The plot of this movie involved some pretty serious departures from what passes for “canon” in the Transformers “universe” — I use the word “canon” loosely here, as it depends on which of the animated or comic-book series you’re talking about here, as each has its own backstory, versions of the characters, etc., such that you’re hopelessly lost without Wikipedia to keep track of them all.
That being said, it wasn’t a bad flick at all. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I hadn’t been nodding off through the last third, but I was beat from travel-related fatigue. The whole biomechanical look of the Cybertronian characters was an interesting take, and made things more realistic-looking than the various animated and comic series. And there is a sequel in the works.
I’m wondering if the upcoming Star Trek film will be as well-handled as this one was. One can hope . . . ?