So I went and saw the midnight premiere of Transformers: Dark of the Moon
last night. It was.... it was something else. It was not what I expected at all-- I'd made a point of studiously avoiding plot spoilers-- and it left me with a lot of thoughts and feelings jouncing around in my head. S-so many feelings.....
So here's my first-impressions TL;DR what I saw last night. Enjoy?Why I enjoyed Dark of the Moon:
Okay, I'm not going to lie. I had a damn good time watching this movie in the theater. I know part of it is just that I'm really susceptible to movie tricks-- all the tricks they use to make you jump and squirm get me, even if the movie's crappy-- but I think it was more than just that. Dark of the Moon
was, in my opinion, a better movie than Revenge of the Fallen
Because it didn't make me cringe.
Like Michael Bay promised, the juvenile humor was cut almost completely out of this movie. There were no anatomy-based jokes, no potty humor, not much in the way of slapstick or sight gags, and I appreciated that a lot
On further reflection, I think the lowest-common-denominator humor is just a symptom of something that RotF didn't have, but I feel DotM did: respect. I'm not going to go as far as saying DotM had respect for the source material, because even I'm not that crazy, but I do feel like it respected its audience. It respected the people watching it enough to try and tell a decent story, even if it didn't necessarily succeed. I don't feel like RotF even bothered.
So I enjoyed DotM. I'm probably going to see it again, maybe even in theaters. But does that mean I love it unreservedly? Oh hell no. While there was a lot of stuff in it that I liked, there were also a lot of flaws and a lot of things I didn't like. I'm going to break down the things that made the biggest impact on me after the cut, and there will be spoilers
, so consider yourself warned.( Collapse )Would I recommend it?
Well, that depends on who I was talking to. Would I recommend Dark of the Moon
to a hardcore, long time Transformers fan? Probably not. This movie continues in the exact same vein as the first two in terms of the way it runs roughshod over what most fans have come to expect from their various Transformers fictions. None of the robots on either side get much in the way of serious screen time and consideration, and the Autobots, Optimus included, are still brutal, violent, and vicious. If you came out of TF2007 and/or RotF hating everything and everyone, DotM isn't going to fix anything for you.
If you're a fan of the movie franchise in particular, however, like I am? I'd recommend it. TF2007 was my first experience with any Transformers canon ever, and I liked it a lot. DotM feels a lot more like TF2007 than RotF to me, and for that I'm grateful. I don't think it was as good a movie as the first one, but I enjoyed it, especially because a lot of the stuff that made RotF embarrassing even for dedicated fans of the movie-verse is gone from this one. It may still be "raping the childhoods" of long-term G1 fans, but at least the movie franchise has been (relatively) internally consistent in the way it does it.
Would I recommend it to non-TF fans? Probably. As far as science-fiction flicks go, it's no better and no worse than a lot of the stuff that's come out recently. Sure, the story is fairly predictable and it's not the most well-written or well-plotted movie in the world, but I think it's solid enough that it's an enjoyable watch. Certainly the effects and the action make it a decent popcorn movie for the summer. I know that's not the highest recommendation in the world, but it's a pretty fun movie over all, especially if you're not going in there already predisposed to hating it, everything in it, and everything it stands for.
All in all, I don't regret seeing it. I won't feel embarrassed to admit that I'm a TF fan the way I was for a while when RotF came out. (Don't look at me that way, Transfans, you know what I'm talking about.) Hell, I'd be willing to go see it again, although I probably wouldn't spring for the 3D. IMAX, maybe....Final Thoughts:
It wasn't a particularly good movie. It definitely wasn't a good Transformers movie. But it was a movie that had some cool and fun things, and I really enjoyed it while I was in the theater watching it. That was good enough for me, but I have low standards when it comes to movies.
Your mileage will almost certainly vary.
Thanks for reading.