I actually DO have one thing to say about the Transformers movie that is negative, but that post doesn't go up until the 11th or 12th and my niggle is not that big a deal. As my complaint is not nearly at the level of the THIS IS THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT whining from all of the Transformers Movie Haters out there unable to grasp the concept of Not 1980s = Not 1980s Transformers movie, I didn't see the need to immediately join the bleating. When I say "Haters" I'm don't mean those with minor quibbles, such as those who sadly don't like the pretty new rainbow Optimus or don't like that the Bug has been replaced by a bitchin Camaro. I'm talking about those who seem deeply offended at their core that a Transformers movie is being made which is not slavishly replicating what was done in the cartoons of yore.
However, as I do love screaming with laughter over all those links pointing to the Outraged? Do please keep them coming.
What's odd about those Hates is that a lot of them are coming from people who seem to also be deeply into superhero books. As superhero books reset all the frickin' time - both of the major superdude houses are in the middle of two universe-wide resets right now - I don't get the Hate. Your dumb superhero books exist because every once in a while they MUST start all over. Superhero books cannot stand on their own without a reset; their fundamental nature precludes them ever having a definitive endpoint. If you're used to that cycle, why can't you accept these so-called alterations to the Transformers base story? To me, it looks like they're out to launch a new franchise, which means they take the sensible approach of a clean start. Need we get into how many versions of the Transformers universes there are to begin with? THERE IS NO ONE BASE STORY. Robots. Animals. Spaceships. Again, how many times did Optimus die? Yeah, I still can't remember, but it happened a lot in the various Transformers worlds.
It's like that guy said, cannon is what the creators in charge say it is. If that doesn't work for you, think of it this way. Dude! IT'S A LIVE ACTION TRANSFORMERS MOVIE! At last it's a live action Transformers movie! It's done by one of the Kings Of Movies Where Hard Bodied Men Blow Shit Up! They had enough respect to go get Peter Cullen! It's gonna be fun! Can't we all just have fun watching robots zoom around and beat the shit out of each other (when they're not zooming around being bitchin Camaros)?
Can I share? The DUMBEST thing I've had somebody I don't know say to me this week about the new Optimus is that his new paint job makes him look Gay, which sends the wrong message. That's the sort of thought that makes me really hate living on this planet sometimes.
BECAUSE of that statement (of which I gave you the short version...he went on and on in the note), I have now decided that the new Bumblebee should not be a girl. He should definitely be a FTM transgender, and Optimus should be a flaming male homosexual, and they should throw down on screen when not beating the shit out of Decepticons. I'm going to start a letter writing campaign to the production team RIGHT NOW. If they're still filming it's not too late to change the script! Thanks for the idea, you hateful idiot from the internet(s)!
A certain someone I know has a hypothesis, nay ... an actual THEORY ... about what's behind the Hate, but it's so mean even I can't bring myself the paraphrase it here. Also, he wouldn't let me. I've been begging for days, now.
Meanwhile, thanks to the handy autopost feature of Typepad I'm actually on partial radio silence, though my blog is not. I am pre-loaded through the second week of September. But when fresh new exciting things about ... say .... the Transformers Movie come to my attention from people I know in the inbox, all I have to do is throw something up and slightly adjust posting dates for one or two of the rest. I'm putting this here to explain why folks are for the most part not getting immediate answers to emails of late. Apologies. With hope, I'm gonna work my way through the stash over the long weekend.