In 2009, a sequel to the 2007, film Transformers, was released in theaters, it became a commercial success, but it received negative reviews from audiences, fans and critics alike. It went on to earn a Razzie Award for Worst Picture.
Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, was released in 2011, just like its predecessors, it became a commercial success yet again, and the first Transformers movie to earn $1 billion at the box office. However, the film received mixed reviews from critics.
The third Installment was the last film to feature Shia LeBeouf as Sam Whitwicky until Mark Whalberg replaced him in the fourth and fifth films.
As a reminder for my other articles I’ve written about the other Transformers films, I’m currently spreading the word for anybody who wants to see The Last Knight, I suggest you start watching the 2007 version of Transformers along with its sequels if you wish to see the fifth installment.
This article contains big SPOILERS. Read at your own risk!
Positive: The Opening starts out strong with Sentinel Prime crashing landing on the moon.
The Special Effects were spectacular along with the 3-D effects.
Action Sequences were bigger and amazing. Especially The Big Climatic Battle.
Peter Cullen, Hugo Weaving, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Frances McDormand, Leonard Nimoy, did a decent job on their performances.
Fun Fact: Leonard Nimoy also voiced Galvatron (Megatron reincarnated) in the 1986 version of Transformers. He’s also related to Michael Bay.
Soundwave, my character from the whole series, finally gets to be in the battleground.
Like the previous two entries, Linkin Park contributed to the soundtrack with the song “Iridescent.”
Buzz Aldrin has a cameo appearance.
Bumblebee quotes a line from Tommy Boy.
Sentinel Prime kills Ironhide. I gasped. I’d didn’t see it coming.
Negative: The Annoying Parents once again return.
Bumblebee’s normal voice has been absent. Does anybody remember the ending of the first movie when he gets his voice back? Ignoring continuity again aren’t you Bay?
Sam’s girlfriend, Carly is introduced for the first time, by showing us viewers in her underwear. Really Michael Bay? You are such as man child.
The Lack of Chemistry between Sam & Carly, it felt like the romance from the previous films all over again.
No Personal Development for Sam or Carly.
John Malkovich plays Sam’s boss, who doesn’t connect to the story. I bet Malkovich owed his kids a favor to be in this movie.
Ken Jeong’s character, Jerry Wang, takes his pants off in front of Sam. Seriously! This ain’t The Hangover!
One Michael Bay’s many fetishes is the use of Product Placement or Pee Pee for short.
Dutch Angles are used often. Hasn’t anybody seen Battlefield Earth? The multiple Razzie Winning film that killed John Travolta’s career twice. Take notes Hollywood!
Megatron was slacking off throughout the Climatic Battle until he fights one on one with Optimus Prime. The Final Battle between them was incredibly short. Not kidding VERY SHORT like a Happy Meal order not the Super Size order that you wanted to enjoy.
The Final Verdict: C as in Confounded.
Dark Of The Moon was better than Revenge Of The Fallen, its not on the same level as the 1986 & 2007 versions of Transformers. If Bay and the producers learn to take much of the feedback and criticism from the previous films, we coulda gotten a much better follow up.