'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' Review By Corey W.

Spectacular action! Michael Bay creates demolition derby warfare that'll rock your mind!
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After the undistinguished sequel to the 2007 hit, Revenge of the Fallen changed the way I looked at these famous Hasbro toys. In all honesty, its surprising that I even gave Dark of the Moon a shot in the first place. Shame on me, however, for ever looking down on this film during production. Michael Bay has really outdone himself this time around making this third and final installment to the hit trilogy the best of them all! How did these corny toys from the 1980s become such a phenomenon? Alien robots transforming into vehicles? It may sound lame, but over the past few years I've seen it as no less than awesome. The trilogy may have hit a curb with its middle piece, but the beginning and end is enough for me to admit that it has been one fun, explosive ride.

It wasn't the spectacular looking visuals from the trailers that made me want to forgive Bay's work on Revenge of the Fallen, it was the tone. Dark of the Moon looked as if it'd be taking itself much more seriously than the first two as a way to go out with a dark bang. While the film does have that ridiculous humor that I still find unnecessary and over-the-top for these flicks, it doesn't play out as bad as it did last time. Dark of the Moon is the darkest of the series and it really helped build the intensity up to its epic, jaw-dropping warfare conclusion.

I found the first few scenes with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to be very funny in my own mindset. It almost felt as if Michael Bay was trying to send Megan Fox a message that pretty much meant: "See, I really don't need you. I have someone much hotter now." I also found it funny when one of the robots was speaking of Mikaela's character and called her a bitch. They really made her character seem horrible here where in the past two movies you could see a decent connection between her and Sam. I mean, how else would they get rid of the character though? It was surely better than just killing her off. But, it felt more like the way they were treating Mikaela's disappearance was more of a "F*ck you, Megan" from Michael Bay. Well, we couldn't of expected a happy farewell to the character, could we? I'm actually surprised the film didn't open with a funeral.

There are only two little things that really bothered me when watching Dark of the Moon. It doesn't compare to the countless number of issues I had with Revenge on the Fallen, so I treated this sequel much more fairly. Here are the two small problems that I couldn't get over from the film:

1) Dark of the Moon can be a little complex with its large plotline that only breaks off into more side plots. I was able to give my full attention and follow the film, but with three different things going on at once--including the massive action sequences--its hard not to have a headache when walking out. Why does it all need to be so complicated? Sure, Revenge of the Fallen did fail for its lack of plot, but Michael Bay tried to squeeze in a lot this time around. But things should be a little more simpler for a summer movie like this. There is the good...and there is the bad. All of the other nonsense felt just a little too out of place.

2) Transformers: Dark of the Moon offers some of the best action sequences I've seen on the big screen, but that clearly isn't the issue. The issue I had is how much Bay stretches out some of the action just to make the film longer. You are enjoying the film throughout, eyes glazed by what your seeing, but once it gets to Chicago's ultimate showdown, the explosions never stop and your just waiting for Optimus Prime to end the movie with his narrative farewell. A good 15 minutes could have been shaved off the end, but luckily the 3D keeps you in tact and happy.

The over-the-top, too-silly humor does still annoy me a little, but I can't admit it as a problem because in Dark of the Moon, its actually funny. As pointless as John Malkovich is here, his character still opens up with one hilarious scene. Nothing ever gets as horrific as Sam's mom getting high as a kite, (You suck, Revenge of the Fallen) but the humor can still be a little misplaced for a summer action movie, like Ken Jeon's character for example was just a little badly written.

The dialogue is pretty dreadful too, but once the action kicks in (well, its always on) you don't even care about what the people are saying. I can admit that I liked Rosie as Carly much more than I did Megan Fox as Mikaela. Rosie may not be the finest female actor, but she is certainly better than Megan Fox is. To take her side again, Rosie doesn't even get a chance to really show any skill here where actors just need to know how to scream and their all good for the cut. On IMDB she isn't set for any future films, but I'd really like to see her open up an acting career and see how she'd do in other movies.

