Initially I had not planned to let my kids see Transformers. Although it is a movie based on a series of kids' toys, which obviously interests my boys, I had read that it contained mature themes and it was rated PG-13. But then I talked to several people who had seen it and told me how great it was and that it would be wonderful for my kids. So, I reconsidered.
And now I have to say - what in the world are those people thinking? This is really not a kids' movie. We've got swearing, and not just the occasional mild profanity. We've got a very revealingly dressed teenage girl and lingering camera shots highlighting her body. We've got talk of masturbation and pornography. Now, without all that stuff, this would be an awesome movie for kids, but then it'd be rated PG and then sadly none of the adult males who played with Transformers in the 80's would consider seeing it. (Yes, the kids who used to play with Transformers are GROWN UP now. Or at least over 18! lol) And, those are the guys for whom this movie was made.
Lots of action, cool transformations, a very cool 2009 yellow Camaro, and a quest to save the world - that's what the movie has going for it. My kids were transfixed by the cool robot transformations and the boys adored the exciting action. The boys also had no trouble following the complicated (to me and Bob and the girls, anyway) storyline about how the Decepticons and the Autobots came to the earth.
The plot was one of those long convoluted ones that when you think it's about done, then you realize there is still 45 minutes of movie left, therefore it's NOT even close to resolved. From there on out, it's mainly robots blowing up other robots and destroying buildings and vehicles.
Here are their reactions in their own words:
"It's pretty cool. It was kind of lame at first, but I like the car. The car's awesome! We need to watch it again; that was awesome!"
David, nearly age 13
"I don't know what to think of this movie. It's full of fighting. The car's real sensitive. The movie has a lot of wars. My favorite part was when he was in his yellow car and some evil guy was in the police car chasing him."
Emily, age 10
"It was good. I liked it. I liked Megatron; he looked cool."
James, age 8
Suzy, age 5
I have a feeling that my boys will be adding Transformer toys to their Christmas lists now.
IMDB page for Transformers
Screenit.com review of Transformers