- Motto: ""Would you just shut up and listen to me so I can tell you how much you all SUCK!""
- Weapon: Venom Blaster
I feel that all of these posts regarding Dark Of The Moon can be condensed into one, that way I don't have to look for the applicable thread, post in it, and then look for the next applicable thread for all of my likes and dislikes about the film. So this thread is more for my convenience than anything, but anyway.
Let's start with the big things shall we? First off, the plot. After leaving the theater, I came to the conclusion that Hasbro showed Michael Bay The Ultimate Doom and Megatrons' Master Plan. Consorting with humans to exile the Autobots, teleporting Cybertron to Earth with a giant space bridge, it's all there. Now, those few episodes were probably some of the best ones from the G1 cartoon, and they were transitioned nicely into on-screen versions, but really, they could have come up with something a little more original. I blame the writing mostly, but still, Bay has a MUCH more punchable face.
Now onto the cast. The important cast I mean, not the humans (I'll deal with them later).
The Autobots in this movie were much more interesting than in the last movie. Clearly Arcee and Jolt are dead as they don't show up anywhere but the Twins show up when the Autobots are all rounded up onto the Xantium. Sideswipe I loved in the second movie, however he seems to be filling in Jazz's role, which should have gone to Ironhide.
Speaking of Ironhide, I liked how he was depicted as the second most bad-ass Autobot in this film, of course it was all to build up to him having a more tragic death. Shot from behind by Sentinel Prime using a round loaded with Cosmic Rust. Seems about right, how else would he be able to do it eh? Also, his death in the movie was about as proper a death as he could have been given. At least it was better than what he got in the 86' movie where they replaced all of the Autobot's armor with something weak like paper mache.... or Raditz (I hope to god at least one person gets that reference because then they'd be my favorite person ever).
Que, I liked him, he filled in for Wheeljack quite well, right up to him being dead. At least he was shown dying and wasn't just suddenly dead. I liked that he still had the role of supplying weapons too (even though he really didn't do much of that). I even liked his Einstein/mad scientist look and luminescent hair.
The Wreckers. Loved them, I was worried about what their personalities might be like given that they had mullets and one had a baseball hat styled head, but I really liked them.
Optimus. He seems to have stopped taking people's faces and heads off this time.
Brains and Wheelie, they were at least useful (Brains more than Wheelie of course). I easily prefer this version of Wheelie to all other versions. EASILY!
Dino. Goddamn you, Ferrari.
Sentinel Prime, Leonard Nemoy did a perfect job in voicing him for one, and secondly, I loved the viking-style beard and moustache. Also: the guy was a bad-ass in combat.
As for the Decepticons
Laserbeak was the most prominent Decepticon in this film, there's something wrong with that. However, as a character he was excellent. It took me a few minuted to get used to the fact that he could speak, but given the nature of the character, the fact that he could speak made sense.
Megatron reminded me of an emo kid in this film. He went from being the uncontested leader of the Decepticons to being what almost amounts to a background character. Even the fight between him and Optimus, which should have been the most epic part of the film, was anticlimactic. Optimus chops him in the face, then rips his head off, and that's it. Meanwhile the fight with Sentinel took twenty minutes. What in the hell happened between ROTF and DOTM to Megatron to turn him into such a wimp? Oh well, at least I know he'll be back in the fourth movie.
Starscream. After reading The Reign Of Starscream comic, I made the sad mistake of confusing THAT character with this character, and at first his comical death bothered me, but then, upon thinking of how Starscream was portrayed in the other movies before this one, it's very fitting.
Soundwave and Shockwave. These two should have been much bigger players than they were. Instead they were reduced to being Decepticon goons. Barricade was better characterized in this film than these two were! Bah.
I dunno what they called the giant drill thing, I like to call it Rumble because that goddamn fits, but it's apparently called Driller if you go by what that Teletran 1 says. I still prefer to call it Rumble.
The humans, I liked their role in this, it was much less prominent (though still central) than the previous films, they served their purpose. The airforce that blessedly absent from this movie. Thank f*#k too because there are only so many times you can puke and s#!+ out all your internal organs (and some of your external ones) in anger when the US air force defeats the Decepticons when the Autobots couldn't for millions of years.
Now onto a few smaller things I didn't like.
1: Why in the hell didn't Sentinel Prime take the Matrix when it was offered to him? That probably would have worked in their favor rather than refusing it.
2: There is no way one of those birdman suits would allow someone to glide through the air for that long or with that much control.
3: The humans just evaporated when the Decepticons shot them, leaving only their clothes behind, they must get their weapons from the same guys who made those Tripods in the War of the Worlds remake.
4: Why did Megatron downgrade his weapon from a giant cannon/sword to a shotgun?
5: Why are all the awesome Decepticons turned into generics?
6: Why aren't there any Autobot generics?
Ok, ok. Despite all the complaints I have regarding the movie, I actually liked it (besides the ending I mean). It actually shows that they're putting more effort into the whole franchise and that they're getting the necessary budget to do all they want to get done. I find myself actually hoping for a fourth installment rather than dreading it.