Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Back on track.
Back in the day, my brother and I took a train ride to Chicago – bright and early. We don’t live too far away, but far enough for it to be a 2-3 hour ride by rail. Why? Well I’ll tell you. We were headed to audition to be extras in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. If we made it, we’d likely get paid for our time, and we’d get to have an experience like no other. So we waited in line for roughly six hours. They had us sign disclaimer and information paperwork in case we actually got the roles of extras. Get this, they actually had a section of the paperwork dedicated if you want to volunteer your car to be in the movie to like, blow up or something. Anyways, we get our pictures taken and we’re sent on our way. We didn’t get the parts.
The third and original final part of the franchise introduces us to the dark side of the moon, where long ago, Transformers landed – hence why there was a race to the moon. The United States had to get there first to document what alien nature landed there so long ago. Turns out it was Sentinel Prime (Leonard Nimoy). The Decepticons want what was on his ship on the moon – which are beacons that will allow Cybertron to co-exist with Earth, which also means destruction and enslavement of humans – but they can’t activate the beacons without Sentinel, so the Autobots must protect the humans and make sure those Beacons never go off, which also means waking Sentinel Prime.
I may not be the best at explaining the plot of this movie, but it is good and it’s something you just have to see for yourself. It is clearly a lot more solid in its pacing and structure. There are subplots, but thankfully they aren’t focused on as heavily as they were the last time. Instead, everything was dependent and revolved around the story about Sentinel and the beacons. It’s amazing how when you clear things up plotwise, how memorable and ultimately better a movie can be. This and the first movie are a lot of fun, but the first is still the best. They had to make sacrifices in order for this movie to be any good, and those sacrifices are noticed.
Obviously, the soundtrack isn’t nearly as good as the first. Lincoln Park’s song just didn’t fit in as epicly as the previous two movies – but it’s not just the music. The film just feels so ridiculously long, because it still heavily relied on action. There was story, but without the heart and humor of character development and interaction, there was just something that ultimately felt off about this movie. It’s definitely better than the second, but my god it feels long. The character development and interaction in Dark of the Moon wasn’t horrible, but it fell short of both the first and second movie in that regard. This could be because of Rosie Huntington-Whitely, who took the place of Megan Fox. They both aren’t the best actresses, but Megan Fox looked the part while Rosie didn’t. She and Shia just didn’t have the same chemistry and it felt a bit rushed and forced…so I didn’t believe it.
Obviously the look is nice, the new Transformers are fun, but at this point the action does feel repetitive, as fun as it is. Not just the action, but pretty much everything feels slightly stale like we’ve seen this crap before. If you haven’t seen any of the previous movies, that’s a different story, but because you have…it just doesn’t affect you like it should. Plus, I was annoyed with Megatron’s involvement in the second movie…you can bet I was sighing when he showed up in the third too.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon is miles better than the second film. It’s clearer, it follows a set path, and it has a more solid plot that they follow throughout.
The heart and humor of Shia’s initial personality in the series was pretty much gone at this point. Instead, they focus on the fact that he’s just…there – and they figure that’s all that matters. His presence is great, but it’s only great based off of how he played the role to begin with, which was nervous and awkward – and it was hilarious and welcome.