Rating: 2.25 of 5
I almost don’t want to say anything nice about it, by virtue of it being Transformers. But there are good things in this movie that can’t entirely be ignored.
Like Alan Tudyk!
And I liked Sam’s storyline of wanting significance in his life and how do you go back to ordinary life after having experienced and endured extraordinary things. That was a great story element to introduce, unfortunately, they played it a couple of times but never carried it through to any sort of transformation for him or any real resolution (being immersed in another big fight doesn’t count).
Other than that, none of the characters had any sort of arc, or characterization or really anything.
But the music was awesome. Steve Jablonski truly is a master.
And slow motion made the transformations of the robots much more stunning because it made it easier to follow the action. You could nearly build a whole movie around that sound effect and they use (and, yes, they essentially did).
But the end sequence went on way too long without any real logistic purpose and the first twenty minutes could have been edited out seamlessly.
This actually had the possibility of being a half way decent movie, from the humans in addition to the cgi characters. But except for a few bright spots, it really wasn’t.