‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ Review

‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’, the third in the Transformers film series, again directed by Michael Bay and written by Ehren Kruger. Shia Labeouf returns as Sam Witwicky, Peter Cullen as the voice of Optimus Prime, and new love interest Rosie Huntington – Whiteley. The plot for the movie is basically the same as the first two. Autobots try to find Decepticons; U.S. government reveals that they’ve been keeping secrets about Transformers; Government realizes Autobots really are good guys and team up with them; Big epic battle with tons of nameless robots shooting and dieing. No really that’s the story again this time around, just with not as much comedy as the second film had.

The characters in this movie are just as horrible and outrageous as before only this time they usually don’t stay around for very long, but they still are a bit annoying. The replacement of Megan Fox’s character is a bit annoying for me too since it didn’t really fit, they just expect you to go with it, but in a movie that should be primarily about giant robots fighting, it shouldn’t really matter who the love interest is, because it’s not really needed. As with the second film there are A LOT of new Transformers that are never really introduced or given names, they’re just there to take a small part in some of the action scenes. They also took out more Transformers this time around, most notably Skidz and Mudflap. I for one am really pissed that they did this, I didn’t see anything wrong with them in ‘Revenge of the Fallen’ and they were actually the main thing I enjoyed about that movie, well minus seeing Optimus die of course. Some people may think it’s a good thing to have them gone but all getting rid of them, without giving any explanation in the film, did was allow Bay to create even stupider Autobots to replace them. And yes there are much worse Autobots than Skidz and Mudflap.

Now onto what this movie is really about, the action. To put it lightly, it was great. It still feels very mindless and almost gives you a “who cares who wins” attitude when you don’t know who the two Transformers fighting are but it’s still very entertaining none the less. The movie still hasn’t managed to get the pacing down yet, some scenes drag out for way too long, while others end in the blink of an eye and leave you asking for more. This really is a problem and it becomes very apparent the farther into the film you get. Still though the fights were some of the best in the series and the movie tries yet again to make you believe this is the badass Optimus that we all remember from the original cartoon and to a point, it succeeds. Though it also succeeds in moving Megatron down even farther into the ” Am I supposed to take this guy serious?!” category of villains.

All in all though ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ was a very entertaining and overall good movie. If you didn’t like the first two films though, just stay away from this one, because it definitely won’t make you fall in love with the series now. For the people who do love the other films in the series though, this is a film you definitely need to watch.

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  1. Me Seeber says:

    Nonono. Transformers was not good. It was random sightgags until enough time had lapsed that the 40 minutes of pure CGI could be justified to fill the rest of the movie. You can’t watch it for plot or acting, but only for the lasting action you hope provides stimulus. And every single sequence is tied up so quickly with deus ex machina, you wonder what the point is. The movie does NOT provide closure; it’s a series of actions spotted every 15 minutes by a meager plot point *or* platitude. The complete lack of quality is exactly what makes it fit in with the first two, and that is all.

  2. Yes the movie does have WAY too many problems to even try and list off but I personally still enjoyed it. Sure it made me angrier than the previous two films did but for the very few moments that you get to see the Transformers in action, I loved it. Now I’m sure all of us could probably come up with a much better idea for a Transformers movie but these are the ones we got, so we might as well try and enjoy them as much as possible.

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