It doesn’t make sense to rate Transformers: The Dark of the Moon. This isn’t a movie that deserves to be described as “good” or “bad”. The only way to describe it would be to call it “a Transformers movie”.
That being said, this movie is bad. It wasn’t as goddamn painful as Revenge of the Fallen was, but it was still bad. To be honest, I have a hard time remembering anything from any of the Transformers movies. They’re all just a blur. But I do remember my reactions to them, and my reaction to this one was far less severe than my reaction to the second one. So kudos on that Michael Bay.
As with both the other Transformers movies, the only parts that I really found interesting were the scenes before the giant robots show up. I enjoy seeing Shia LaBeouf’s crazy antics as he tries to get with a hot girl. It’s entertaining to me. I might even watch a whole movie of that. Especially if you add an over the top John Malkovich. Then the giant robots showed up and completely ruined everything.
I’ve noticed with huge, CGI driven movies like these, my mind turns off as soon as the action starts. When I see giant robots and aliens fighting in a big city, my eyes immediately glaze over, my brain turns off, and I don’t switch it back on until real people show up again and start talking. This isn’t intentional, it’s just that it is very difficult to relate and be emotionally involved in scenes that you know were created in somebody’s computer. That is why I was a little more pleased with this Transformers movie. There was actually an action scene that I didn’t zone out on. The scene in question is the one where the team of humans is inside the building that is being tipped over by a big worm transformer. For the first time in this series, I actually was interested in one of the action scenes, which is a big deal.
That’s really all I have to say about this movie. It wasn’t as horrible as the second one, but it still wasn’t any better than getting punched in the head. I’m looking forward to next week when I get to review Horrible Bosses, since for the first time this summer, I don’t already know if that movie is going to be good or not. It’s hard to complain too much about Transformers or Green Lantern, since you know what you are getting when you buy your ticket. I’m excited for a surprise.