I’ll start off by saying that I absolutely LOVE Transformers. I not only love the live action films, I also love the G1 cartoon, Beast Wars, Beast Machines, and even the recent Transformers Prime. I love buying the toys and transforming them over and over again, and then displaying them proudly in my display cabinet. And with that cred, I shall now declare that Transformers: Dark of the Moon is one of the best movies I’ve seen in my life.
Director Michael Bay returns for his third Transformers flick, and brings along all the explosive action that he is famous for. Dark of the Moon has plenty of action scenes with cars, guns, and everything you are familiar with if you have already seen the previous two Transformers. The Autobots (good Transformers) and the Decepticons (bad Transformers) battle it out in some of the most breathtaking action sequences ever to grace cinema, and some Transformers will die in brutal situations.
Shia Lebouf reprises his role as Sam, and now he is all grown up and looking for his first job. He meets up with the John Malkovich character, who is mostly there for comedic effect. Speaking of comedic effect, Ken Jeong (whom you may recognise from The Hangover and Community) plays one of Sam’s colleagues. I still don’t find Ken Jeong to be funny, but judging from the laughter all around me, there are people that do.
Tough guys Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson return to deliver lots of hard-hitting military action, and they definitely have more impact on this story than in Revenge of the Fallen. Speaking of Revenge of the Fallen, Sam’s roommate is not in this movie, and all the toilet humour that came with him have disappeared as well. Patrick Dempsey shows up in a pivotal role, and he is probably the best actor of the entire cast. Sam’s parents are in a couple of scenes, and they look like they want their own spin-off.
If you are wondering why Megan Fox isn’t in the movie trailer, that’s because she isn’t in the movie at all. She is replaced by Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and this new babe is actually pretty good. She has a cute British accent, and her name being Carly is a good nod to the G1 cartoon. Just don’t put me on the spot by asking me to choose between Megan Fox and RHW, I don’t want to become Bella Swan.
Humans aside, we are here to see the robots, or the (sing it) robots – in – disguise! Peter Cullen and Hugo Weaving are once again the voices of Optimus Prime and Megatron respectively, and both their voices are always awesome to listen to. Megatron appears less in this installment and doesn’t really do anything that affects the plot, which left me a little puzzled but didn’t downgrade my overall enjoyment of the film.
Bumblebee still talks using lines from his radio, and audiences who missed the first Transformers will be left out as to why Bumblebee is such a big deal. If you went to the recent Botcon, then you may have already seen the scene where Bumblebee transforms while Sam is still in the car. These new stunts that the Transformers are pulling off certainly took me by surprise, and needless to say, all the CGI you see in the Transformers films are the best in the business.
Frank Welker, a name sacred to long-time Transformers fans, voices the menacing Shockwave. He is the Decepticon with a single red eye, and controls a gigantic tentacle machine which you can catch a glimpse of in the movie trailer. I don’t think it’s a spoiler when I say the humans and the Autobots will be teaming up to battle the Decepticons, and I like that the humans have come up with new innovative ways to kill these evil robots. I was also glad that the Decepticons finally have some sort of organisation among them rather than just walking around like zombies.
There are many new Transformers in Dark of the Moon, including a few Autobots with funny accents. The new Transformer of importance is Sentinel Prime, the leader of the Autobots before Optimus took command. He is voiced by Leonard Nimoy, who previously voiced Galvatron in the 1986 Transformers animated feature, but most people know him simply as Spock from Star Trek. There are a few references to Star Trek in this film, and it’s the little things like these that make the fanboys happy.
If anything was missing from this film, it would be a fight between Optimus and Megatron. The confrontations between the two leaders of the two Transformers factions have always been the most exciting moments in any incarnation of the Transformers. In Dark of the Moon, they hardly had any interaction at all! Also, why weren’t there any combiners in this film. It would have been cool to see some of the robots join together to form a bigger robot like we saw in Revenge of the Fallen. I also didn’t see any female Transformers but whatever.
In the end, I got what I wanted and perhaps even more. When the credits rolled and “Iridescent” by Linkin Park started to play, the feeling I had was the same feeling as when I first saw Transformers back in 2007. Forget Harry Potter, Transformers is the film franchise for this generation of kids, and I’m proud to be one of those kids.