More than meets the eye

Yesterday evening Anne-Marie and I went to see the new Transformers movie at the cinema.  It’s a film I’ve been looking forward to for a while now, remembering the original cartoons and the toys I had, so it was always going to be interesting seeing how that idea was interpreted for a modern audience.  I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting much in the way of plot, there isn’t a huge amount you can do with it, but from the trailers the graphics looked like they were going to be pretty awesome.  I wasn’t disappointed!

Without giving away any of the plot (which is pretty much as limited as I had expected), I can tell you that the graphics are truly amazing.  There is so much going on in the transformation process, so many moving parts, so many mechanical bits, so many reflective panels, so many complex shadows, and it’s all done beautifully.  I might even go as far as flawless.  The acting is pretty good too, considering they would have been acting against blue screens half the time.

Since then I’ve actually been watching a load of old cartoon episodes of the original Transformers series on YouTube, and they’re absolutely classic!  A lot of the original characters have thankfully made it into the film, and it’s good to see how much has been kept faithful.

This afternoon AM and I got talked about the film again, and the topic came up of the top 1000 films to see before you die, as reported in the Guardian.  I felt compelled to look at the list, and found to my surprise that I had seen at least 84 of them!  More than I had expected.  And not far behind AM, which was even more of a surprise.  I’ve also realised that when I move my office to our new house I won’t have a computer here to play with in the evenings, which means I shall probably end up borrowing Ellie’s DVD collection…

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