Transformers: Dark of the Moon; or Michael Bay takes going Michael Bay to eleven. Or possibly twelve.

by wfgodbold

If you buy a ticket to a Michael Bay Film™, you know what you’re getting: action, explosions, flag-waving, action, explosions, heroic US armed forces, action, explosions, giant transforming robots, action, explosions, and just enough plot to tie the action and explosions together.

The first two movies weren’t well received by critics, but made serious cash at the box office; with its 36% fresh rating and 90% positive audience reception, Dark of the Moon looks to be no different.

The latest Transformers film opens in the 1950s; the scenes recreating the space race and moon landings are incredible. The transformers themselves are more detailed and better animated than in the previous movies, and Optimus Prime’s character evolves in ways that those of us who grew up watching the cartoon won’t expect.

Speaking of the cartoon; Leonard Nimoy returns to the franchise for the first time in 25 years! He voices Sentinel Prime, Optimus’s mentor, and even gets to quote one of the lines he’s famous for.

The entire last hour (or possibly a bit more than an hour) is one giant extended action scene, with explosions, giant robot fights, firefights, dogfights, fistfights, and damn near every other kind of fight. Bay spared no expense.

The 3D, aside from a couple scenes, is used to good effect (Bay manages (with only a couple lapses) to resist the stick-stuff-in-your-face-for-no-reason-except-to-show-how-cool-3D-is trap that 3D films fall into; if he’d gone full annoying 3D, I’d say so). The action is good, the plot is almost well done, and the characters…

Well, no one sees Michael Bay Films™ for the quality of the acting, let’s say.


3 Comments to “Transformers: Dark of the Moon; or Michael Bay takes going Michael Bay to eleven. Or possibly twelve.”

  1. For me, I enjoyed myself so much because the story may start off slow, but as time goes on, the action is amazing and just happens non-stop to the point of where I left, I was just totally worn-out thanks to Michael Bay. Good Review! Check out mine when you can!

  2. Optimus’ actions at the end were initially surprising, but thinking about how the character had developed over the past few movies, as well as the point he was proving with their ship, it did make a certain degree of sense… “negotiating with terrorists” and all that.

    But, really, bat-suiting into a hot-combat zone positively teeming with highly-advanced air combat vehicles? There goes Bay being Bay again… 😉

    • I agree that thinking about it afterwards makes Optimus’s actions make more sense, but it’s still jarring at the time. I mean, it’s Optimus Prime, noble leader par excellence, hero to children everywhere!

      Michael Bay is the poster boy for the Rule of Cool.

      If it looks awesome, he doesn’t care how ridiculous it is, he’ll figure out how to make it look … awesomer. Possibly even awesomest.

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