From the few reviews I’ve read online regarding Tranformers 3, I’ve seen people give this 0’s and F’s. I don’t get it. We are talking like $10 and change here, plus a few hours. You get giant robots, and Michael Bay explosions, and the promise that the film is better then Revenge of the Fallen. I say…take the stick out your butt and enjoy the ride. When approaching this film you can see something that is coherent and enjoyable for what it is. Picking up where the second one left us, the Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets. A pretty cool intro recollects the war for Cybertron and the real reason behind the U.S.- Soviet space race of the 1960s.
The worst part of the film is definitely Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. She isn’t even an actress, she’s direct from a Victoria’s Secret runway, which makes no sense why she was cast at all. To counter that bad taste in my mouth, the 3-D was the best I’ve seen since Avatar, it really is worth the extra bit of cash to see it. Dark of the Moon hasn’t set out to make new fans, but it will excite and satisfy the people who already are. The badass level has intensified as Shockwave is supposed to be the main villain in this movie. Bay knows what the public likes, he can keep the attention span of new young followers and still keep it entertaining for older. As a major credit to the special effects and CGI team, the film’s action is a tremendous accomplishment.
Performance-wise, Shia remains Shia. I’m not a fan. Although, I’m not paying to see him, am I? The CGI is effectively placed in the film, the sound design is excellent, and the 3D is actually worth the price. Bay has learnt from the criticism of “Revenge of the Fallen” to hold his shots for longer so that his audience can get a sense of the awesome scale of the unfolding action. The plan is for the Decepticons to bring their plant to earth and basically eliminate the human race. Obviously, destruction is imminent and it comes down to Sam and the rest of humanity to help the good guys fight the bad guys.
All in all, ignore the naysayers, this film is entertaining! More time is given to the humans, that the Robots are just background characters. This method really fleshes out character development and you actually feel for the characters. Michael Bay is good at directing actors; his sensibilities for a performance just differ from those movie fans who, despite their knowledge about film, seem unable or unwillingly to adjust themselves through more than a few sensibilities. So when it comes to critiquing a Michael Bay film, you can’t really treat it like anything else. When we finally do get to the good stuff in the final act, the action and the scale is certainly epic, but parts of it feel hollow. That should be the mindset when seeing this movie, and that is okay, because that should be the definition of a good summer blockbuster.