The first Transformers remains the best in the entire series. It was fresh and original. As someone that watched the cartoons it had nostalgia thrown in as well.
The film had plenty of comedy especially with Sam Witwicky (Shia LeBeouf) being self-deprecating. Added to that were his crazy parents Ron (Kevin Dunn) and especially Judy (Julie White) who was always saying something inappropriate. Added bonus was Agent Seymour Simmons (John Turturro) who had his special Sector 7 underpaints on too tight because he was always high strung especially when it came to aliens. Plus Anthony Anderson as Glen Whitmann had his moments as well.
Michel Bey was the director and the Transformers had all his favorite bells and whistles. First, he’s enamored with the military. The opening scene was a Decepticon flying in the form of a helicopter and then attacking a U.S. army base. Second, he loves guns and explosions. Hence the army base gets leveled. Third, he likes to show off pretty women. The co-star was Megan Fox as Mikaela Banes who becomes Sam’s girlfriend and gets to run around with Bumblebee and the Autobots. Sometimes that can really go wrong, but this time it worked out.