The “third time’s a charm” doesn’t quite sum up Michael Bay’s Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon, but the film does have some things going for it that Revenge of the Fallen didn’t quite have. Bay does the usual dance, with his loud, crash and bang action and beautiful people that are having a good time. It’s a summer popcorn flick, and it does it’s job for the most part, even if it’s nothing new.
Bay goes bigger in this third installment, ending the film with what seemed like a solid hour of non-stop action, where the Autobots and Decepticons bang metal heads to the delight of 10 year olds, and 10 year olds at heart. The film is fast-paced, and compared to Revenge of the Fallen, has a clear-cut story. Overall, it’s a slight improvement to the previous film just by having a story. The special effects are undoubtedly impressive, and the stunts are jaw-dropping.
The performances all around are standard for this type of fun film. Shia Labeouf, as SamWitwicky, is still funny and courageous, but this time around he’s all grown up. The absence of Megan Fox is made up for by the presence of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and she is a sight to look at. Peter Cullen, voicing Optimus Prime once again, still gives heroic life to the natural leader of the Autobots with his legendary voice.
Overall, the film is good enough for summer, and that’s all that was expected.
Clocking in at over 2.5 hours, this film can become exhausting for many because there’s not enough story for this kind of run-time. There could’ve easily been about 45 minutes shaved off of the run-time to make this film run smoother.
The action is a bit cluttered at times, especially when the cameras zoom-in to the robots trading blows. All the audience sees is random mechanical parts being thrown around, and it’s only when the camera zooms back out that we get to see the action.
For some, the absence of Megan Fox will make this film feel a bit off. Especially because of the references to her as the “mean girlfriend.” Some may miss her.
Nothing new is done in this film, and it does feel fairly bloated.
Film Recommendations:Transformers Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Terminator: Salvation
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