Well another summer movie season means another event film released to the masses. If you aren’t familiar with the term”event film” well let us say that it is the most hotly contested, eagerly awaited movie of the summer. While Transformers 3 may not be “the” event film of the summer, it is surely one of the largest releases of the year next to the final Harry Potter movie. Transformers has had a storied career, with a stellar first release and then the terrible, almost downright offensive second film “Revenge of the Fallen”, there is a lot of scorn and intrigue that the third installment of the robots in disguise series has for fans.
In some ways we know what to expect with the third movie. More explosions, more action, more everything, and in some ways that is a good and bad thing. I will admit, I liked the first movie, a lot even. It had robots wrecking shit, robots transforming, an interesting relationship between a boy and his car, and Peter Cullen bring my childhood to life with his reprisal of Optimus Prime. I will ignore the scenery chewing acting, yawn inducing actors Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, and the juvenile mentality of Michael Bay. I got a solid action movie that was entertaining and brought to life something as children, we have only seen in cartoons. The second movie, crushed my childhood. The action scenes were a mess, you couldn’t tell what was happening, LaBeouf and Fox were annoying again, the characters from the previous movie are now stereotypes and caricatures of their previous incarnation and even more adolescent fantasies of how women are portrayed in movies and racists looking robots. It was like he polled a group of 12-year-old kids, sharing a copy of Maxim magazine and drinking Mountain Dew, about what they want in the next movie. It was atrocious to say the least.
So now we come to the third installment of the series. At a staggering two and a half hours, I knew I was in for a long, action packed, 3-D film. I am interested in whether Bay was able to learn from his mistakes of the second movie and deliver us a better paced, action filled, all thrill no frill movie. Well with a Lord of the Rings like running time, it damn well better deliver.
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