Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Sequel
Running Time: 2 hr. 34 min.
Release Date: June 29th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense prolonged sequences of sci-fi action violence, mayhem and destruction, and for language, some sexuality and innuendo.
Distributors: Paramount Pictures
Director: Michael Bay
JJ Rating: B+
The world is under attack by the aptly named Decepticons. The Autobots come to the rescue despite the US (surprising) Government hiding info from them. Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon.
The 9 Things Good with this Film
1. Leonard Nimoy as Sentinel Prime was genius. And to spot Star Trek’s legacy a five spot in one scene and a line (Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan) was smart. This going hand in hand with Larry Crowne’s mention of DS9 and their use of an original cast member as a professor.
2. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley replacing Megan the stupid idiot Fox was (cause I have a thing for blonds) an upgrade not only in looks, but in acting. Way better.
3. Shia LaBeouf got his snark on and it made the film that much better.
4. Frances McDormand gave seriousness to the film that it would seriously lack. For me it’s difficult to take too many of these actors seriously since they make me laugh. It was a great choice and the correct needed ingredient.
5. John Malkovich is just a twist of crazy funny in a cocktail of action.
6. Making me have to slightly bow to the explosion addicted Michael Bay for doing some things right.
7. Great CGI work. The Transformers look better and better and transform into awesome hot (like that red one) cars. And Bumble Bee is still my favorite because his quirk. Optimus is awesome, too.
8. Like X-Men First Class, Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon made great use of history. Though both films are not being accurate, the fact they bring up real historical events (both dealing with JFK) could very well urge some history handicapped people to look it up. On the other hand, maybe they’ll just think that’s how it happened…stupid Americans.
9. Liked the score (somewhat) and the music picked for the soundtrack. Did not like people’s dumb, retarded, lame, stupid comments on Itunes about what they could and couldn’t buy. Music lovers can be such douchebags. Not worse than writers--writers are just thin-skinned pricks, I mean to say ONLINE ones…which, in most cases, make them fake writers. (www.absolutewrite.com and www.writersforum.org)
The 3 Things Bad with this Film
1. TWO AND A HALF HOURS…seriously? Are you trying to give me seat rash or something? I understand that maybe, just maybe, it was necessary, but there are very, very few movies that are worthy of that length of time and I’m hard press to suggest that this would be one of them.
2. Tyrese Gibson. Totally and utterly unnecessary. His character and moments were not needed. That would have shaved off a good 15 minutes.
3. Is it really, really HARD to get a storyline that would actually just be as fun as the cartoons? That’s why people go and see these films, not because they have some sort of profound meaning. I’m not just sayin’. I’m freaking browbeating.
Oscar nods for CGI work.
Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon is action laden. It did it for me, though I think it gave me a brain cavity. Or maybe that’s just my brain vacating me for overindulging, I need to ask for forgiveness so it may return and I can start writing better. Ha, on the other hand, maybe I never wrote good to begin with.
It’s worth 2.5 hours and 3D glasses if you want redemption for one of the few films that uses the number two literally.