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oh, boy! Transformers age of Extinction. This one is a bit of a mixed bag on the one hand you had a much more likable protagonist in the form of Mark Wahlberg and a slightly more competent read and out of Dark of the Moon even though I thought that movie was a vast improvement over a Revenge of the Fallen but I suppose a lot of the problems I have with age of Extinction specifically is the run-time. When the duration of this movie is approaching the 4 hour Mark that is a very big cause for concern wow it is nice when you have a movie that is not trying to compress everything for the sake of not rushing the plot or at least having decent pacing for the story at the same time a little bit of streamlining would have been more preferable yet the same time we got to see more robot action as opposed to the last few movies where it focused more on the humans and the rather insufferable continuation of Sam witwicky character which by the time the third movie had come around had grown beyond tiresome in tedious but that said that is not the fault of Shia Labeouf that is the fault of the Script that was fed to him and subsequently Michael bays less than Polished Direction although that would apply he had a Polished direction to begin with.
Visual effects are fine as once before the so that I have no issue with with the movie itself because it's none of the very few aspects of any Transformers movies that fails to disappoint the score is what it is I have little to nothing to complain about it.
Some of the jokes and references however have a lot to be desired particularly when Wahlberg's character cade Yeager refers to his daughters boyfriend as "Lucky Charms" just because of the fact he is from Ireland.... you would think that Michael Bay would have learnt from using less and less questionable stairs and jokes but then again three simple words it's Michael Bay...
One of the major contrasting differences when compared with previous movies is the change in Optimus primes character where is before he was this very benevolent and pacifist leader in this one-day tournament very bitter grumpy and almost at times bloodthirsty because of what had happened to the likes of his Autobot camera particularly when ratchet had been compromised and unfortunately taken out of the equation. I appreciate that you have to make some subtle changes over time just to freshen the material up and keep audiences interest focused on the product at hand but when you do something like this which deviate from the original concept of what the character is supposed to be about it comes across as a little bit contrived and by extension forced. Furthermore with regards to cast what was Sophia Myles doing in this movie when she had little to nothing to do? You know he's a very talented actress that has been in the likes of the atrocious 2004 Thunderbirds movie along with the 2007 vampire detective series Twilight which I believe that serious is heavily underrated I might add and you have a great actress of this caliber and she is reduced to barely a background character I don't know what to make of that.
Why this movie was an improvement overall and I don't know why it gets the hate that it does it did feel like an achievement just to get to the end of the movie and in all honesty I think they ought to be a restriction on movies getting to this generation where it passes the two hour 18 minute Mark because the audience's attention span can only take so much while I like the idea that you give them more for their money so that they are basically paying the same admission price for say that have a movie that is 1 hour 45 minutes same time when a movie is going this long people are either falling asleep or just begging for the movie to be over with. I would say the movie is worth the Watch if you have the capacity to sit there for nearly 3 hours just a taking all the robot action along with the human drama that comes along with it but at the same time I think for future transformer movies condensing it would be preferred. I suppose one question to ask is what's this more than meets the eye? I would say so. But at the same time not great but nowhere near all afterall that honour belongs to the last Knight.
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