In the beginning of the movie, a lot of real footage from 1969 and the Apollo lift-off is used. Michael Bay masterly crafts footage of JFK, Neil Armstrong, and others and pieces them in to make the "Top-Secret" cover-up storyline that involves an Autobots' spacecraft known as the Arc. Clearly none of it is true, but Michael Bay does an outstanding job make it all seem true for the sack of the plot. If it wasn't for the visuals or awesome shots, that would have been his greatest achievement from this movie.

The visuals are, of course, fantastic. What helps kick in a little extra juice to make it even more awesome is the 3D. This is the best 3D experience I've had yet, even better than Avatar. One scene that stood-out for me the most was when some of the characters were parachuting out of a helicopter. It looked awesome, to say the least. Shots of all the demolished buildings helped make it one epic little moment. I'll say it again, Bay you have really outdone yourself. The color, the explosions, the expensive action--Michael Bay has crafted demolition derby to the fullest!

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Written by Corey Wood

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Comments (55)

  1. Corey W.

    @summit10 Thanks man. I agree on Bay.

    4 years agoby @coreyFlag

  2. Summit10

    very good points and well agreed, it was a overly done plotline and to make it worse dialogue was terrible! Even the fact that they did manage to put Ken's character in the mix but still made its way to act as connect the dots in order for the story to flow.

    Very intensive on Megan and Rosie who Michael Bay did "USE" to make a statement that she can hit the road! It was a headache, He sees everything as collateral damage and needs to be blown up just ot get what he wants...oh sorry I might get fired hehehe! Awesome review sir!

    4 years agoby @summit10Flag

  3. Monkeyiron 2.0

    @corey another Fine review dude and I admit I do like ROTF. I know what's wrong me but I liked for the action and for it's 30 sec pot comedy. But I do agree that It was a little racist and immature (Wheelie being the Immature part and Mudflap and Skids being the sterotypical Wiggers as the racist) but I simply ignore that part to get in and actually liked the story. And before you say what stroy! well after watching that movie like 101 times..the plot was Sam is going to college to try and get a normal life but a encient egypitian Decepticon named the Fallen wants Sam's brain to get a knowledge of the energon source. I do agree with you that this is the best out of all three of the movies because it's darker and it's alittle more mature than the other two. So Once again great review

    4 years agoby @Monkey-ironFlag

  4. Corey W.

    @skywise Well, you just did comment technically :P

    4 years agoby @coreyFlag

  5. Corey W.

    @yahzee I'm seeing this again tonight! Whoopie!

    4 years agoby @coreyFlag

  6. Yahzee

    Great review. I Actually share many points with what you said. I gotta see the film again, this time in 3D

    4 years agoby @yahzeeFlag

  7. skywise

    @corey Another fine review. Keep up the good work.

    Havnt seen TF yet so i dont want to comment on your review just yet.

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  8. Corey W.

    @narrator@moviegeek Shia and Paige? That would be fantastic chemistry! I saw Shia last night on Jimmy Kimmil Live and his video with Selena Gomez and what he was say about Beiber was hilarious!

    4 years agoby @coreyFlag

  9. Corey W.

    @bawnian-dexeus Yeah, Eminem is great. Kind of a jerk to some though but thats why I love him.

    4 years agoby @coreyFlag

  10. Nicholaus XX

    @corey -- Outstanding review, man.

    4 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  11. moviegeek

    @narrator Exactly! I knew you were a quick learner ;)

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  12. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @corey "Bay can make an awesome movie....still don't like the guy though :P"

    Haha, that's how I feel about Eminem at times. He can make a great song but I don't like him as a person or something like that.

    Anyways, great review. Mine's on the way.

    @diaigma You know it's funny how Transfallen was my first review, and when I look at it, it looks as bad as the film. I'm making DOTM review redeem that old mistake.

