal, and courageous (a word I chose very carefully, she has her moment of fear but faces it and conquers it).
Given the target audience, I think that this is at least slightly subversive scripting and I thoroughly approve.
As for the male lead Sam Witwicky (played by Shia LaBeouf) ? Well to quote the friend I saw it with, he achieves acceptable levels of mediocrity by the end and does get a few things right.
Bad, but watchably so on an $8 ticket. I wouldn’t have paid more.
I’m still undecided as to whether this will eventually qualify for the ranks of the gloriously bad.