Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, Josh Duhamel
Director: Michael Bay
I know that it’s the popular thing to dislike these films. Like if a film is big, and you like it, you couldn’t possibly be an intellectual. But you know what? I don’t care. I had an awesome time at this movie.
I also want to point out that at screenings that I’ve been to recently, I heard critics talking about how they already hated this film, even though at the time they hadn’t yet seen it. I’m not pointing any fingers here at individuals or publications. I think that there’s a fatigue that comes from a market saturated with big blockbusters. So I get that. But I feel like my job isn’t to pre-judge or to judge audiences, but just to tell you will you like it? Who’s it for? Is it worth the ticket price? And to give you the information you need to make that decision.
Anyway, to return to the point, in this film, the Transformers are back. Optimus Prime is out in the ether, floating towards his home planet in search of his origins, and on Earth, things are divided. Cade (Wahlberg) is living on the run, with some rogue good guy Transformers, when a major threat to Earth comes to light. The planet that the Transformers come from wants to suck the life out of Earth to sustain itself.
But way back in time, a Transformer left a weapon that can stop the evil, a staff. And who did he give it to? A cheeky drunkard called Merlin who used it to help his friend King Arthur. While we think of those times as mythical, there is some truth to those olf stories. And as they were passed down, so has the staff, through a mysterious organisation headed by the eccentric Sir Edmund Burton (Hopkins) who recruits Vivian (Haddock) who he knows is a descendant.
Essentially, it’s a race against time to get the weapon and save the planet.
I saw this film in 3D IMAX, and I have no words to describe how huge it is! I mean, you know a Transformers film will be huge, right? But please, if you can and you love huge HUGE films, go see it in an Imax or 3D, or both if you can. There are so many explosions and chases and like everything you can think of and some things that only Michael Bay could think of, … It’s really fun.
I was really blown away by the design and movement of the Transformers. They’re so detailed, so many moving parts. I find them really fascinating to watch. These films are an incredible feat of design and effects. I also liked the banter between the characters, they managed to fit some good lines in there. And Anthony Hopkins is having the time of his life being irascible and difficult in this film. He’s adorable! It feels like everyone in this film is having fun, chewing up the scenery, making speeches and having the piss taken out of them for making speeches, blowing things up, destroying antiques, and engaging in huge fights. It’s a huge spectacle!
And at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about. I love a huge spectacle. If you’ve seen Transformers films before, you probably already know if you’ll like this. But in case you’re worried, no it’s not the confused mess people are already saying it is. The plot is defined, and carried well by Mark Wahlberg in the lead role. Yeah, it’s cheesey. Yeah, things explode. But I had a good time, and if you like huge films, this is for you.
See It If: you like Transformers films, explosions, cheesey speeches, banter, car chases… Basically, Michael Bay delivers a Michael Bay film. Fans, you know who you are.