Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Warning: Angry Optimus
After the first Transformers movie, everybody expected there to be a sequel, and because no franchise has anything under a trilogy, we got two more movies. That was expected, but no one really expected, nor asked for Transformers: Age of Extinction. Suddenly, it falls in our lap, as if Michael Bay himself said – “here you go, enjoy or don’t, I don’t care”. It was his way of re-vitalizing a dead series. All he had to do was look at the parts that failed in the second and third movie, and do them all over again. I kid, I kid, I actually enjoyed this film – and I consider it second best…but only by slightly.
After we toss Shia Labeouf in the garbage, we are presented with someone with a much higher capacity for acting – Mark Wahlberg. Mr. Marky Mark plays Cade, an unsuccessful inventor who dreams of putting his daughter through college. He is accompanied by his funky bunch – which consists of his daughter and her boyfriend, when they learn that humans now hate alien robots of all kinds. Autobots, Decepticons, doesn’t matter – they want them dead because their cities keep getting destroyed. The government, always wanting control, created their own form of robots built from the Transformer’s own technology, in order to help rid the world of the Autobots…but here comes trouble. A deadly Decepticon by the name of Deadlock is bent on finding Optimus Prime…but for what reason?
This movie had a lot of promise when it opened up, a lot. Then like a flawed snowball effect, it really starts to fall apart on itself. You know the thing is almost three hours in length, and that’s mostly because there are at least two full stories going on at once. It was fine when it started, because everything was woven together really nicely, but then as the movie dragged on – you felt it’s length – because these two perfectly woven stories – began to unravel. They began to pull apart, and then it just got to the point where it was a little more confusing than it had to be to follow the film’s story. I don’t know if Michael Bay felt the need to make it longer – with more explosions, catching falling people in slow motion, or “camera-pointing-up” shots, but there was something in there that was a tad unnecessary.
The reason why I still like this better than the second or third movie, is because despite the flaws, it’s still a lot of fun to watch – and it has a good feeling of freshness to it. There are new Autobots, there’s not really Decepticons – well, not the way you’d think. There’s a whole new cast – we got rid of Shia, of Megan Fox, of the other girlfriend, of the parents, of the military guys – and we introduced a new cast. One that had a very effective male lead. He was in the middle of the action the whole time – not shouting from the sidelines. It was also not filled with too much romantic bull crap, because the main girl was just the daughter. There were also, at least, a couple of really good Transformer villains – as well as humans.
Past the cast, we also have better graphics. I really wasn’t expecting the CGI in this movie to be as good as it was. I felt like this would be the nuking the fridge film. The graphics were going to feel cheap and cartoony…but this movie had the best effects out of all four films. No joke. There is some really spectacular stuff here. It’s not just explosions, but the very way the robots transform somehow looked and felt so much better than before. Now, I wasn’t a big fan of the Dinobots. They felt like a mashup between Transformers and Beast Wars…which in theory is cool – but in actuality, just looks like they took it a step too far.
Transformers: Age of Extinction was so much better than I thought it would be. I felt obligated to watch it because I’ve seen the others, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I actually liked it. As a whole, the movie feels a lot fresher because of the newer characters, and their basic roles. It also looked remarkable in terms of special effects and animation.
It’s Michael Bay, so you’re going to have people complain just because he made it…but then again…I did notice repetitive shots throughout the entire thing, and there may have been a scene or two where there was just scientifically too many explosions than reasonable. Thing is, I don’t mind his style, but we don’t have time for repetition, it’s already long enough. The main complaint I have is how the story went from having a solid foundation to falling apart at the seams. By the end, there was like, three different stories going on at the same time.
Lol, Kelsey Grammer.