Ok I am gonna be frank this review will very likely get QUITE judgemental. Can’t help it didn’t like the cinematography(well by and large) and I felt some other things were lacking as well. But I’ll get to those later just prefacing this post with that comment.
Ok now to get started with the meat and gristle. I just picked up this movie the other day to have some fun with(I’d heard it was horrible and nothing can help with stress on occasion like a good dumb stupid movie) and well IMO they were half right. I found the movie overall to be rather entertaining however it also fell short in MANY areas that I feel it could have done much better in which I shall count down along with my views of the positives after my usual summary.
Now as this one begins we see clips of the moon landing and find out about how it was all really related to a Cybertronian ship crash landing on the moon. Skip forward to the “present” and we see Sam Witwicky is doing his best to find a job(yep saved the world 2 times and he can’t get a job which he also makes sure to mention like 5 times a scene at the start), Bumblebee is gone and he’s driving an old junker(same paint scheme as bumblebee of course), and the Autobots are now working for the US government under even more scrutiny than before. As it turns out Sam also is o longer in a relationship with his old squeeze from the first two movies. As for the world in general not much is said. I mean some things indicate most of the world knows about the transformers by now yet other do not. Some indicate that only the government knows while others suggest that pretty much everyone knows about them(especially later in the movie). I mean it’s like they were writing for two separate scripts one post movie conflict and wanted to mix in something they had planned for a fourth movie and thought they needed padding or something. Either way doesn’t make much sense.
Anyways as the movie goes on we see same go through many very bizarre interviews(never had one myself so wouldn’t know how realistic they are. Oh and before anyone asks I DO have a job…wellll part time in the extreme but I do). Now he finally gets one and well things go south pretty soon after as I’m sure you can guess.
Now while all this is going on the Autobots are finding out more and more about earths history and it’s connection to a lost autobot ship. That as was carrying a weapon that as Optimus puts it “Could have changed the fate of the war”(welll something to that effect at least).
Okay I’m gonna stop the summary there cause this is where it really picks up but suffice to say we got alot going on with more than a few things having changed from the previous ones.
As for my issues well here they are along with what I feel it may have done well.
Area one that I feel it failed is how they seemed to be attempting to be “artistic” with the camera angles. Doing things such as shaky camera and showing us a “first person” view of the military guys firing guns(on more than a few occasions) as well as trying it seems to turn what should have been an easy dumb fun movie into something more(on occasions a stupid but fun movie is better than a good artistic movie at least IMO).
The second area is the ending it just felt I dunno rushed in a way. Thing is that it feels VERY inconclusive and while that IS becoming normal i feel that they could at least have added in a scene to show some degree of Sams relationship with his new girl and bumblebee. A state of the world after the fact kinda thing. Hell maybe pull a Transformers The Movies(1986 one) and have them do a speech about how “all need to be one” or in other words achieve a sense/actual unity(not said unity not peace). Another way might have been to have the Autobots basically become their own group on earth.
Now my third and last gripe is how it feels VERY rushed at points and as if they decided to cut some scenes just to amke the movie shorte. I mean if they were worried about bathroom breaks they coulda just put in an intermission or two(for those who don;t know an intermission is where the movie takes a small break and you can rest use the restroom and even get more food and so on quite effective for longer movies like this if ya ask me) or even just let it run over 3 hours(like many people can handle that LOL).
I guess looking back the way Sam wound up also bothers me somewhat. I mean he’s basically being thrown around and one of his final lines kinda makes the whole movie lose some of it’s appeal to me. It’s overall message at least to me seems to be less one of great achievment and more of just accepting your place in life. Not of moving above but instead of just going with what the world has. In short a rather depressing mood. Now this is MY take and feel free to disagree we all have our own views on such things after all.
I also did not like how they decided to focus so much more on sex and the female lead(who TBH I do NOT find that attractive sorry people but I don’t have the stereotypical taste in beauty). And not only that i feel it detracted from what honestly could have IMO been a movie of quite high renown.
As for the positives. I must say I rather liked their covering of certain key events(ones that i will not mention for those who have yet to see it but lets just say a few episodes of the classic series are replayed and exiles become exiles again). It would have been nice IMO to see an AU version of this in fact where things didn’t work out so well and the Decepticons won. I could even come up with a potential sequel outta that(was coming up with it while watching the movie LOL). Other than that though this scene was rather well done if parts of it suffer from the poor continuity/writing I mentioned before but overall it’s done quite nicely.
Overall though I’d say it was a fun watch but the first two were MUCH better. I also am not sure I would recommend it. As part of a dumb movie marathon I’d say number 2 works best and overall I’d say if you want stupid fun I’d recommend Dragonball Evolution over this(R.I.P. any chance of getting regular readers from this LOL) . However the fact is that I honestly feel this movie COULD been not just good but great a classic in fact. IF IT HAD BEEN DONE RIGHT. Alot of good potential points were missed alot of nice things were glossed over as well as MANY potentially apt to modern society subjects and messages were skipped and instead it was made as a dumb and fanservicey movie in place of a potentially great movie all for money.
Now again your mileage may vary and you may like it.