Aint it Cool News called it “the best entry in the Michael Bay –directed franchise”. Daily Mail Online editor Baz Bamigboye defended Megan Fox’s earlier appearances in the first two Transformers film and expressed his disapproval at Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s performance in Bay’s new film. He strictly states, “Huntington-Whiteley shows up in a figure-hugging, tighty-whitey dress but she’s all window dressing and doesn’t exactly excel at delivering her banal lines. Poor Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. She may be beautiful but she can’t act for toffee.” Neil Smith, online writer for Total Film doesn’t hesitate to point out Whiteley’s flaws, “British model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is awful – awful! – as LaBeouf’s new love interest, sucking the life out of every scene she appears in like some pneumatic Dyson sexbot.”
Shia LaBeouf returns as Sam Witwicky, the protagonist of both previous Transformer films. In this third movie, Earth faces a much more deadly force in the form of a robot invasion. Even our hero autobots, led by Optimus Prime, faces difficulty when suffering from the betrayal of humanity. The film succeeds in being a full blown action packed film but as many critiques have reported, the film is two and a half hours long and can leave watchers mentally exhausted.
New York Times Critic A.O. Scott states, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” is among Mr. Bay’s best movies and by far the best 3-D sequel ever made about gigantic toys from outer space.”
Top Critic, Justin Chang from Variety gives a positive response to Bay’s third installment, “Even as it showcases a new degree of directorial control, Dark of the Moon remains a live-action cartoon, more a delivery mechanism for testosterone and axle grease than a satisfying dramatic experience.” Similarly Katie Rich from cinemabond.com says, “Michael Bay uses the 3D almost miraculously well, achieving real moments of vertigo with the extra dimension.”
Most negative reviews sprouted from the length of the movie and migraine inducing pain. Top critic Roger Ebert from Chicago Sun-Times revealed his feelings on the new film, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a visually ugly film with an incoherent plot, wooden characters and inane dialog. It provided me with one of the more unpleasant experiences I’ve had at the movies.” Dan Kois from Village Voice also shows his displeasure at the movies, “Your brain cells perish by the thousands, their howls of agony lost to the cacophony inside your skull. Vast quantities of money, roughly equal to the GDP of Tonga, travel from America’s wallets into the coffers of Paramount.”
In response to the variety of reviews, I give huge congratulations to Bay for giving fans what they wanted, which is an action packed, mind blowing movie that doesn’t disappoint.
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