I am a Trans-fan. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve seen Transformers three times in theaters so far, and intend to see it three more. Ok, the plot makes me cringe, the awkward character moments and expository dialog actually make me close my eyes – but the rest of the movie fulfills every boyhood super-destructive robo-fantasy in the most satisfying way possible.
That’s why the NYT review of Transformers really bugs me. Reviewer Manohla Dargis apparently didn’t pay close enough attention to get basic details straight, stating, for example, that:
There, under the desert sun, muscly, sweaty military types (Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson) clash with an ominous helicopter that converts into a mysteriously angry critter with an articulated tail like that of a scorpion. [NYT]
There was a time when I respected the NYT, which has now passed. >:(