Starring: Shia LeBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, John Malkovich
Yes, I gave this four-and-a-half stars but hear me out. With a near perfect rating I'm not saying that this movie will be loved universally. If you're the type of person that cannot open your mind and just enjoy a movie about machines killing eachother, machines with feelings, a movie adapted from a line of toys or even up for a laugh with all the comic relief provided by this flick then you can just stop reading now. You can also stop taking yourself so seriously too.
More more more! Dark of the Moon is 150 minutes of more. More battles, more transformers, more destruction, more of a story line, more acting (not always a good thing in these movies), more dimensions (the 3D was surprisingly seamless) and more to talk about. Where to start?
The acting. Let's be honest, fans of this film series aren't too bothered with the acting but we don't exactly want it to suck either. It follows the same formula of comic relief coming from most of the characters except for the a-holes in charge. With the injection of cameo's by screen legend John Malkovich and The Hangover's Ken Jeong, this movie was much funnier. Megan Fox was pretty ordinary in the first two movies but that didn't really matter because she had such a meaningless role. Her replacement, Victoria Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, did a better job in her first acting gig. While it wasn't really good, it was better than Fox's performances and yes, she smoking hot which helps tip the scale of bias.
The story. Solid. Not much else to say. The writers came up with some Transformers mythology, gave the bad guys a reason to come to earth and so they fought the autobots.
The battle scenes. This is where Dark of the Moon really excels. I was absolutely awestruck at the enormity and length of the battles. You can't complain about the final showdown being too short. You just can't. As I said before, so many machines, so much destruction. I watched this in IMAX 3D and it was clear what was happening in about 95% of the scenes. Only for a quick second here or there are you like "wait, what? who is that?"
The latest and likely final instalment of Michael Bay's Transformers is, in one word, epic. I was a big fan of the first two flicks but Dark of the Moon has absolutely blown them out of the water.