Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Monday, September 26 th, 2016 at 00:09 am 

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

JOY REVIEW

This one is certainly better than the second Transformers. It’s probably not quite as good as the first one, just because the first one was brand new. And I’ve got to tell you, watching those Transformer trucks turn into monsters is just thrilling. I don’t care how old you are, Hasbro has a really good idea. And, of course, this is the movie that’s based on a toy. Yay! Okay, well at least it’s not an amusement park ride. The first 15 minutes of the movie are really spell binding because they use archival and newsreel footage from the 60s. The footage implies that the reason we went to the moon was because there were alien space ships that landed there and we went to see what was going on; pretty darn interesting.  So who knows if it’s true?  Probably not, but then the aliens and the Decepticons and all these other characters come on the stage and you have to be a fan boy to keep track of all of this.  On top of that, this movie is long (2 hours and 35 minutes long) and it is also very noisy. It’s not only that you’re not going to be able to figure out exactly what or whom the good hunks of metal are from the bad hunks, but they change status as well. But not to worry- it is fun, it is noisy, Shia LaBeouf is turning into not only a good actor, but a hunky guy, and this movie is very smart in that is has some seriously good actors that are involved in it. Kevin Dunn and Julie White play Shia’s parents. Ken Jeong, who was such a hit in Hangover 1 and such a disaster in Hangover 2, plays a scientist. There are also some conspiracy theories here and I think the movie probably could have been a little shorter and a little less paranoid, but I’m sort of whining about it. There was a huge buzz at the end of it. You can always tell that the audience liked the movie when there’s all this noise at the end, and not only applause but in the lobby as people are sitting around talking about it. Allen Tudyk, who’s one of my favorite actors, plays sort of an aide- de-camp to John Malkovich playing his usual weird self; Francis McDormand plays the head of the CIA. So, this is a really fun movie!  Tyrese Gibson, of course, comes along to be gorgeous and John Turturro plays the Dr. Strangelove character and Josh Duhamel plays a hunk. This is a really fun movie and for what it is, I’d give it four stars. I think you’ll have a great time!

JOY METER