So the plot, was rushed in the first few minutes of the film, then the movie got boring. Whiny Shia can't find a job despite having an Ivy league education. He has a super-model girlfriend, and a pimp condo. Oh, life is so hard! And he feels so unappreciated the whole time because he saved the world twice and must face the daily grind of life with his obvious enviable perks. What a bitchy brat.
The movie was filled with patriotic symphonic tunes all the while portraying the government bureaucrats as the bad guys and using the autobots for American imperialism and furthering paranoid foreign policy. They basically make autobots their bitches. The autobots seem to recognize their reliance on making Earth their home, and accept their place as American military tools, while the Decepticons recognize their obvious supremacy as a species to humans and decide to make Earth their bitches.
Sentinal Prime, Optimus' figurative father and mentor is brought back from the moon, and continues his desperate measures to side with the decepticons to save his dying race. He did what he thought was best and has to betray Optimus and the autobots because of their virtuous nature prevents them from making tough decisions a true leader must make.
I disliked how the movie insinuated that a single person can change the world with simple idea or principle. **** the hard decisions to save your race. Taking over a planet is a practical and understandable choice. The theme of the movie was not singular.
Transformers, although genius and technologically advanced, exhibit the hormonal balance of immature preteens. I thought it was so childish, the need to make people laugh or entertain little children at the expense of serious and meaningful dialogue. Of course, it's a Michael Bay film, and I shouldn't have expected any better.
I found the ended a bit unsettling, first Megatron is manipulated by daft woman into saving Prime as he lay dying and about to be executed by Sentinel Prime. So as Optimus recovers after Megatron SAVES him, he is offered a truce and understanding by Megatron. What happens next? Optimus kills the guy who saved his life! Then deals with Sentinel, who lay dying, explains that he only did what he felt was necessary to survive, admitting he made the decision and will be viewed as the bad guy for it but he wanted to save his race. He begs for mercy and then is executed by Optimus! Sentinel Prime was his father figure, mentor. Talk about psychotic. People actually cheered at the end.
I admit the movie picked up at the ending. The action was nice and intense while the pointless dialogue ceased. The film had a few moments of beauty and cinematic awe (not cg) such as panoramic scenes and shia looking out the window in the car while watching the end of the world. Very impressive visuals and the movie conveyed so much more emotions when the worthless dialogue ceased. Michael Bay really can tell a story without dialogue.
I ended up buying the 3d because of time constraints. 3D is garbage and I found myself taking the glasses off repeatedly because I would rather watch it normally despite being slightly blurry. 3d is a gimmick and only really worth it's purchase for Avatar.
Anyways, I enjoy sharing my thoughts since I had to watch this film alone. I normally never do that, but I had to get out for fresh air the day after I finished my chemistry finals. This movie is worth seeing, only for the ending 45 mins and the complete betrayal scene by Optimus. Skip 3D ripoff.