This movie consists of three types of scenes:
- Teen movie - these parts do work (even if the girl is too hot for being believable); nothing special but okay (while the humor is really not that great). 6/10
- spectacular non-action sequences - they are the best part, maybe 10/10. The robots look really great, the effects are superb, the story is alright (yes you have to suspend belief to enjoy seeing the size differences when transforming - not only the transformers but the cube as well - but if you can't suspend your belief when watching a movie about giant robots you are helpless). These scenes really show Spielberg is the producer.
- action sequences - they are totally Michael Bay. But not his finest (like The Rock) but his most maniac. Yes, the movie is fast, spectacular and loud, but these scenes are simply too much; in the end these even started to bore me as hell. If Bay was able limit himself and not include endless boring sequences of loud, mindless and superfluous destruction, that would have helped the movie very much; these sequences are 4/10 for me.
(sorry; I am not a Bay-hater - even if Pearl Harbor was terrible - but it is strange to find the action scenes to be the weakest part of a Bay action movie.)
But unlike Spider-Man 3. or Shrek the Third, the movie is not lower in quality than the previous one; while in some aspects it is even slightly better, for the first two thirds it is a bit less entertaining. Still, quite a good ending for the series.
(By the way, if you are a Pirates fan, watch Sinbad - Legend of the Seven Seas. You will be surprised how many elements were 'stolen' from that movie alone.)
I felt some problems with the pacing too; maybe it's because I am 30 and not 10, some scenes seemed to be too fast (e.g. meeting the Robinson family is just crazy, a total mess, the most annoying part of the movie - maybe the only annoying part) while at the beginning sometimes it was all talking heads. Also I felt for a 102-minute movie there is too much story to tell, too much crazy detail from the antagonist's and protagonist's past to the family and the dinosaur and and and..., which might be the result of John Lasseter's involvement. On the positive side, actually every scene seems to be working; the only thing this movie really needed was...time. Ten more minutes for the running time, one more year for John Lasseter perfecting the movie even more.
The wonder is gone, as is from the book. Magic and special wizardry, creatures of Hogwarts are not the most important part of the story: just as Harry is not amazed by them anymore, nor we are. These are only the background for the most important story - the story that is told in 7 chapters, say, seven books. The first two were the introduction, but now the story really begins.
The only thing I missed was the explanation of the 4 names on the map- the names of people who made it. With one or two explaining sentence we would also have understood the patronus creature in the end.
But except from this I really loved it. It also had lots of little fun in the background just as the book or the original Star Wars trilogy. One more thing: the Hippogriff. Well the F/x could be seen sometimes but the concept was great, as the two different "parts" of it behaved just as they had to (the bird part as a bird, the horse part as a horse). Great!
The Unique Adventures of Mézga Family is about a family where the son (Aladár) invents lots of stuff (well, like Dexter in his laboratory but in a less idiot style) and gets in contact with his great-great-greatson from the far future. In each episode, they try to solve some (quite simple) problems not by solving them by common sense but by asking for special future objects, machines etc to help - and of course, they get in a much bigger trouble...
The first spin-off series was about The Adventures of Aladár Mézga, who made a spaceship for himself and secretly travelled to space in every episode. The second spin-off series was The Mézga Family on Vacation where the Mézgas were invited by Hufnágel Pisti (see in the review below) so they travelled across the world in 13 episodes. I don't even understand why these masterpieces can not be found here on imdb...
Also, I always expect something impossible; I expect the miracle that SW1 provided, or at least the miracle I felt when I saw the first giant dinosaur in Jurassic Park. Of course these miracles can't be repeated; we won't see any f/x so earth-shattering, won't see any incredible good new story elements in this crowded marketplace of movies - I was just so young when I could see SW1 I did not know it was a chain of quotations from other movies and books (Lord of the Rings).
Probably those who say this is the best of the five Star Wars movies watched Empire Strikes Back only on video or the SE in cinemas. Which is not a problem; it seems Lucas is able to make something digestable for the next generation too.
I enjoyed watching the movie, it was incredibly spectacular (even if the f/x was not always the best, sometimes it was better than anything we've seen before). I like the story, actually this non-Black&White movie seems to be more mature than any of the series. I like the sign of the future empire on Obi Wan's ship. I like the irony of the speech of our wise old kung fu master...C3PO is sometimes a bit annoying, but he has the funniest sentence of the movie as well. The love dialogue is really epic. I can't say I really love it; it actually annoyed me a bit, but I can accept it as it is an emotionally really serious part of the movie. I love the usually present background stories (like the droids replacing a window).
I can't say more now; I know I have to watch the movie again to have a more developed opinion on the case. I know I did it wrong when I spoiled the movie for myself reading the book and the comics, watching several trailers before going to cinema. I just wish Lucas forgot marketing aspects and kept everything secret. Of course this is really nice to see these large numbers and records but... PLEASE DON'T DESTROY THE THIRD PART FOR ME, PLEASE!!!!!!! Without seeing any trailers, pictures, books etc. in advance, I promise I will watch that three times, OK?