WARNING: my reviews contain spoilers-don't read if you don't wanna know!
First, I have to say it. This movie is LONG. Like, 165 minutes long. & this is AFTER a zillion previews.
I understand action/adventure movies can be long, & if they're fun, get away with it. But even 'The Avengers' was only 143mins! Personally, I think that's about as long as ya can get away with--because it's hard to get a movie to be more stellar than 'The Avengers'!
But yeah...this movies almost 3 hours, & it's really not a good length. They could've easily cut out at least 40 mins.
Secondly, there are way too many human interest issues, & not enough Transformers (at least for my liking!). Like, you go to see Optimus Prime & his buddies kick some serious butt--let's be honest--& change from awesome looking vehicles into even-more-awesome-giant-robots, & fight other giant-robots!
But this movie has a lot of stuff that didn't really go with the theme you THINK it's going to be about when you watched the trailer--family,
bitter humans (although Kelsey Grammer does a great job as a tough, bad guy), vacant humans (type-cast daughter) etc.
The aged Prime shows up as this dusty, old, huge flat-front rig (I didn't even know they could change color/design like that!)
Like...yeah. I mean, we all know the Transformers are HUGE, & alwaze bigger than their car/truck etc counterparts, but still...
Anyway. Moving on.
I liked this movie, I did. It's fun, & there is a lot of Transformer action.
There's a Galvatron-who is initially Stanley Tucci's bright idea that spins (of course) out of control (using Megatron's DNA was probably not a good idea...).
There's a bunch of random other Transformer copies that come alive en masse & give our few good guys something to battle (there are like, 4 or 5 Autobots left, I believe).
The story is weak. The writing is just, not interesting enough to care about, thereby making the human characters not interesting enough to care about & not very deep. The movie tries to jump into a story you care about, some time after the LAST Transformer movie, but you don't really connect the dots too well, I don't think, so you're like, uh..ok--I'll just go with it, cause I like Transformers :-)
There is a random Bounty Hunter character chasing Optimus Prime, named Lockdown, I believe. But I'm not entirely sure what the reason was he was in the movie. I guess for coolness factor?
And, of course, there ARE the Dinobot things...4 of them (I think?). They're like....HUGE. Optimus gets them from Lockdown's ship. They are resistant at first to Prime leading them, but he kicks their @$$es (of course), with his sword, & so they suddenly follow him into battle against the bad Transformers & bad humans.
The major disappointment is that the awesome Dinosaur Transformers, that you were waiting all this time--and ALL this movie to see--are only in the end, like...yeah. Not cool!
Awesome, though not enough screen time!
Overall? This movie is too long. It's fun, though, there ARE Transformers, Dinobots, is fighting, & as usual in classic Michael Bay fashion, explosions & larger than life moments.
The writing is sub par, though, and the humans--even with the good acting of Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci & Kelsey Grammer behind them--are not very dimensional or interesting (Stanley's character is by far the most fun, though :-) ).
As far as the Imax/3D factor...It was ok. They could've utilized the 3D a lot more, though, I think. Especially with the Transformers! Of course the Dinobot shooting fire w/the 3D glasses was great :-) Once, anyway...got old quick, though, as the only big gimmick.
So, yes. I liked the movie. Would I watch it again? Not at the price of an Imax 3D. Also, even at regular 2D pricing, it's a lonnnng movie to sit through, & I got bored before all the good stuff started.