Many a ‘Transformers’ fan has complained about the quality of the last film in the franchise, ‘Revenge Of The Fallen’, stating it was all over the place due to all the ideas and story arcs it tried to cram into a single movie and its unequalled, somewhat irritating fetish for repetitive over-the-top explosions. Even the trilogy’s director, Michael Bay, admitted to what a mess the second film was, blaming the effects of the 2007-08 writers’ strike as one of the reasons it was so quickly put together. Bay, however, promised that more time would be taken with the third, allowing him to end his involvement with the franchise on a high note. We at Cream can honestly say that this ‘threequel’, if you will, has outdone our highest expectations of what a cartoon-come-live-action movie can be.
Without giving too much away, the film follows once again the now-coming-into-adulthood Sam Witwicky (played by a semi-nerdy, semi-buff Shia LaBeouf) who now has a new girlfriend after being dumped by Megan Fox’s character, Mikaela. The new girlfriend, Carly, played by Victoria Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, actually does quite well in her role and contributes more to the story than Fox did by just standing around looking pretty. Still, there are plenty of those “why would she be wearing a dress that tight?” moments in the film that are becoming synonymous with movies directed by Bay.
The reason this film is so much better though is that it includes that elusive component too often forgotten in action flicks – emotion. Although you wont be reaching for tissues the entire movie, you probably will find yourself caring when certain characters’ lives are lost or in danger. An incredible feat when you remember most of the characters are entirely composed through CGI. Bay seems to have toned down the over the top fighting between the Autobots and the Decepticons and abandoned his tendency to blow up entire street blocks and wipe out hundreds of human soldiers in one bang. Instead, the final hour and a half of the movie borrows from the ‘Black Hawk Down’ concept, which follows a select few characters on their individual journey together. This is achieved through an amazing sequence that sees Chicago as ground zero in a battle between a few human soldiers and an entire army of robotic alien soldiers. Yes, there are still massive explosions (god bless Michael Bay) but at least this time there’s enough story and emotion to balance it out. A truly clever final installation that even sees Leonard Nimoy voice a Transformer.
‘Transformers 3: Dark Of The Moon’ screens in cinemas nationally.