Well, at least Michael Bay made up for what made Revenge of the Fallen crap. Peter Cullen is back for once giving a good performance as Optimus Prime However, he and Leonard Nimoy (as Sentinel Prime) are the only highlights of the 2011 follow-up, Transformers: Dark of the Moon. I appreciated how the movie tried to give a more historical depth. A poorly computer-generated JFK calls out the astronauts to investigate a spacecraft, called the Ark, crashed on the moon.
The human characters are bland than ever, not to mention some gifted actors wasting their talents (John Malkovich, Frances MacDormand, Patrick Dempsey). I swear, if Shia LaBeouf shouted “OPTIMUS!” one more time, I would be like, “Calm down, Shia. You don’t have to shout every single name in the book.”
Instead of Megan Fox, Michael Bay cast Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Wisely as Shia LaBeouf’s love interest. Even though she’s eye candy, she delivers a slightly better performance than Megan Fox. The action and special effects are as big and obnoxious as ever, but even more eye-popping than the last film. However, some action seem to be a rip-off of Michael Bay earlier films, notably The Island (his only exceptionally decent film before Transformers). Bay still has his “magic tricks” of making a humungous action set loud, obnoxious and jaw-dropping.