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!)
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?
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.
Did you see this movie? What did you think?!