Last week I went to see Michael Bay’s latest instalment of the Transformers franchise and the first thing I have to say it quite possibly could have been the best Transformers film Bay has done, but Revenge of the Fallen was better.
So the first good thing about this film was the beginning of the film that showed dinosaurs which then references on to the Dinobots which were revealed I think last year ad SDCC, but I could be wrong about that, and also what looks like Cybertronian space craft on Earth as well, but there was also a bad point because it was a short scene and it didn’t really tell the audience that much which even though it is good build up technique it lead up to quite a disappointment.
The next good thing for me was actually a thing that bugged the hell out me the last trilogy and that were the human characters. As the main lead protagonist in this film Mark Walburgh did an amazing job over Shia LeBouf, his seems we’re really good either being the lone parent scenes with his daughter and the seems he has in the last act with Stanley Tucci, he was a lot stronger of a character and I hope that he is going to be in the next films, but maybe more as a minor which I’ll explain more in me bad points section. The next actor I liked in the film was Kelsey Grammer, he was a brilliant antagonist in the film, he was dark, mysterious and acted really well. It also seemed like a complete flipside to characters that I’ve seen him play minus Sideshow Bob, he was a really good antagonist and he played the part well. And the we get to the Tucci, in all retrospect his character is basically what I wished John Malkovich character was like in Dark of the Moon, he was funny and had quite a few good moments in the film and was a neutral character in the end.
Finally the point that I like was that it did have a lot of links into the original Transformers, the first being the dinobots and then the Gen 1 design for Optimus in the beginning of the movie. The next didn’t happen till I think later in the film when Optimus asked Lockdown who sent him there and he replied his creator which I then instantly thought the Quintesons who appeared in the original Transformers film and through season 3 of the show and there it was revealed that they created the original Transformers, so I’m really hoping that Bay does do the next film set around Cybertron.
With all films from this franchise it spends way to long focusing on both a human protagonist/antagonist story line, and with the show they did have human protagonists but a lot of the time they were helping the Autobots like the time when Spike and Carly went to Cybertron to find materials to help repair the Autobots, they were never centrally focused a major episode or arc for themselves or were a nuisance. Even the antagonist weren’t a problem because they were generally evil anyway because they were villains. So for the next film I’m hoping for a limited number of human story in the film.
The next thing I thought was bad about the film was the fact that it did rather steal an idea from Avatar buy having a element and giving it a really stupid name like Unobtainium, but with this film it was called Transformium which is in my view a really stupid name, a name like Cybertroinum seem to be a better name since they come from Cybertron.
The final thing that I thought was bad about the film was the new Decepticon transformation where it looks like the get split up into particles and then transform into their different forms, I really didn’t see the need for this decision because it looks so terrible, there was nothing wrong with the original transformation mechanics and hopefully it will be rectified in the next film.
The dinobots for me were a real hit and miss. When I saw the designs for them I was really disappointed about them, they looked unlike dinosaurs and they could have just adapted from the original designs which would have been a lot better for the fan base who grew up watching the originals or played the Fall on Cybertron game. So I hope that there may be better designed transformers in the future.
Overall the film did go over well with me but there were a few plot holes in the film, my biggest one was when did Optimus get a Jetpack, no where in the film did it show him either getting new parts upgrade like in Revenge of the Fallen/Dark of the Moon he just has it. It still bothers me but I have to get over it.
My overall score of the film 7/10 it was decent but the human stories and Dinobots design did ruin it for me.