Apologies for the delay. I’ve somewhat been lacking the motivation to get this written up and reviewed. Yes. The film really was that meh.
It would be fair to say that the press that Transformers 3 has received hasn’t exactly been good but is this deserved? Well the third film of the franchise is better than the second (which at points had me wanting to fall asleep and even my friend who’s a die-hard transformers fan found it lacking. However it’s not that much better and given the length of the film it doesn’t really entertain and keep you captivated for the entirety of its running time.
That’s not to say it’s not without the good moments – I went to a showing in 3D and there are some scenes which are stunning and will leave your jaw hanging – the opening scenes sweeping through a planet mid destruction, and a scene later in the film with people wing suiting out of an exploding helicopter spring to mind as being shots that really show off the benefits of 3D. Another fantastic shot takes place in the middle of a chase where one of the cars jumps with a passenger, transforming from car to robot to car – mid air to clear an obstacle throwing and catching the poor hapless soul from within itself. But these are oasis’s with in the longer film, little moments that stand out.
The acting from the main characters is poor – you get moments of light from the supporting actors – Alan Tudyk really stands out giving a character who could’ve been very generic/standard fare and rounding the edges, providing some depth. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is possibly even worse than Megan Fox who at least appeared to have a slight personality. Her character comes in, stands around and then gets in danger of different varieties at various stages.
The CGI is as usual good – the robots looking real and like they belong in the world they inhabit, but at the same time it’s still soulless/lifeless. I found that through most of the film the majority of robots were indistinguishable from each other – really not helped by the blurry handheld camera style. Some of the extra things the robots carry with them also seem a bit odd/strange – one of them has this large worm type creature which is given no explanation as to why they have this and no-one else does and it would really help to have had a line of exposition or something just explaining what was going on.
The last hour of the film descends into an extended action sequence. Now I enjoy a good action film but as this went on I found myself getting more and more bored. I don’t know if it was just the lack of story holding it all together, of just the lack of feeling of jeopardy (despite the destruction of a city) it all just felt empty and soulless (to put in context I watched The Living Daylights a couple of days later and the action through this film which is around 20 years old I found more gripping than the state of the art effects shown in Transformers.
Doubtless as a franchise this is going to keep rolling and moving forward. Hopefully they’ll get a new focus on the story and find the soul that’s missing from this film.