Blog #22: Movie Review: Transformers: Dark of the Moon

I bet you’ve been wondering why I haven’t done a review of Dark of the Moon. Well, it’s like this. I needed some time to think about it, then I got really depressed about the possibility of a reboot, then we found out there would be no reboot, and coupled with how busy I’ve been lately, I haven’t gotten around to it until now.

This blog comes to you in two parts, Part I: No Spoilers, and Part II: Lots and Lots of Spoilers.

Part I: No Spoilers!

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is absolutely amazing. I loved every minute of it, and Michael “The Lord of Awesome” Bay is a true genius. This movie is everything I hoped for and more, a perfect end to the first Transformers Trilogy. The 3D is great and really adds to the film. I saw it the first time in 2D and the second and third time in 3D. (I haven’t seen it in IMAX yet, but will this week.) I kind of wish all the movies were in 3D, but who knows, maybe some day, they will give the first two the 3D treatment. We can only hope. 🙂

That’s about all I can say without spoilers. Go see it. It’s awesome.

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Part II: Spoilers!

“What have you done?” – Ironhide

Rest in piece, Ironhide.

He will be missed. The brutal, sudden, and senseless death of Ironhide, betrayed by one of his own was one of the unforgettable moments from this movie that was chock full of unforgettable moments.

First, for the bad, which won’t take long. I missed Skids and Mudflap. There was no good reason to get rid of them. They were funny. People should have shut up about them. They were supposed to die anyway, which would have made that scene better if more than just Ironhide had died. I also missed Jolt, not sure why he wasn’t in the movie. That’s it for the bad.

Now for the good, which would be everything else!

Some of my favorite scenes in the movie were ones of just the robots, something we’ve gotten far fewer of in the previous films than I would have liked (one of the few complaints I have from the first two movies). I love the scene with Optimus and Sentinel when Optimus offers him the Matrix and the scene where Queue was killed. There should be more scenes like that.

The other thing I thought they did better than Revenge of the Fallen was robots interacting with actors. Several times in Revenge of the Fallen it looked like adding the robots into a scene was an afterthought, and the humans don’t really react to the robots at all. I didn’t see that at all in Dark of the Moon.

I loved that the plot of this movie was based on two original animated series (multipart) episodes. The idea of brining Cybertron to earth right out of “The Ultimate Doom” and convincing the humans to get rid of the Autobots comes right out of “Megatron’s Master Plan”. They did an amazing job using the best parts of these episodes. I really hope they look to the original series for ideas for the coming movies.

I would like to thank Megan Fox for being so full of herself that they dumped her from the movie. I love that Michael Bay stuck it Fox who thinks she actually has talent as an actress by hiring a Victoria’s Secret model to replace her. Even more kudos to Bay for recognizing Rosie Huntington-Whitley’s potential as an actress. She was phenomenal in this movie (and way prettier than Fox)! I loved the scene at the end where she appealed to Megatron’s ego allowing Optimus to save the day.

Speaking of the end, one of my all time favorite Transformers moments came at the end of this film.

“What would you be without me Prime?” – Megatron
“Let’s find out.” – Optimus Prime

Then Optimus splits open Megatron’s head with his axe and rips it from his shoulders. The ending is SOOOOOO much better than in the book/comic (which I haven’t read, but am told ends with Prime and Megatron teaming up to stop Sentinel and then Megatron surrendering). Such a great end for the movie. I’m so glad Bay changed it from the script.

I was so happy to hear Don Murphy announce that they would not be doing a reboot, but are planning another trilogy.  In a lot of cases, I don’t mind reboots.  I was fine with the Punisher reboot, though I liked the first one better, and will be okay if they reboot Fantastic Four one of these days.  I wouldn’t have been with Transformers.  I know the cartoon/toy series gets rebooted completely every two or three years as it has since Beast Wars, and I’m okay with that, but the movie universe needs to continue, and I’m very happy that it will.  One of these days, maybe I’ll blog about my ideas for where the coming movies could go.

Here are some of my other favorite quotes from Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

“It reminds me of Bumblebee…if Bumblebee were a sad piece of shit.” – Judy Witwicky

“I’ve done shit that matters and I’d kind of like a job where I matter again.” – Sam Witwicky

“Your first job out of college is critical kid, you either take the step down the correct career path or you fall into a life sucking abyss.” – Bruce Brazos

“Raise your hand if you had a flying ninja copier try to kill you today.” – Sam Witwicky

“Happy wife happy life, unhappy wife stone cold misery.” – Ron Witwicky

“The thing that he taught me was, when it’s not your war, you join the side that’s going to win.” – Dylan Gould

“These guys are the Wreckers they take care of the Xanthium. We don’t let them off the base much cause they’re asseholes. – Charlotte Mearing

“Remember this. You may lose your faith in us but never in yourselves.” – Optimus Prime

“Years from now they’re going to ask us, ‘where were you when they took over the planet?’ We’re gonna say, ‘we just stood by and watched.’ – Seymour Simmons

“Be gone insect operatives, your work is done.” – Megatron
“Your Excellency, he’s such a dick.” – Dylan Gould

“We will kill them all.” – Optimus Prime

“Today in the name of freedom we take the battle to them.” – Optimus Prime

“I can’t promise anyone a ride home, but if you’re with me the world needs you now.” – Lieutenant Colonel William Lennox

“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” – Sentinel Prime

“You didn’t betray me…you betrayed yourself.” – Optimus Prime

“In any war there are calms between storms. There will be days when we lose faith, days when our allies turn against us. But the day will never come when we forsake this planet and it’s people.” – Optimus Prime

Transformers Artifact of the Week.

This is a Transformers (2007 Movie) Children’s Flex-Wood chair with Reversible (Optimus Prime or Megatron) cushion. Picked this up from Wal-Mart’s website. I never saw one in a store. You can find this and 7000+ other items at TFMuseum.com.

Well, that’s about it. Next week I’ll be reviewing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Part II, which I will be seeing this week at LeakyCon in Florida. I haven’t been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure at Universal Studios yet, so I’m really excited to see it.

Thanks for reading!

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About lmb3

I’m 36 years old, and I work in network tech support for a public school system. I am a huge fan of Star Trek, Transformers, Harry Potter, and Marvel Comics as well as numerous other fandoms. I’m a big sports fan, especially the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. I collect toys (mostly Transformers but other stuff too), comic books, and Red Sox baseball cards. I watch an obscene amount of television and love going to the movies. I am hopelessly addicted to Wizard Rock and I write Harry Potter Fanfiction, though these days I am working on a couple of different original YA novels.
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2 Responses to Blog #22: Movie Review: Transformers: Dark of the Moon

  1. Hey! So you’re one of the few people that liked Skids and Mudflaps! Good to find another dark of the moon fan; I thought the movie was pretty good, and wished they had brought back those knuckleheads from revenge of the fallen. nice review.

  2. Armchair warrior needs food badly says:

    I like the chair!

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