Transformers : Dark of the moon is fast moving and is two movies in one. One of the two is the landing on the moon,this is fun while it lasts. Then there is the action-packed special effects finale,that is the Michael Bay film. The moon landing storyline could alone have been a great conspiracy theory movie,but instead its wasted on Hasbro toys.
Had it not been for the fact that Shia LaBeouf can spit out more useless dialogue than a hippie protesting Vietnam, he would be out of work. Seeing as though Michael Bay likes his actors running their hearts out and yelling meaningless lines. "Run, jump, the decepticons are back!!". This is all we see really happen between characters.
Their has been a lot of disappointment over the Megan Fox firing. However, her presence is not at all missed, Rosie Huntington-Whitely is a more than perfect replacement. She is even more pleasing to the eye than Fox ever could be, because the role really doesn't require much acting. In fact standing around as the world explodes around her, is exactly what Fox did, when she didn't have a mini-auto-bot humping her leg.
Transformers has more of a plot in it's third installment. This is good and it's bad , because as we reach the third act in the film we suddenly begin to see more action than necessary. This involves the new auto-bot ,sentinel prime, whose story is brief and yet meaningful all the same. This could be said about the addition of Agent Mearing, Frances McDormand, whose job is to tell the auto-bots what to do and when to do it.
However , as the new trend for summer blockbusters go McDormand is not the only addition. Both Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Shia LaBeouf get bosses in the form of Patrick Dempsay and John Malkovich respectively. Malkovich does what Malkovich does , provide comic relief in situations where it is needed. Needless to say that Patrick Dempsey is the ladies man and even upstages LaBeouf in his introductory scene.
Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, and John Turturro do what they have done in the last two films which is do a favor for uncle Sam when called upon. Kevin Dunn and Julie white who play the parents of Sam Whitwicky (Shia LaBeouf) appear to have taken a chill pill, and now show that playing with robots is mere child play no matter if the world be in harms way.
Transformers : Dark of the moon lacks the potential to actually be a great summer blockbuster. Which is strange considering the fact that it had more than enough material to use. The Writer ,Ehren Kruger, who has written everything from Reindeer Games to Blood and Chocolate shows that his writing is still in the amateur at best.
Dark of the Moon is a must for die-hard fans , but for the most part I recommend waiting until the Blu-ray is released. I left the theater with mixed feelings on weather or not I actually enjoyed it.