Review: Transformers Dark of the Moon

| 1 July , 2011 | 1 Reply

Directed by: Michael Bay
Shia LeBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamael, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Patrick Dempsey

Save the world three times. Date a Victoria\’s secret model. Be awarded with a medal from the President. Own a drool worthy car which also doubles as an alien robot. Spend six months out of college totally unemployed and riding on said girlfriend’s coattails because you can\’t even get a job as a mail clerk. In the third instalment of the Transformers series things just aren\’t adding up anymore for Sam Witwicky (Shia LeBeouf).

Transformers: Dark of the Moon finds Sam having moved on from his old home and his ex girlfriend, but he can\’t seem to move on from his role as world hero now that earth is safe yet again. Cue trouble.

We won\’t spoil the storyline but Dark of the Moon is actually the most developed in terms of plot. Effort has been put into refreshing the good vs. evil, Autobot vs. Deceptacon conflict. Though this probably isn\’t going to matter to the majority of the people who rush to the cinemas to see it. This film is all about the action.

It isn\’t necessary to see this film in 3D but if you\’re going to don the glasses for any film this month then this is the one. With a budget of reportedly over $400 million you can imagine how impressive the special effects are.

In fact the enthralling battles between the Autobots and the Deceptacons are so well realised that the live action scenes are at times a little bit interfering and dull. The only human you do care about is Shia LeBeouf who once again holds the film together with his charismatic performance. Whether you like him or not off screen – this kid proves yet again he has serious movie star chops.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley doesn\’t fare as well. Yes she succeeds in looking absolutely stunning on film but she doesn\’t have much of a chance to prove she can do much else. Carly is a less then a one dimensional character; and Huntington-Whitely is stuck as the damsel in distress when you have a feeling she could do so much more.

Whether Bay has meant this film in earnest or as a tongue in cheek parody of his own directing style and the expectations of the target teenage male audience, his intentions are unclear.

Nevertheless Transformers: Dark of the Moon is exciting mindless entertainment. It looks good and is well crafted. It has action, laughter, and romance in all the right places and it\’s definitely worth seeing on the big screen. As long as you\’re not looking to learn more then a few karate moves the new Transformers movie is every bit the blockbuster that you\’re expecting it to be.

In cinemas now.


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