Okay, so I knew that the teaser trailer was playing at theaters carrying Pirates of the Caribbean II: Dead Man's Chest. However, I haven't had the chance to see that yet, so tonight, I went surfing to see if I could find it. And I did:
They're More Than Meets The Eye!
The logo looks cool with what I'm assuming is Megatron's eye hovering over the Earth. And even the new slogan is pretty cool too. But then I watched the trailer and, I have to say, I'm a little concerned.
Why? Well, I was a big fan of the original Transformers cartoon. The first DVD I bought was a copy of the Transformers movie when Optimus Prime dies. When I accidentally lost that copy, I went out and bought a new one. When I heard that they were making a live-action Transformers movie and that Steven Spielberg was one of the producers, I got kind of excited. Surely Steven wouldn't let us down, would he?
And yet, after watching the trailer, I'm a tad worried. Here's why:
1) What are the Transformers doing on Mars? I mean, creative license aside, that doesn't make a lot of sense. But hey, I'm willing to let that one slide.
2) Michael Bay is the director? That ain't good. This is the same guy who brought us Pearl Harbor and The Island. Granted, I haven't seen The Island, but I've blogged about it. I'm not sure I want to trust beloved childhood memories to the guy who didn't realize his last movie was plagiarized from another.
3) The big thing that's missing. Did you notice? If not, go back and watch the trailer again. Pay special attention to the end when the big space ship whatever-it-is transforms into the title and then the release date. There's something important missing.
That's right. The classic Transformer noise. All we get is a little mechanical whirring.
I'm sorry, but that just doesn't cut it with me. I don't care if you update the Autobots and the Decepticons in how they look (I suspect you'd almost have to, given the simplistic style that the original cartoon followed). Heck, send 'em to Mars first and bring them here. Come up with a new backstory as to why they're here (although the Decepticons coming to steal all of Earth's energy to transform into energon cubes could go a long way given the rising price of oil and such).
But don't mess with the Transformer noise! It's a little thing that's quintessentially Transformers. If it had been in the trailer, I would have geeked out immediately. Now I'm just nervous.