Director: Michael Bay
Starring: Shia LeBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Patrick Dempsey, Leonard Nimoy & Frances McDormand
Writer: Ehren Kruger
The Good: This is the best “Transformers” movie. The Bad: That’s not saying much. The Ugly: The editing. Somehow, though the running time is 2 hrs 37 mins, this movie feels both too long and that they left too much on the editing floor. I have a feeling that when the DVDs & Blu-Rays are released we are going to see a 3 hr 15 min Director’s Cut.
The movie starts off well with all the 1960s story, but after that it is just off. The pacing is not right. We go from huge jumps of the story to scenes that run too long. Though they are great actors, was it necessary to have John Mackolvich & Frances McDormand in the film? No, all the scenes could have been eliminated and it would not have affected the story. The same can be said for the new hot girlfriend. With a minor rewrite she could have been excised from the script and it would not have affected the story. Also, why after each new film is their revisionist history of what previously happened, and why are there always so many new Decipticons with new toys that should have helped in the previous films? Bad writing.
So what is good? Leonard Nimoy as Sentinal Prime; the opening 1960s sequence, the two reject mini-Autobots that live with Sam, and the human military force that can take-out Decepticons without Autobot assistance.
Grade = B- (I know, I know, but it is above average)