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TF3: Dark of the Moon

Years ago my father relayed the following truth: everyone is entitled to a change of opinion. When it comes to the Transformers films, their director, and lead actor I’ve definitely changed mine.

In the beginning there was the animated movie; the first film I can remember anticipating with fanboy (and I stress “boy”) anxiety. I clipped the ads from the local newspaper and carried them with me everywhere. Until the day came wherein I heard Judd Nelson speak as Hot Rod in prepubescent person.

Decades later I was dragged to see Michael Bay’s blasphemous live action adaptation. I decided beforehand that because the movie was not in line with yesteryear’s cartoons that I wouldn’t enjoy it. And so I didn’t. However, I allowed myself to again be suckered into seeing the sequel, and despite the critics zealous outrage I was oddly impressed.

Whether it was the destruction filled rampage through Egypt, or the adventurous explanation of the Primes and Fallen, I really started to gain interest in the narrative. By this point I’d accepted the GM car conversion as not only cost effective, but additionally patriotic. Furthermore, I really enjoyed discovering humanities ancient connections with Cybertron. Yet, what I relished in most of all was the carnage embedded in every frame.

The only issue was the grainy nature evident in the fast moving scenery. Monday evening I got an early screening of the third (or fourth) installment in the series, Dark of the Moon. Not only was it crystal clear it also contained some of the most impressive CGI to date. I now see why Spielberg brought Bay into Paramount’s royal fold. Like Abrams he is a mastermind in the medium we know as movies.

Every major American director gets a trilogy. Lucas has two all his own, and Spielberg has one he shares with him. Stone has his disjointed look at the Vietnam War, and Coppola has the Godfathers. The Wachowski’s have their cyperpunk love story, and now Bay concludes his by returning to Cybertron.

Similar to the second Star Wars saga Transformers ends on a high note. Furthermore, Shia LeBeouf follows up his great performance in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps with another stellar showing. I hated this guy a few years ago, I don’t anymore. Megan Fox I still can’t stand, but who cares? She’s gone and Victoria’s Secret sweetheart Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is in. She’s looking good too!

So far I’ve seen every blockbuster batting for supremacy in 2011. And other than X-Men I enjoyed them all. That said, Harry Potter has some steep competition for the crown after seeing the Autobots kick ass in 3D.

For fellow fans of the fantastic past this films for you. Spacebridge, Cybertron, Lazerbeak, and a version of Shockwave that reminds me of Paul Atriedes. Battle Tech, the Decepticon Triumvirate, and Unicron himself has even returned. Geek jargon; hopefully titillating enough to inspire a few fence sitters to jump sides. I’m know I’m glad I did ;)

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Another off the wall opinion courtesy of my life at the movies.

 

 

 

Comments

  • Anonymous

    Jonny, great job on the coverage of this movie.  I love the way you releated back to change and opinion as well as old memories.  Really well done and one of my top 5 MLATMs in terms of writing.

    That said, you know how I feel about this franchise.  FRUCK IT!  Not only do I not support, I boycott.  No, I’ll never change my mind.  Michael Bay is a pretentious doucher, 2.5 hours for a Transformers movie?  Get over yourself.  anyways, enough vitriol!

    Love ya!
    jg

    • Anonymous

      HaHaHa!!! Yes, I fully know you are a traditionalist on the matter of all things Transformers. That said, I am definitely going to see it twice. Furthermore, I have to buy this trilogy when it comes out. I really hated this guy as you know. Yet, I ended up loving the guy and await his next production. For me I’m hoping for a TF4, but I’m sure he’ll fund a couple of hours in the meantime ;)

      BTW you and I, Fright Night team up blog!!!

      • Anonymous

        DONE!  Pretty sure I wont like it so it’ll be a dope blog. 

      • Anonymous

        Ferrell as a vampire villain… I’m sure I’ll be thinking the opposite ;)  

  • Chris Elliott

    Dope post dude. I’m not a blockbuster movie guy, as you know. However, upon you showing me this trailer weeks ago, I’ve been intrigued. This piece only strengthens y desire to indulge. I definitely dig this new chick too ;) For a skinny white girl, that is.

    Nice work slime! 

  • Chris Elliott

    Dope post dude. I’m not a blockbuster movie guy, as you know. However, upon you showing me this trailer weeks ago, I’ve been intrigued. This piece only strengthens y desire to indulge. I definitely dig this new chick too ;) For a skinny white girl, that is.

    Nice work slime! 

    • Anonymous

      You’ll love Rosie most of all I’m sure… seeing her steer an SLS AMG, and pop out with gull-wing doors, priceless. JLB and I will be going again in the coming weeks with Amanda, you should come with. We are going to hit up the IMAX showing as we didn’t get the privilege for the screening. This is definitely an IMAX worthy flick ;)

      • Chris Elliott

        100 percent down.
        Sent wirelessly from my BlackBerry device on the Bell network.
        Envoyé sans fil par mon terminal mobile BlackBerry sur le réseau de Bell.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000583209773 Sabrina Camp

    i LOVED this movie – one of the best 3D films i’ve seen :)

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