Friday, June 27, 2014

Transformers: Age of Extinction


The wettest of dreams that Michael Bay has ever had is now in movie form.  He fell asleep one night and as always has a notebook on his nightstand so that he can analyze his dreams.  He woke up and wrote this dream down in his notebook without dialogue, but very detailed "Fire, robots, dinosaurs, Wahlberg, Tucci, an attractive female, many more male actors, forward and backward driving, and spaceships.  Transformers: Age of Extinction combines all of these elements and weaves them together with poor writing and exhausting special effects.  They not only exceeded the normal amount of effects, but I was literally exhausted upon leaving the theater.  The amount of different story lines is overwhelming as well.

Now what we have to remember here is that movies are subjective in their genre and content.  I am comparing this movie to previous Transformers movies and movies similar in genre.  I am, in no way, comparing this to films that it doesn't share a topic with.  

Believe it or not, I found the acting in this movie to be very well done.  Mark Wahlberg gives a very good performance and Stanley Tucci is always at the top of his game.  The only problem with the acting is the words that they are speaking does not put the writing of this movie in a top ranking category.  Poorly timed jokes and poorly written Autobot dialogue does not stitch this movie together well.  The acting that Mark brings to the table made me want to see him start and finish the entire franchise and Shia never have been a part of it.

If you are an "action only" fan then you will have no problem jumping into this fast paced war.  There were even some people in the theater that clapped when the movie was over.  They were quickly identified as action junkies that only want that type of an experience.  There is a movie for everyone and if you are a pedal to the metal movie-goer, then this is the perfect movie for you.

I did not put a premise into this commentary because I am assuming you have seen the trailer or are familiar with this film.  This movie is getting a 70% from me due to the fact that it is better than other Transformers movies and the acting is well done.  30% deduction was due to the writing, poorly timed jokes during huge sequences, and lack of a story (or more than one going on at a time) in between the action sequences.

Although this blog is me trying to put everything in my surroundings away during a viewing, there was a man with an E-Cig 3 seats away from me with that annoying light and 4 people directly behind me laughing and ribbing the film during it's entirety.  I politely asked them to quite down and they refused, so I moved.

Remember everyone - Put your cell phones away, chat after the movie, and find a way to be alone in the theater.

Drew Oliver

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