A month long Hiatus and here I am back at doing what I love.
A promising start in the motion picture with Wahlberg (Yeager) and Miller (Lucas) and their humor works for Michael Bay’s fourth outing with the TRANSFORMERS franchise. Being a fan boy of the franchise never have there been flies in the ointment with my metal robot experiences. There is nothing not to like in the reinvented hi-tech robots. New cast, New city, Dino Robots, New Villain and the largest collection of robots than all the other movies put together. Everything gets a new look and brand new upgrade and looks even cooler. This is so much a boy’s movie. The movie will not probably be remembered as the summer wraps up but still for the lovers of the genre and the lovers of the work of Michael Bay this one is all about entertainment.
TAOE certainly treads new ground having wholly wiped of Witwicky and his backstory. It takes no time getting used to within moments of seeing the prehistoric beasts being wiped off by the creators. Witwicky is replaced by Texan inventor Yeager, his partner Lucas and 17 years old daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz). Yeager who picks up prime who is lying low as an old truck probably is the best moment of the film until he gets back to being what he is. It is almost as if TAOE attempts hard to reinvent it but Bay keeps returning back to his roots. Old habits die hard. As prime awakes the CIA are hot in his tail, the CIA threatens Yeager’s family and Prime steps into protect them (now doesn’t that sound awfully familiar).
Written by Ehren Kruger TAOE by far is the strongest script in the franchise especially that there is no Megan Fox or Rosie Huntington- Whitley to distract the viewer from the absurdly long runtime. The human connections formed are meaningful and worth the depths it reaches. In fact the death of Lucas in the first act had me asking why? The Bay trademark of a killer soundtrack is the icing on top. Never has he disappointed the audience with this. Whilst it is rumored that this may be Bays final trip with the metal rangers it sure does not feel like that.
Optimistic (pun intended )opening act, meaningful characterization, heart tugging sound track, ridiculously long run time and so much carnage. It’s like Godzilla and the Avengers clashing on the same screen.
TITLE: TRANSFORMERS : AGE OF EXTINCTION
DIRECTED BY : MICHAEL BAY
STARRING: MARK WAHLBERG, NICOLA PELTZ, KELSEY GRAMMER, T.J.MILLER, JACK RAYNOR, STANLEY TUCCI & TITUS WELLLIVER
RUNTIME: 165 MINUTES.