I can't say I am a die-hard fan of Transformers.
However, I clearly remember watching the cartoons as a child, the jingle "Transformers, more than meets the eye" rings in my head every now and then, plus I have watched all the first three movies in the Transformers series. Oh, and we also got to meet Optimus Prime in Hollywood, LA during our honeymoon!
Some people must think that I am not a very good mum. After all, who brings kids this young to the cinema and expose them to movies this much? It's not just movies like Frozen, Turbo and Planes. My kids have also watched X-Men, The Amazing Spiderman and now, Transformers. It is not something I am mighty proud of, but it also isn't something I am strongly against.
Exposing them to violence doesn't mean they will become violent, instead, it gives me a chance to teach them about being against violence, about good triumphs over evil, about helping others in need, about kindness begets kindness, about righteousness, benevolence and humanity. Right, maybe I am finding excuses for my own indulgence.
After all, I was a mass comms student and being a blogger still places me as part of the media industry. I like to watch movies with Angel and teach her about cinematography, special effects and computer generated imagery. We would talk about things like how the zombies are all humans with make up, how monsters are created using computers, how cameras pan, tilt, zoom and track to get different angles and how much work it actually takes to film every scene. In layman's terms, of course. As for Ariel, she much prefers to eat, drink and sleep in the cinema than watch, which is fine by all means for now.
So, since the hubby and I are probably not giving up on going to the cinema, it looks like our family is in for more movie dates in future. Of course, I hope we will go for family-friendly shows or epic shows with special effects that will enrapture kids, rather than shows with complicated chain of events, soppy lines or overly adultish plots.
This week, we were invited by Duracell, as part of their 50th year anniversary celebration, to the movie premiere of Transformers: Age of Extinction.
Can you imagine a world without batteries? Well, I can't. That would mean a world where we have to wind clocks by hand, crank engines to start cars and there will be so such things as battery-powered toys, mobile phones, cameras or digital devices. *gasp* The latest Duracell CopperTop batteries with Duralock Power Preserve Technology last six times longer than ordinary batteries. As the world's No. 1 battery brand, Duracell strives to innovate and excel in powering devices to keep us connected, protected and entertained.
Held at The Cathay, the movie premiere was highly anticipated and the place was already bustling with people and activity an hour before the show began. We were pleasantly surprised to be greeted by Optimus Prime and Bumblebee at the lobby - my two favourite Autobots! Optimus strikes me as the cool, debonair, a little arrogant but always dignified leader. Bumblebee, well, he is just endearing and the movie would not be the same without him.
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I'm not saying that the Transformers is an absolutely family-friendly show especially with the 3-D effects (Angel loved it though!), but as always, the responsibility of educating kids about what they watch on any screen lies with the parents and we are the ones who will decide what works or does not work for our family.
For those who do decide to watch it, kids or no kids, I hope you will have a blast during the 2.5 hours! Autobots, Roll Out!
Disclosure: We were invited to the movie premiere of Transformers: Age of Extinction by Duracell to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Yes, there were complimentary popcorn and drinks too! All opinions are my own.