May 10, 2012
TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON (2011)
If most of the girls go crazy about “The Twilight Saga” (2008-2012), I think it’s totally OK if the boys have their own toys as well! All the boys need is insanely super cool robots and sexy girls. Thiz one is the third movie following “Transformers” (2007) and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (2009). The story still revolves around Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) and his new super sexy girlfriend Carly Spencer (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley). Thiz time, they have to uncover the mysterious origins of Autobots and Decepticons which later take them to a hidden fact when Apollo 11 landed on dark side of the moon 42 years ago. The movie featuring a real hero, the second person ever to walk on the moon, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin. The Director is still Michael Bay. I aware that Michael Bay always has a young spirit in all of his movies, even in his war movie like “Pearl Harbor” (2001). But I also have to say most of his movies are always filled with exaggerated brainless actions and comically overacted characters like in “Bad Boys” (1995), “The Rock” (1996) and “Armageddon” (1998). If it’s not because of Steven Spielberg’s involvement as Executive Producer that contributes lots of technical elements, I think that thiz movie would have been easily forgotten. Yes, the detail of Special Effects is incredible. It’s very clear that the main attraction is on its robots. The Autobots consists of Bumblebee, Ironhide, Ratchet, Sideswipe, Dino, Brains, Wheelie and the leader Optimus Prime. They are back in action to fight for freedom. And the villainous side named Decepticon consists of Starscream, Shockwave, Soundwave, Laserbeak and the leader Megatron. All of them still dream of tyranny. The robots are voiced by some well-known Actors such as Hugo Weaving as Megatron and Star Trek’s Mr. Spock, Leonard Nimoy as Sentinel Prime. Thiz is one of the very rare cases which the robots have better performances than the human Actors. All actors are drawn to be unnecessary comical characters without exception, including John Malkovich, Patrick Dempsey, John Turturro, Frances McDormand, Ken Jeong and Tyrese Gibson. The model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has the same color of lipstick and hair, it doesn’t mean that she can instantly replace Megan Fox’s character. As you can see, she is there only to provide the visual pleasure, not acting. Julie White repeats her overacted performance as Sam’s mother, thiz is one of the ugliest actings you will ever see. Sam’s character is not lovable at all. I don’t know what Shia LaBeouf thinks when he delivers such a character. Sam is just a jerk with amazingly gorgeous girlfriend beside him. He looks so cocky and egoistic by always yelling and swearing during the entire film. It comes to my mind, maybe they need to get rid all of the human characters in next films, and let the robots deal with their own conflicts, just like what we had in original animated TV series “The Transformers” in 1984 to 1987. Thiz movie has shown that’s one step back for the Actors and one giant leap for the robots.
Stars : 5/10
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