Transformers: Dark of the Moon

The world watched in wonder as the United States space program achieved its ultimate victory. Man had at last arrived on a mission to the moon, the pinnacle of our space program to date. What the public was not told, however, was the true purpose behind this mission. To investigate the impact of an unknown mass on the dark side of the moon, back in 1960. Now the race is on for the Autobots to uncover the secrets of this mission and what it means for their future, before the Decepticons get their first.

Michael Bay does it again, in style. Transformers: Dark of the Moon is by far the best movie in the series. Not that the first two weren't great in their own right, but this one outdoes them all. Pretty much everything is top notch from the action to the special effects down to the humor and the plot development. Somewhere along the way it all just came together. The action is intense, almost right from the start and doesn't let up much other than a few downtime scenes. Sam has himself a new girl and in between fending off Decepticons and everything else he's got to find some way to mend his relationship with her. All of the excellent one liners and jokes are back too, with a couple of robots who should be familiar from the last movie delivering much of the comic relief. They've even managed to sneak in a couple of surprise twists.

Audience participation can sometimes make or break a movie. It all depends on the level and type of participation. In this case, it's pretty clear that the director wanted the audience to laugh, groan, gasp, and generally react to what they were seeing. It worked rather well, fortunately. It doesn't always come out for the best though.

I have no real idea how closely this one follows previous history in the cartoon series since none of it seemed familiar based on what I used to watch as a kid. My guess is that the timeline this movie is based on comes from portions of the series that never aired here in the US. So you lore fanatics out there will have to judge for yourselves how well they honored it. I doubt Bay did anything that would screw it up too badly, if at all.

Bottom line: Spend the money already and go see it. With the caveat that you avoid wasting your time on the 3D version. I've been told by a few people that the 3D sucked big time. I saw it in 2D so wasn't disappointed in the least. Get there early!

Next up on the list is Harry Potter. Previews of that look EPIC. The summer of kick-ass movies rolls on.
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Posted on Jul 7, 2011 2:39 am by Samson in: | 3 comment(s) [Closed]
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Ziggy [Anon] said:
Comment #1 Jul 8, 2011 6:53 am
Yes I do sometimes read your blog in an anonymous scary fashion :P

however; I just had to comment!
I haven't seen a movie worse than this in quite a while!
The acting OH GOD the ACTING :P
It was just entirely action, which is what Mr. Bay does....unfortunately it made me just wish for all the characters to explode and the film to just -end-.
It's great how subjective movies are isn't it. :P

       
Yes, it is, isn't it? :P

The acting may not have been Oscar level stuff but I didn't think it was anywhere near bad enough to wish the movie would just end.

       
Ziggy [Anon] said:
Comment #3 Jul 9, 2011 4:57 am
That said; I am awaiting Harry Potter with bated breath.
It better live up to my (perhaps unreasonably) high expectations! :P

       
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