Special effects galore
Fantastic special effects – but that was to be expected from Michael Bay’s much-touted film “Transformers”. If you are a fan of the cartoon or the transformer gadgets, then this loud film with car chases and robot fights is just the thing for you. I am not a fan so for me it was more an amazement at what technology has been able to do. The state-of-the-art computer animation is completely convincing and few, if any, prior films have as effectively integrated CGI and live-action characters as is done in this movie.
But 135 minutes of freeways being demolished, buildings blowing up, entire cities being laid to waste, robots transforming into cars and visa versa (no matter how well it is all done) – and absolutely no solid story line, is not my idea of good cinema.
What was really strange was that where cars were changing into gigantic robots, shouldn’t someone outside of the film’s cast have seen them? There was one scene where the huge robots are all in the young hero’s yard – and no-one notices! Not his parents, not the neighbours, no-one. They are noisy and disruptive yet no-one but the hero and heroine notice them. Weird!
I think I dozed during some parts of the movie. The cinema hall was a delight. In the midst of Hong Kong Island – in Pacific Place, it is a very comfortable place to watch a good film.
After the movie I went out to see a photo exhibition by Vincent Yu – scenes of Hong Kong in the past 20 years – especially the changes during British and Chinese rule. Very nice photos – all black & white.
I stopped and had coffee and then walked home. It was a half hour walk but I enjoyed it. The weather was cooler, and I wanted to look around the city, the new buildings and parks. Amazing how things have changed and yet remained so much the same. One thing that I noticed was how many young Chinese now speak English. They are walking around discussing strategy, having business or casual discussions – all in English. These are mostly young people who migrated to the US, the UK, Australia or Canada but just didn’t enjoy living there and have therefore returned home to Hong Kong. These foreign educated young people now have the top jobs in banks and multinational organizations in the city.
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