Well off to flicks did cynical old me go today!! And out come cynical old me even more cynical than ever!!!! It really is difficult at times in reviewing a movie like this as I feel as if I'm writing the same thing week in week out. Suffice to say if you have seen the first two movies then you have seen this the third instalment.
One thing that is different and which I am eternally grateful for is the fact the worst 'actress' of all time Megan Fox wasn't in this. She dropped out just as production started and here Shia LeBeouf gets English model Rosie Huntington-Whitely in Fox's place. Not in the same role thankfully as we learn that she has subsequently dumbed LeBeouf's character. So whew no appalling Megan Fox to agonise over! But we get someone just as bad I'm afraid! Whitely is the cliqued dumb blonde who is there as eye candy, and boy can she just NOT act!! It was embarrasing and I'm afraid a shot up her arse on a stairway with skimpy knickers on at the start is never going to make her an actress! Tight dresses want do it either I'm afraid Miss Whitely!! So straight off we are on the wrong foot with things sticking to the formula.
It is somewhat unfortunate that Transformers 3 also has a plot from the 1960's. I instantly had visions of the recent X-Men. Again we have JFK footage, and even some from the very naughty Mr. Nixon. The shot of JFK is lifted straight from Forrest Gump, and if you watch carefully right throughout there are many nods towards other movies. In one scene there is a neon sign with Tron, and one of the Decepticons is a robot version of Predator. You will catch them if you are quick enough and somewhat tounge in cheek. But by doing this I think Michael Bay has seriuosly shot himself in the foot because when the scene where the building is cut in half and topples is virtually lifted straight out of the awful Cloverfield.
And here we come to the crux of the problem. There is too much other movie stuff going on and all we get is a Transformers meets Cloverfield meets Battle : L.A meets Skyline hash/mash/spit out the end result. Sure the effects are great, and I will give credit where credit is due, but really it has been done before and I couldn't escape the feeling of deja vu. I was also feeling somewhat annoyed as there are several scenes of straight out wonten vandalisism. In one scene several Autobots beat up a Decepticon, throw him on a classic car ( nooooooooooo!! ), crushing it, and then boot it into a nearby diner. I mean it was just out and out vandalism and I just couldn't buy into that as entertainment. Sure the franchise is about big bangs entertainment but by this third outing I was sick of OUR cities being trashed by two warring alien races. Here it is Chicago's turn and it laid to waste. Sure, spectacular, but somehow it annoyed me that it was our planet being destroyed. God damn it robot alien thingies, if you want to fight go back home and do it!
Overall then this is like so many modern movies, it is just one too far. The first I will acknowledge, but its success lead to the inevitable sequel which made squillions which breed the yet again inevitable sequel. Unfortunately three is one too many and I think only serious Tranfsformer fans will gain anything from this. It is cliqued with some absolute clanger dialogue, and a really poor atempt at humour as LeBeouf goes through numerous job interviews. Honestly they are so bad as to be ridiculous. Does Bay seriously believe people act like than in job interviews???
I find this a hard one to gauge. I liked the graphics, but the acting was a joke and some of the human scenerios just stupid. Bay has tried to add in some nods to other movies but they mis-fire as they just remind us of the fact that Transformers 3 is little more than a re-run. Taking shots from Forrest Gump and Cloverfield was not a smart move and I think Bay made a terrible mistake by doing so. The action sequences are spectacular yes, but are virtual replays of the last two movies. And very much like Battle : L.A the in between scenes are poor with some terrible, terrible dialogue. ( Frances McDormand ran rings around the rest of the cast and showed them what real acting was in the process. If it wasn't for her then there would have been no credible acting at all! ). Bay makes the whole thing worse with a sentimental soundtrack that can't cover the fact he is trying to add a serious and credible tone to the movie. Unfortunately he makes a poor movie even worse by trying to do so.
In all honesty I think this is one for the fans alone. One too many that has nothing new and it is almost as if Michael Bay went out of his way to sabotage his own movie with some foolish lifting from other movies. I'm neutral on this one. It is a Transfomers movie and that is about it and probably one for fans alone. Luckily Bay has annouced this is his last Transformers movie. Lets hope the franchise goes away with him!!