I've always been a huge fan of the Transformers films since they started coming out though I've admittedly never been interested in the cartoon or comics. So the first one came out and I respected it for what it was. The story did the best it possibly could with a movie about robots. The character development was eh but the special effects were amazing. Also, that was my first introduction to Megan Fox. We will revisit that in a little bit. She seems to be a topic of debate. So then the second one came out. If you were looking for a great film that wasn't going to be it, but neither was the first Transformers. If you can say it was than you're crazy. Visually, there are very few films better. That is the case with the second and third Transformers films. The second in my opinion was a very enjoyable film. It went by so smoothly that I didn't realize how long it actually was. I have heard for some people that the time dragged by, but this my review, site.. The story was a good addition. Although the characters weren't really developed much more from the first film, I still felt an emotional attachment with Sam and Mikaela. Of course there were dumb aspects of that film. (See: The cover up the government did of the events in the first film and robot heaven). I recently caught up with the Scream franchise. There's an OBVIOUS drop off from the first two films to the third. Why? One man's name: Ehren Krueger. The guy adds these zingers to his stories that are poorly done and his 'creativity' flies in the face of reality. It's no surprise that anymore it's easy to pick out some of his lines. I loved Scream 4 but you could tell Ehren Krueger lines. Yesterday, I rewatched Transformers 2 and picked out some of his re-writes. It was pretty easy. After watching Scream 3, it was no wonder my enthusiasm dropped when I re watched it.
As we're all aware of, Megan Fox was pretty much dismissed from her role and they brought in Carly (some no named actress I'm too lazy to research). Let me get this straight: Everyone's problem with Megan Fox was she couldn't act. THIS ONE IS WORSE. The only difference is the character development for Mikaela (as crappy as it was) still had me feeling something towards her character. It might not have been a lot but it was SOMETHING. I was hoping Carly was killed by a decepticon every time she was on the screen! In fact, I was hoping the majority of the characters were killed off in this film including Sam. They did absolutely NO character development in this film.
Visually the film still is amazing. If you're going to see a visually stunning film by Michael Bay, this is it. I don't know how anyone can take that away from the guy. He's a visionary with these sorts of films. But that's all. The story is horrible and makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. So let me do this without spoilers. The third film contradicts the first film. The third film contradicts the second film. The third film's main antagonist's motives make no sense at all. It could be gathered that Batman (yes, Batman) could beat one of the Decepticon's. I can keep going and going with it. Throughout all of this there's Frances McDormand (amazing on the screen), John Malkovich (underutilized),John Turturro (underutilized), and Ken Jeong. I'm not saying anything about Ken Jeong because quite frankly I'm getting tired of him. I mean, hell even the ending makes no sense at all.
So the film is missing a writer, a certain Fox, and a story. By far, the worst Transformers film to date;however, what I was to expect? It was wrote by the man who gave us the extravagant film known as Scream 3.
Great Film: D+
Enjoyable Film: C-