7 days later–okay 7 years later–And I’m still loving Transformers

Way back when I had graduated high school, I saw the first Transformers movie. I had heard of Michael Bay here and there, I had seen… parts of Armageddon and had loved The Island. I had JUST seen the Pirates of the Caribbean and Lord of the Rings movies conclude their trilogies. And I was looking for something new to love.

And then I saw a trailer about giant robots.

And I was hooked! The trilogy quickly became one of my most favorite series, ever.

(I did know about the toys and original TV show, thanks to my brother, but I had yet to actually dive in to the fandom.)

Fast forward seven years and I see this come up on my laptop one night:

Honestly I couldn’t believe what I was seeing: THEY’RE RELEASING A FOURTH MOVIE!! I screamed so loud that I think I woke up my whole house!

One of my most favorite characters throughout the Transformers series is Optimus Prime. And in this movie, his character changes. No longer do you see the calm, quiet, fair leader. You see an extremely pissed off Autobot. And let me say: when Optimus Prime is pissed off, you better duck for cover. It’s worse than anything Megatron could ever do.

(Not that Optimus would harm innocents, he’s still good. Very good. But… wow.)

Click below for my mini-rant about a specific scene in the movie. I put it under the spoilers, just in case.


Background: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlburg) sneaks a camera into KSI, a company that has been building Transformers. When Optimus, Bumblebee, Hound, Crosshairs, and Drift see this footage–which is of Ratchet being melted down–they go on a rampage through KSI.

Okay, and the scene: Optimus is standing in front of Joshua Joyce (Stanley Tucci) very angry. Actually, he’s pacing. His gun swinging by his side. Stanley Tucci is trying to protect his factory, his merchandise, and confronts Optimus and the Autobots. He basically says to them that: “Don’t you get it? We don’t need you anymore.”

But this is the dialogue that really gets me:
Joshua Joyce: “Why don’t you tell itchy fingers here that this is all the spoils of war? Dead metal. Innovation. What we do here is science. Because if we don’t do it, somebody else will! Because you cannot stop technology.”

At this point, Optimus just LOSES IT, charging Joyce and kicking something at a window, that then shatters. He yells: “WE ARE NOT YOUR TECHNOLOGY!”

It actually kind of breaks my heart. The world in this movie is so screwed up, so ungrateful to the Autobots for saving them. After the credits roll in Dark of the Moon, basically, Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammer) steps into the limelight saying “We need to get rid of these Decepticons” And then… he decides to slaughter the Autobots too.

Just… aggggghhhhh… so many feels.

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