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  13. the Narrator

    @diaigma, lucky man! Hope you enjoy it.

    @zanyzap - What can I say? Monkey see monkey do... only, in my case, replace "monkey" with "amazingly awesome and handsome guy", and you'll get what I'm saying. Lol. Anyways, hope you let your brain go, and have yourself a good time.

    @moviegeek, so what you're saying is... you'll only agree with me, when you agree with me?? Lol.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  14. ZanyZap

    @narrator: You dog. :P But you are correct in that statement.
    @corey: As I've told a few others, I'll read your review and ALL the comments after I review it myself, which should be late tonight or tomorrow afternoon. 8:15 showing!

    4 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  15. moviegeek

    @narrator the only time i'll agree with you is when you agree with me. :)

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  16. Diaigma

    @narrator - lol! I just looked up showtimes for tomorrow. There's a perfect window in that exact order. 5 hours at the cinema, here I come! :D

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  17. the Narrator

    @moviegeek, well you know, Smith and LaBeouf had good screen time in iRobot. I'd love to see a reunion. And Page and LaBeouf sound like a great pair. Nice!

    And you will come to agree with me. You just don't know it yet. Muahahaha... ahhah... ah.. eh?

    @diaigma, definitely. Though, I suggest you watch Bayformers first and Super 8 second. You'll appreciate them better in that order, I believe. You'll definitely like '8.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  18. moviegeek

    @narrator@corey Or maybe with someone like Will Smith or Jamie Foxx. They've got swagger and he'd be all frantic. Ha.

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  19. RojoDiablo

    Good to know how well done the 3D is in this film, I guess this will be my next 3D movie after watching Tron :Legacy last year and loving it!

    4 years agoby @rojodiabloFlag

  20. moviegeek

    @narrator I like my opinion thanks :)

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  21. moviegeek

    @narrator@corey Ya, the kid has got great comic wit and timing. I could see him starring alongside a more deadpan comic like Steve Carrell or Will Ferrell. I could also see him with someone younger but with not as commanding of a presence. . . Michael Cera (I'm not a fan really). Ellen Page and Shia LaBeouf! Now THAT would be some good comedy.

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  22. Diaigma

    @narrator - good to know. Maybe I'll make a double feature of it. Two Spielberg produced films in a day, eh? :P

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  23. the Narrator

    @moviegeek, you know you want to agree with me. ;) I'm a very convincing type of guy, and as @zanyzap mentioned, if you agree with me, you're right. :P

    And yeah, Shia needs to star in a decent comedy. Possibly one starring alongside another comic talent. Thoughts?

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  24. Corey W.

    @moviegeek I agree. Him in a comedy would be perfection. I saw him on The Late Show last week. It was hysterical.

    4 years agoby @coreyFlag

  25. moviegeek


    "everyone praising the film is totally overstuffing it, and everyone knocking it has yet to give me a fair argument of its strengths, leading me to believe they hated the film before they saw it."

    "...and then there's me with my 4.0 creating the divine balance amongst these simpletons." LOL. You crack me up ;)

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  26. moviegeek

    @narrator Yeaaa... Tatum sucks lol. Shia is a really talented actor and he is actually hilarious. I've seen lots of behind-the-scenes footage of him cracking jokes and ad-libbing. He needs to star in a comedy.

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  27. Corey W.

    @narrator They were in a movie together? What?! I'm gonna have to look that one up...

    I only liked Tatum in The Eagle. That was a great flick. Underrated.

    4 years agoby @coreyFlag

  28. the Narrator

    @corey, how dare you mention that mans name next to Shia's. Lol. But they did star in A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints, and they both did well there, so lol. Still, Shia's on a whole other league than that pretty boy. :P

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  29. Corey W.

    @narrator I don't hate him either. lol. He's a great actor. I prefer him in a flick over Tatum anyday!

    4 years agoby @coreyFlag