Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon Review

I'm going to start off by saying that I enjoyed both of the former Transformer's movies..the first more so than the second.  If you haven't seen it yet, you can check out my thoughts here.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (T3) is a ridiculously intense action movie.  If that's what you're looking for, you'll probably love it.  T3's action pieces are truly spectacular, with outstanding CGI work and some incredible camerawork.  Michael Bay has refined his action chops over the course of this trilogy and his handiwork absolutely shines in T3.  The replacement of Megan Fox with model Rosie Huntington-Whitely is a welcome change, as she instantly has more charm and character than Fox's Mikaela ever did.  Despite only meeting her for the first time in this movie, I actually bought Sam's and her relationship and it felt very real.  The main cast of the first two movies is back, both humans and Transformers.  Several new Autobots and Decepticons add to the already cool roster, with a handful of fantastic cameo performances from fantastic actors adding to the human element.

If you are looking for deep character development you won't find it here.  If you've seen the previous movies you should know what you're getting into.  While nothing is truly Oscar-worthy (except the visual effects and sound design) I feel that this is the strongest of the trilogy.  Its the funniest, most coherent (story-wise), and overall funnest of the three.  Yes, haters will hate..there are some minor plot holes and things that might leave you scratching your head, but at the end of the day I had a lot of fun with T3.  It is probably one of the best pure action films that I've seen in a very long time.  The third act is almost breathtaking in its scope and sheer insanity.

3D note:  I saw T3 twice, both in Imax 3D.  I'd highly recommend that combination to anyone who is okay with ponying up the extra dollars.  The crispness of the digital projection with this level of CG is absolutely gorgeous.  The 3D for the most part is subtle but effective.  It ranks, for me, in the higher-echelon of 3D films.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is unequivocally Radtastic.

The Bearded Bullet is rollin' out!

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