By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
Let’s not call it perfect, but “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” is as good as a “Transformers” movie is capable of being.
This is the third in the series that pits the Autobots vs. the Decepticons, and it’s easily the best of the three.
Our young hero Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) is bummed out because he’s already helped to save the world twice, but still has to grovel at job interviews when he gets out of college.
He’d rather be out there with Optimus Prime (voice of Peter Cullen) and the rest of the “living” machines, as they battle evil around the globe.
Don’t worry about Sam. He’s got another hot young girlfriend (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley), after his previous one (Megan Fox) apparently wore out her welcome with the filmmakers.
More importantly, the world is about to become a battleground again.
Directed by Michael Bay from a script by Ehren Kruger, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” delivers humor, exceptional special effects and, oddly enough, a sense of tragedy.
The battle scenes are brutal, as the Decepticons give no quarter to men, women or children. It’s disturbing to see humans effectively vaporized on screen, but it gives the movie more heft, more consequence.
There are no tricks with the 3-D, as far as things flying out into the audience, but you definitely get depth of field as humans and robots fight on the land and in the air.
My main problem with “Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon” is how can Sam and his girlfriend spend so much time getting attacked by giant robots and not get shredded or crushed many times over?
The movie made massive amounts of cash over the holiday weekend, so clearly keeping the good-looking lead actors looking good served the movie well. But Sam should at least have a limp by the end, don’t you think?
By the way, I was annoyed by my brain’s inability to name the voice behind a new character, Sentinel. Every time he spoke, a part of my brain said, “I know this guy.”
To save you the same minor league frustration, I’ll let you know the voice is provided by Leonard Nimoy. I’m ashamed I had to look that up on the Internet.
I’m betting that “Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon” is as fine a summer spectacle as you’re going to get this year. If you enjoy cinematic thrill rides, catch this one on the big screen and in 3-D. You will be impressed.
I give it an A minus.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.
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– “Roadkill” Bill with Wizard 106.7 gives “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” a B.
“It’s fairly predictable, but a whole lot of fun.”