Editor’s note: We all love movies, but rather than ask a syndicated columnist who has never visited our beautiful High Desert, we commissioned our own local movie critic: Nolan P. Smith to review films and give us a local perspective. Enjoy!
High Desert Daily
(Victorville)— Growing up a huge fan of the franchise, I knew all about Transformers. My brother is probably the biggest Transformer fan I know, as he can recite the entire animated Transformers movie from 1986, word for word. One of the slogans that stuck with Transformers all these years is “more than meets the eye”. With this being the third live action outing for everyone’s favorite transforming robots, did Director Michael Bay create a film that had more than meets the eye?
Sadly, I must say no. This year, Bay admitted that the second Transformer film, 2009’s Revenge of the Fallen, was a horrible movie, and that this next film would not let fans down. I now question where the Director seems to think the movie went wrong, as he magnified the problems that have plagued the series tenfold.
For a film devoted to massive transforming robots, there was much more time spent on human actors than on the namesake of the film. It felt like I was watching a 3rd rate action flick that had a guest appearance of the Transformers. The plot was all kinds of mess, and the characters seemed out of character, even compared to the previous films. Optimus Prime seemed so much less like a leader and more like a bumbling sidekick to the humans, Megatron was far from the majestic villain leader will all know, and if I went on this review would never end. Yet, I need to add Frances McDormand’s character, a Head of Security, steals the horribleness of the show as the most annoying character in the film, hands down.
There were two good aspects of this film: the 3D and Ken Jeong. First, the 3D effects in this film look outstanding, as I was thoroughly impressed with how the film made use of this technology. Second, The Hangover’s Ken Jeong brings his crazy brand of humor, making the film enjoyable for the small amount of screen time he has. Sadly, his role is cut short and we are brought back to the fact that this is, indeed, Transformers.
I caught myself checking the time repeatedly, as it seemed this film would never end. Yet, when it did, it only got worse. An ending so out of character that it actually fit this train wreck of a movie. This being Bay’s last Transformers film, I can only hope a different director and writer gets a hold of this franchise and at least stays semi true to the source material