The first thing I thought after seeing the new Transformers was “wow, that was a really good movie.” However, after thinking about the 165 minutes that I just sat through, I got a little confused, because some things just didn’t add up and some questions just went unanswered. Here’s my take on the movie.
Mark vs. Shia
I thought it was strange that not once during the movie was there any reference of Shia LaBeouf’s character, Sam Witwicky, from the previous movies. It’s like he was just forgotten. Also, he had no connection to Wahlberg whatsoever. Wahlberg just played a wanna-be inventor who just happened to buy an old truck that was really Optimus Prime. Strangely, on the premier date of the movie, Shia threw a fit in New York; he got drunk, caused ruckus during a Broadway play and ended up getting arrested. Coincidence? Maybe. However, if you were replaced and just forgotten, you might throw a fit too. Wahlberg does a good job, but Shia was a better fit for the movie. His quick-talking ways were perfect for this part, and he was part of what made the movie so good.
If you haven’t seen the movie yet, I won’t spoil it for you. I’ll just say that the storyline was a little confusing. First, the impression is given that the Transformers were responsible for the Ice Age and killing of the dinosaurs. Then fast forward in time, the Autobots are suddenly the human’s worst enemies. They’re in hiding, because they’re being hunted down for their metal. Long story short, the Transformers pair up with Wahlberg and fight to eventually safe humanity from a bomb, known as “the seed. In between all of this, Wahlberg deals with his daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz) and her race-car-driving boyfriend Shane (Jack Reynor) who he just found out about. After repeatedly showing flashes of Peltz’ legs, Wahlberg keeps reminding everyone that she’s underage. Just like the previous transformer movies, the women are just there for the visual aspect, as if the robots aren’t enough.
Overall the movie is entertaining, as long as you don’t think about it too much. Expect to see dinobots, spaceships, many amazing cars and lots of robot-fighting action, some of which wasn’t really visible. It was hard to figure out where the dinobots, which help out toward the end of the movie, came from. There are some funny scenes throughout the movie, and I was happy to see that Bumblebee was still going strong. The special effects didn’t disappoint, although sometimes it felt as though it was a little too much. Could there be too much action in a movie? If you’re looking for a movie that doesn’t require too much thinking, and takes you for an action-packed ride, Transformers: Age of Extinction is the movie for you. Will it win an Oscar? Most likely not.