Last weekend our family went to see Transformers – dark of the moon. My 9 year old son likes the transformer movies so a day out together seemed like good way to start the weekend. Unfortunately the movie wasn’t as good as we’d hoped. Now my standards aren’t real high for this type of movie. It’s a fantasy and so implausible that you just have to go with the premise without too many questions. It would be silly to nit-pick a movie based on a robot war where the robots can change shape to any form and size, I mean how does a giant robot change to a small car? Where does all the metal go?
This movie however didn’t even reach my low standards. It was pure whining chaos. I don’t think two minutes of the entire film made any sense. While I’m no fan of the transformer concept the first film wasn’t too bad. But here the characters haven’t grown a bit. Shai Lebouef’s character Sam seems to have regressed in age, mental age anyway. He spends the whole time running around complaining about how he gets no credit for saving the world twice. Great hero?
Then there is the new girl, Rosie Alice Huntington-Whiteley who only attribute is a top lip that looks like she was repeatedly punched in the mouth. Look I don’t know who’s telling these Hollywood women that a fat lip is sexy but stop. Plus her character provided nothing to the movie.
With that said there are a couple high points. Ken Jeong plays a pretty funny part, but then is killed. Leonard Nimoy voices one of the Autobots with some references any Star Trek fan will recognize. Yeah that’s about all the good points I can think of.
Having said all that my son thought it was ok and we did have a good dinner afterwards. Even a bad movie is good with the family.