Last night Josh, Dylan and I went to see Transformers, which opened a day early in New York and Los Angeles.
Let's start by saying that this is the only action movie I've been to where the special effects repeatedly got applause from the audience and the credits got hoots and hollers. People loved this movie, and it's easy to see why. Shakespeare it's not, but a good time it is.
Shia LeBeouf (remember his fantastic performance in A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints?) is the heart and soul of the movie as Sam, providing both dramatic gravitas and great comic timing. Indeed, one of the big surprises of Transformers is how funny it is. The filmmakers were smart to pack the movie with legitimate laughs and special effects that look simultaneously believable and flawless.
Julie White, who won a Tony this year for her performance in Little Dog Laughed, plays Sam's mother, and gets some of the best laughs of the movie. (Remember Julie as Mitzi Dalton Huntley in Six Feet Under, the sassy southern woman who wanted to buy out the Fisher's? Hilarious.) Josh Duhamel is great man candy as a soldier working to stop the evil Decepticons, and Megan Fox as Mikaela Banes, Sam's love interest, will surely turn the crank of every lady-lovin' teenage boy in the audience.
And the effects? Let's just say that I can't remember the last time I said "wow" out loud when watching the effects sequences in an action film.
The story may sometimes be a little thin, and the finale of the movie could be cut by a few minutes, but the laughs and the effects and the general sheer fun of it make up for everything else. If you're looking for a movie to spice up your Fourth of July holiday, this is it.