Thursday, June 30, 2011

[Movie Night] Transformers: Dark of the Moon

My Bibe and I watched Transformers: Dark of the Moon last night at Greenbelt 1. We don't normally go out on weeknights anymore but I made an exception with this one.

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Personally I think the movie is worth watching if you're looking for something fun (not necessarily funny, though). If you're looking for noteworthy dialogue, character development and fine acting, remember that this is a Michael Bay film. So you'll have to expect lots of grand set pieces, long camera crane shots, action sequences, special effects and explosions (heck, GQ just even called him "the most explosive director of all time" in its July issue!). Don't think too much and just enjoy the ride. And don't bother sitting through the end credits, especially after seeing that extra clip played early on. There's nothing waiting for you there.

Dark of the Moon was definitely better than Revenge of the Fallen, but still far from the wit, charm and magic of the 2007 original. This latest installment is trying to be a little more serious, people. At least I think it is since most of the jokes fell flat. Even Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) was less stellar here than in his first two outings. And there was absolutely no chemistry between him and that new gal (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley). Too bad Megan Fox called Michael Bay "Hitler" because Shia and Megan just clicked onscreen (and off, according to Shia in Details magazine).

Let's see what else I can say without being a spoiler. Well, I enjoyed the action even if the special effects felt a little too familiar already. But unlike The Fallen, where I had to sit through overly extended battle scenes that just dragged on like forever, this latest installment was better edited. More scenes featuring "humans" cut through what would have otherwise been another looooong CGI battle sequence. Those wingsuit flyers were a nice touch.

Like in the second film, I lament that Sam's parents were not given much to work with. Too bad since his mother was just hilarious in the original. Another underutilized actor was John Malkovich. And Patrick Dempsey? Never mind; he didn't do justice to his character. As for Optimus Prime, still hate him; wimpy as ever, especially in one particular scene (but I can't tell which one). Bumble Bee was also less charming here, although a little dramatic in one scene. And you probably wouldn't have guessed who this was:

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I have a couple of questions, though. If you haven't watched the movie yet and you don't want any spoilers, stop reading now because here goes:

1. How could Megatron have brokered that deal decades ago when he was frozen and unconscious the whole time since crashing on earth? Remember he was only brought back to life in the first film, which was pretty much set in modern times. Now that's a really huge plot hole a Decepticon could fill!

2. How convenient it is for The Ark to crash on the moon when it came from a very distant planet!

3. At the end of the first film, Optimus Prime narrated that more of the Autobots have now sought refuge on earth. We've also seen a couple more of them in the sequel. But how come that there were only nine Autobots in Dark of the Moon?

4. We saw hundreds of those "pillars" launched by, of course, hundreds of Decepticons from around the globe. Were they also sucked back to wherever they came after their attempt at bringing Cybertron to earth failed? I'm not sure if they were. Or I may have missed it.

5. What happened to all those pillars?

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