Paeter wrote:Thanks for posting your thoughts, Kris! I might use them on the show this weekend, since I knew I wouldn't be seeing this one.
I knew it! Did you know that I knew?
I'll throw in a couple of other tidbits:
The movie was kind of too long, in it's ending battle sequence in particular (which is why I mention that these still very cool action sequences will be more appreciable when taken in smaller doses).
The new female lead is pretty much entirely interchangeable with the main character's girlfriend from the first two movies, the only difference is that the name of the new girl, Carly, is the person Sam/Spike ends up with in the original animated show. It's almost as is Mikaela transformed
into Carly. In another sense, however, there is a scene where she interacts with one of the Transformers in a familiar way that would have worked better with the Mikaela character, so maybe they should have just re-cast for the character.
Leonard Nimoy does the voice of a new character, and the production team really geeked out, so you get the same voice saying some of Spock's most iconic dialogue in a new performance and context (this is in addition to many other little Spock related easter eggs sprinkled throughout the movie).
Michael Bay does kind of pull back a little from some of his usual excesses, no doubt because of backlash from the second Transformers movie. It's still definitely one of his movies, though. I would guess that any parents who are okay with their kids seeing the first
TF movie might find this third movie similarly acceptable (but, shouldn't take my word for it, but rather their own appraisal of the movie).
On a totally random note Frances McDormand manages with her performance to breath amazing life into a character that otherwise might have remained a lamentable caricature. Nice work there.