Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Transformers: Dark of The Moon Review

For me this was what summer movies are all about. A movie that has you at the edge of your seat at times from pure excitement. Just like the other Transformer movies, there was a lot of humor and tons of action, with intervals of space to allow the plot to continue. As expected from a Michael Bay film there's some over the top action shots, which aren't that believable, but are very sweet to watch. I do love how once again there were very good shots showing red white and blue and some patriotic little speeches. The best of which being at the end with Optimus Prime giving his final words and Bumble Bee standing in front of a torn and battered US flag still waving free despite the battle's destruction. There's also a sweet scene of Air Force wing suits.
Basically, you will enjoy this film if you go looking for an extremely enjoyable summer movie, if you go expecting the next big Oscar winner, you'll be sorely disappointed.

Warning: Spoilers if you continue.
From the start with the crashing of a ship on the moon in 1961, and the Apollo missions primarily being about exploring this ship, the plot was mostly coherent and sensible. The Autobots work openly and very closely with the US Military out of NEST, commanded by Colonel Lennox (Josh Duhamel). They've just successfully taken out an illegal nuclear facility somewhere in the Middle East (honestly one of my favourite parts), and then the plot for this movie begins with an encounter with Decepticons at Chernobyl. Coming back from Chernobyl they are met by Mearing (Francis McDormand) and Optimus gets a visit from former NASA space program members, including the actual Buzz Aldrin (another highlight) who fully explain to them about the moon.
Sam (Shia LaBeouf) is now living in DC, trying to find that elusive first job in today's economy. His new girlfriend (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) Carly's place is explained, though not exactly what happened to Mikaela (Megan Fox), all we learn through the whole movie is that they broke up. Sam ends up able to get a position working for Bruce Brazos (John Malkovich) who's as odd as you'd expect from him. Jealousy is aroused when Sam seems how Carly is treated by her boss Dylan (Patrick Dempsey).
The movie continues on with the action building, with some twists (expected mostly and a few definitely not expected), until Chicago is all but destroyed with an expected outcome and Sam once again growing up to find what really matters.

John Tuturro, Tyrese Gibson, Glenn Morshower, Kevin Dunn, and Julie White all reprised their various roles. Some great additions were Leonard Nimoy and Alan Tudyk, who's character Dutch was kind of awesome. Speaking of awesome, Scott Krinsky from Chuck was in it as well as one other of the Buy More crew. Bill O'Reilly even made an appearance as himself.
Also there were some parts of the plot which didn't make sense to me like why Wheelie ("I follow warrior goddess") and Mikaela's junk yard dog Bonecrusher, are with Sam, rather than her. Also the twins who were such a slapstick part of Revenge of The Fallen were missing as well as Mojo, Frankie, and the Arcee motorcycles.
The good news for haters and fans alike is that this seems to be the last movie, and Michael Bay appears happy with a trilogy.