A couple of weeks ago my new crush, er, friend, Chris Byrne (The Toy Guy) wrote a great piece about how the upcoming Transformers movie was saved from an ‘R’ rating. If you haven’t read his piece, do, because Chris makes many valid points about how this is a property that started with toys. Were the movie to come out with the dreaded ‘R’ rating, any toy tie-ins would be greeted with suspicion and that could be problematic.
I read the piece when Chris wrote it, noted that the movie will be, instead, rated PG-13, and moved on.
Yesterday, Jeff McKinney reported on the Toy Guy Blog that Transformer movie trailers are available for viewing at IGN. So I bopped on over there to have a look.
It’s possible that I had something of a senior moment when reading Chris’ original article about the movie; he did say that instead of an ‘R’ rating, the movie would garner a ‘PG-13′ rating. Even so, I was (naively) astonished at how violent the trailer was.
Don’t get me wrong; it looks like a great action movie, with suspense and special effects galore. But it doesn’t look like something I can take my kids to. Some of you are now saying, “Duh.” (My children are under 13, so I should’ve known that already.)
But I’m disappointed, because my son is a huge Transformers fan. This happens, I know. He also likes Spiderman (in theory, anyway), and he’s not been allowed to see any of the movies. But Spiderman is just a concept to him, really. The Transformers, well, who and what they are is integral to why the toys are so cool. They promote imagination and dexterity (heck, I can’t figure out how to transform half of his toys) and while yes, I know they exist to battle one another, they’re also really cool to just fiddle around with.
And my son is going to be crushed that he can’t see the movie. I’m sure the film will have a huge following amongst folks who grew up with the Transformers, but I can’t help wondering if there couldn’t have been a movie that captured the spirit of Transformers but would still be suitable even for younger viewers.
Then I start wondering at exactly what age I think giant, transforming evil robots are appropriate, and then I realize this is probably something I shouldn’t think about too hard.