Remember the first time you saw the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park? Remember the joy and wonder you felt seeing the T-Rex move, walk, run? These weren't the stop-motion monsters of Willis O'Brien and Ray Harryhausen. These were real, living, breathing things. Well, that's how good the robots are in Michael Bay's Transformers, an awe-inspiring, jaw-droppingly amazing actionfest. Watching Optimus Prime or Bumblebee transform, I never once thought of them as special effects, rather characters. ILM's CGI work here is the best I've ever seen.
Today, my avatar will be hosting a Transformers Second Life press conference featuring Michael Bay, producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson. Although it's an invited audience of journalists, bloggers and fans, anyone can watch it live at 5pm GMT on www.transformers.scin.tv