Monday, July 11, 2011
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) Dir. by Michael Bay
The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets.
I will have to admit, that I wasn't really sure how I was going to feel about this movie. I am happy to report that it was a pleasant surprise, and easily surpassed the second film.
The characters were plenty, but not overwhelming like they were in the previous film. They gave the right amount of screen time to the bots that deserved it the most, and used the other ones as filler, just as it should be. Prime was a badass! Even with the story really focusing more on the humans fighting for themselves, Prime still shines through kicking some major ass. I love it. The special effects were awesome, and the movie was a blast to watch.
The acting was all done very well for the most part. Rosie did alright as Megan's replacement, even though she is even worse at acting. Her role was pretty essential in the end. Patrick Dempsey was pretty unbelievable as a bad guy, but he was barely noticeable. Ken Jeong and Alan Tudyk were great comedic relief, but didn't go overboard.
As for the Bots, there was a unique arrangement of new and old Transformer, especially on the Decepticon side. It was a really unique portrayal of Megatron, and the addition of Sentinel Prime was awesome. Soundwave and Shockwave were pretty cool. Bumblebee was just kind of there. There were a slew of legendary voice actors in this film.
The story was what really drew me in. It was a very unique story that came together very well. From the set up with the moon landing to the very end it kept me engaged. The twists throughout the film were very cool, and unexpected. I'm really glad I didn't read any spoiler reviews before I watched it. I highly recommend seeing this film in the theater though, as I don't think it will quite as good on DVD.
Entertainment Value: 9/10 bot decapitations
Cinematic Value: 9/10 bot decapitations