Monday, November 14, 2011

Transformers 3

Simply dreadful; but at least the price was right. ;-)

What was always aggravating about the other two was how...well "good" might be a bit strong, but, acceptable the movies were outside of their human performances.  When it was robots beating each other up they were pretty entertaining.  Michael Bay seemed to realize this and puzzled over how to fix this oversight, so for the third one he gave the humans stronger, more prominent roles, rather just serving as padding between robot battles (and it wasn't to cheap out on robot action as there's plenty of that too).

In hindsight, it seems like Transformers 3 may have been the one of the three that Bay put the most work into making 'good', but in the process he forced in more of what it made the Transformer movies awful: awful characters, awful acting, and awful dialog.  It's odd since the Optimus Prime character from the movies is so much more complex than the cartoons as he has a strong sense of duty and stability, but a horrible, seemingly arbitrary, temper that results in him dispensing foes in a violent fashion.  Odd that a CGI robot can so solidly out-act the flesh bags that occupy the screen; even more odd that Bay didn't realize this and solidly dump the humans for robots.

2 comments:

Marty Plumbo said...

Hmmm, sounds interesting. Maybe I should finally get around to seeing the Transformer movies - I hear there's a matinee on BitTorrent.

Evil Sandmich said...

I was feeling in the money, so I sprang for the night time torrent :-)

When watching them, the trick is whenever you see a scene with just people, hit the fast forward button until there is a robot over one foot tall on the screen.