Taking a Deep Look at Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Of the big box office films this summer, Transformers: Dark of the Moon has taken its place as one of the best 3-D adventures of the season and rightly so.  While the first two films were nothing short of disappointing (despite box office success), this third installment in the series has been a welcome addition to the saga of good vs. evil in the fight for the freedom that the evil Decepticons want to take away from Autobots and humans alike.  With a new female lead and some witty and even brilliant acting done by the bots themselves, this film is worth every penny of the additional 3-D charge.

The action is amazing in Dark of the Moon.  The 3-D aspect of the film is really played up in the first 20 minutes of the film and then continues throughout the film to add fantastic effects that include flying bits of Chicago that look as though they just might collide with your head.  You might even duck once or twice during this film.  The 3-D scenes on the moon are incredibly well done and a true joy to watch.  Bay really has outdone himself this time around and some of his 3-D work rivals films such as Avatar.

What about the acting in the film?  Well, let's face it – the bots do a better job of it than the “real” actors much of the time.  Yes, these giant toys that can change into motor vehicles have been given real personalities and a script that has them uttering lines that rival the great lines from actors such as Clint Eastwood and Arnold Schwarzenegger.  These true gems are a welcome change from the often overdone acting of the live actors and actresses, but then again I guess off the screen the bots don't have egos to maintain.  The new female lead takes on her role and does it nicely.  Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has been cast as the replacement for Megan Fox, who played more of a mercenary role in the previous films.  In contrast, Huntington-Whiteley plays a confident albeit objectified woman who could easily be made more macho with a few tweaks of her character; more macho yet still adorable and even lovable.

So what are the negatives of Dark of the Moon?  The biggest one would have to be the humour, or should it be said the sorry attempt at comic relief that has been injected into the film.  Frances McDarmond does a fine job in her role as the snappy bureaucrat throughout the film, but the two Johns – that would be Malkovich and Turturro – leave a lot to be desired and their humour can be readily accepted and appreciated by none other than a fourteen-year-old boy.  Fortunately, the rest of the film makes up for this obvious and sad attempt to create an atmosphere of comedic relief that has fallen far short of its goal.

In the end, what is there to say about Transformers: Dark of the Moon other than it is a brilliant 3-D display of pure genius that is only dragged down slightly by poor humour and overdone acting in some scenes.  The visual effects and the battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons are certainly worth the time and money and it is definitely a summer film that will not leave one disappointed.  In the end, while humanity struggles to fight with the Autobots in the fight for freedom, we can see that this time Bay has truly outdone himself and created one of the best action flicks of the year.