In 1984 I was a whopping 10 years old. If you’ve read my theorem on age, then you know that being 10 is a big deal because you’re finally in double digits. It was also a big deal because that was when I was first introduced to Transformers, first through the comics and then through the toys.
Jump ahead 30 years and Transformers are on their fourth live-action movie and are finally featuring what have become the most iconic Transformers apart from Optimus Prime himself, the Dinobots.
This is the movie where Grimlock finally shows up, and for whatever reason they have Optimus Prime ride him like a pony. In addition to Grimlock there is also Slag (Triceratops), Snarl (Stegosaurus), and Swoop (Pterandon). Missing from the line-up, not unsurprisingly, is Sludge… because who really wants to see an Apotasaurus except those guys from Jurassic Park? Yeah, me either. You can forget about Dinobot origin story, forget about anything you know about the Dinobots, just know that they show up in the third (fourth?) act of the movie with great aplomb, fiery rage, and some fantastic chomping action.
Overall, it was a decent movie. There’s some sort of story buried under all explosions and action having to do with the immorality of corporations, the dangers in advancement of technology, and the desolation of small town America. There’s a cool Transformer “bounty hunter” named Lockdown supposedly employed by the Creators to collect the “sparks” of the rebellious robots (both Autobots and Decepticons). Out of the four Autobots featured, Hound really shines next to Optimus. Drift and Crosshair are okay… although they really aren’t given too much of an opportunity to let their personalities come through. Bumblebee is, well, Bumblebee no matter which way you transform him. He’s always been a pivotal Autobot throughout any series, and some (myself included) would argue that he is even more pivotal than Optimus Prime himself.
Oh, and Megatron lives by possessing Galvatron‘s body. Duh.
So yeah there are lots of explosions, Optimus Prime is central to the film, you finally get to see some Dinobot action in the end, and the sequel is set-up as Megatron/Galvatron wanders off to parts unknown. If you’re as big a Dinobot fan as I am, go see it… otherwise you can probably wait for the rental.