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A very underrated film.
If my wife and I hadn't gone away for the weekend I probably would have never watched this film which would have been a shame. We decided to order a movie in our hotel room one night and we picked this since everything else looked unappealing. We were both blown away by how good it was. Tom Cruise was fantastic. It was nice to see him do something other than another Mission Impossible. The whole movie we were trying to figure out what happened and the reveal was unexpected and very sad. Very few movie tug at my heart strings but this one did. The visuals and great soundtrack really round out the good story and make this an amazing movie. I really wish I had seen it in theaters. Immediately after my wife wanted to know when we could get it on blu-ray. A first for her since she is not an avid movie watcher. I just found out today that the director of Tron Legacy directed this film, which explains why I got a Tron vibe while watching this movie.
This series is finished
I loved the first Transformers and while not it had its cringe-worthy moments I felt it was respectful to the original cartoon I grew up with and had amazing effects and a decent story. I hated Revenge of the Fallen for a lot of reasons which I don't think I need to go into. Dark of the Moon is NOT a good movie. Gradually these films turned away from the source material and morphed into some guy's vision. Some guy who never even watched the original cartoon. Megatron went from ultimate badass "harbinger of death" in part 1 to weakling in parts 2 and 3. Starscream was never that sniveling. Twirling his hands and hunching over like Igor. Laserbeak talks? Soundwave takes orders from a human? And who are all these lame madeup Autobots and Decepticons? The Wreckers? Dino? Are you serious with that? That green head robot licking Abe Lincoln's head? The worm thing? Where are all the Transformers we grew up with and loved? Dino.....unbelievable. The comedy was WAY too much and just stupid. The annoying twins are replaced with equally annoying tiny robots. I never really had a problem with the robot designs but in ROTF and DOTM they tried to make them look more human with hair, beards, glasses, ears, and lame garbage that makes them look stupid (see Wheeljack). The story was incomprehensible. Sentinel Prime was going to Earth to meet Megatron with traitor Autobots to steal natural resources then got blasted and crashed on the moon? So Cybertron is destroyed now? The only reason I went to see this dumb movies and waste my money was because the blogs and a lot of people (not critics)were saying it was the best of the three films. Bulls***! Avoid this movie if you thought ROTF was awful. I am done with this franchise and I hope they don't make any more. I guess they can't since all the Decepticons are dead now. Yay!
I like the first film, but this one wasn't that great
Two main problems with this movie were it was too long and there were too many annoying characters. The film felt like Michael Bay was high on cocaine because of the hyperactive pace, the obvious continuity errors, and the overuse of crude comedy. Either that or he's intentionally trying to sink this franchise now.
First let's start with the characters. Jetfire, the stupid Twins, Sam's mom, Wheelie, Simmons, and Leo all had most of the screen time and were EXTREMELY annoying. None of them would shut up. They all would ramble on and on whenever they spoke like they drank a pack of Redbull. Ironhide and Ratchet are basically no shows. Optimus is out for half the movie. And Bumblebee doesn't speak anyway. So we're left with some of the most cringe-worthy characters in film history. Megatron and Starscream are turned into wimps groveling at The Fallen's feet. Megatron grovel? He does. He lost his cool factor. The Fallen just appears out of nowhere and for someone unknown reason only a Prime can defeat him. The never say why.
Second were the continuity errors. If the Constructicons form Devastator, then why were they fighting on the other side of the battlefield while D was climbing the pyramid? Two sets of the exact same Constructicons. That makes perfect sense. And they kept saying Arcee, but where was she? I saw 2 or 3 motorcycles and they referred to all of them as Arcee. What? Was there anybody paying attention when error checking? Third was the overuse of crude, dumb comedy. Devastator would have been awesome if they didn't give him balls (2 swinging wrecker balls dangling between his legs). It wasn't funny and basically turned him into a giant joke. That and the fact he got his ass kicked by the super-annoying twins and Simmons. We're all hoping for a kick ass battle with the Autobots versus Devastator, but all we get is Dumb and Dumber and Simmons beating him. Huge letdown. Jetfire farting, Wheelie leg humping, Sam's mom was stoned and acted like an idiot. I had a headache halfway through the movie.
There were some good scenes. The forest fight. Sam's torture scene. Ravage. But the movie was too long with too many stupid characters. Bay just did too much I think.
Batman Begins (2005)
Despite it's flaws it's the best superhero film I've ever seen
The movie was pretty good. It wasn't perfect and I think my expectations were a little high. So what are the bad points you ask? Well the story left a little to be desired. The water weapon was a bit silly. The fight sequences were so jumbled you couldn't tell what was going on. The editing was bad too. I hate it when movies appear too clipped together. Like when someone pops up or starts doing something out of nowhere. And finally the movie was too dark. You can't see much of anything in the night scenes. But that should be cleared up on DVD since it's easier to see everything on a TV. Now the good. This is the least cheesiest superhero film out there. I hate corny comic films. *cough* Spider-man. There weren't many corny lines or scenes in the movie. The music was pretty good. The movie stays somewhat true to the comics. The acting is great. And Batman and the Scarcrow were fantastic. Some of the imagery is nice and adult-oriented. Disturbing is the word that comes to mind. Overall it could have been done a little better in some areas, but it's my favorite superhero film to date. Can't wait for the sequel.
A so-so film with few redeeming qualities
This may be the best of the Prequels but doesn't even come close to the level of the original three. What can I say that hasn't already been said. The movie has it's highs and lows. More lows though. Where to begin? The acting is horrible. Some say the acting in the originals wasn't great either. But at least they put energy into the acting back then. These actors come off as high school kids in a play. Either the energy is flat or it's so high strung it'll make you cringe. The special effects are good for the most part, though some are just stupidly unnecessary. Like Temuera Morrison's head pasted on a CGI Clonetroopers body. It looks as bad as you think it would. The plot is okay but is so full of holes. Padme dies for no reason. Although some say she died of a broken heart, that is just a load of crap. Anakin turns to the darkside with a flick of the switch. Trusting 1 man's word over those who raised him for the last 10 years. The droid humor is not funny. It's quite dumb actually. And it doesn't help this film's attempt to be dark. Notice I said attempt. This movie is more silly than tragic and I laugh at all the idiots who said they cried during this movie. It's worth the 1 viewing I guess, but it's not the masterpiece all these critic and fans claim it to be.