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Postby Seibertron » Tue Jun 28, 2011 4:22 am

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Seibertron.com's review of Transformers Dark of the Moon: A Fan Perspective


Dark Side of the Moon

I saw Transformers Dark of the Moon tonight. I am not a professional reviewer. In fact, I strongly dislike writing reviews of any sort. Yet from time-to-time I am strongly inclined to share my thoughts in hopes that some of you might want to hear what the owner of one of the largest Transformers fansites has to say. So without further ado, here's what I've been writing for the past 5 hours.

First and foremost, if you don't want to read any spoilers, just stop reading this review. I don't hold back anything in my reviews. It's all here that I was able to jot down since midnight. If you want to be spoiled, please be my guest and read on ...



I'll cut to the chase right off the bat before I go into comments that only us Seibertronians will enjoy reading. If you're looking for the next Academy Award winner or Oscar winner for best picture, go see something else so we don't have to hear you complain about Transformers Dark of the Moon. If you are just looking for a great, fun summer blockbuster with TONS of action, lots of special effects, a pretty girl, some very cool cars (and robots too), and destruction galore -- you should, without a doubt, see this film. If you're a Transformers fan, then this is 100% required watching in my book.

Is this the best film in the world? No. Is it another very enjoyable summer blockbuster? Of course it is. Are there some problems with the storytelling? Yep. But hey … it's Transformers, it's not Revenge of the Fallen, and it was a fun couple of hours watching exciting craziness unfold before my very 3d weary eyes. While Transformers Dark of the Moon didn't surpass the first Transformers film from Michael Bay, it was better than Revenge of the Fallen. However, it shared some of the same flaws from which the previous movie suffered.



As I have said for the past four or five years, I think Michael Bay was the perfect person to be the director of the first Transformers live action film franchise. I liked some of his previous movies such as Bad Boys and Armageddon. Michael Bay is well known for delivering what he promises. He makes larger than life fun movies that appeal to a very large audience. I truly believe that it was his vision that helped introduce our beloved Transformers to people not as passionate about them as are we. The Transformers are a toy line that have overcome many obstacles over the years and have reached the point of becoming a household name and a billion dollar film franchise.

The special effects were absolutely truly amazing. I hope nothing I say in this fanboy "review" plays down the fact that this movie is an amazing feat of technology. The destruction of Chicago is an incredible technological achievement. It looked like they destroyed the city. And it wasn't far away or brief shots like Battle: Los Angeles. It was complex digitally animated (?) extremely detailed and extremely believable mass destruction bestowed upon the city I've called home for the past 9 years. It was truly amazing to see what they did to this city. The Transformers themselves seemed to be more detailed, but in a good way. I didn't have much difficulty telling who was who, even when they were fighting. There even seemed to be some improvements to the facial expressions on some of the robots. There was a moment with Optimus Prime's face that I remember seeing that I thought, hey that's cool that they got him to make that face, and the same with Ratchet in another scene. Academy Award winning movie or not, I think the special effects teams on this movie should get all sorts of awards. Kudos to all of the people who worked on special effects for this film.

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Houston, we have a problem

A lot of the problems I had with this film was the fact that there was just too much going on. You shouldn't have to read the novel adaptation to understand what exactly was happening during the film. I think the overall story was good. It just needed to be tightened up, and some time that was given to other scenes could have been used to develop some of the characters.



Speaking of characterization, the Transformers continue to serve more as plot devices than actual characters that you know and love. There are few scenes which show the Transformers interacting on their own without humans and many of them get little character development. I love the Transformers characters, I've grown up with them, but without the bond that I have with these characters through three decades of reading the comics, watching the cartoons, and collecting the toys, I don't understand how the general movie going audience is supposed to have a bond with these characters (aside from Optimus Prime and maybe Bumblebee). It is my hope that now that the general world wide audience has been well introduced to the concept of the Transformers brand, that we can movie into a film franchise where the story can be told more from the Transformers' perspective(s) and less from the humans'.

The Chernobyl scene seemed like the they went through a lot of trouble for us, and the Autobots, to find out that the humans had a piece, or pieces, from the Ark on the moon. I get that they were trying to show us that the Russians had tried to harness the power, which caused the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, but it just came across as really forced to me and a very unnecessary scene.



Human Characters and Actors

Overall, the acting was pretty good. I don't recall thinking that anyone had any overly cheesy lines, or poor acting. The only one that really stood out to me was John Duhamel's Lennox. I wasn't a big fan of him in ROTF and I had much the same feeling about him in DOTM. It might have nothing to do with his character and is just how the writers are depicting him. I liked him in the first movie, and I've liked him in other movies that I've seen him in. Tyrese Gibson's Epps was better portrayed in DOTM than ROTF. Shia was much the same … I liked him in all three movies. I think he's a good actor. As much as I love John Turturro's "Agent" Simmons, I just felt his involvement was either too forced or unnecessary. I felt like he didn't really bring anything to the story. Yeah, he wrote a book, yeah, Bill O'Reilly interviewing Simmons because of his new book was entertaining, but not needed. If you felt his involvement was forced in ROTF, you'll definitely feel that way here.

The ever so beautiful Rosie Huntington-Whitely filled her role, and her tight dresses, perfectly. The Transformers film franchise triumphantly shows the world that all you need is some pretty t-and-a to play the out-of-his-league love interest for Sam Witwicky which could've continued to have been played by Megan Fox had she been able to keep her mouth shut. As a fan, I was happy to have Rosie onboard as Carly, who was the love interest of Spike Witwicky in the original 1980s animated cartoon series. I could've done without the gratuitous underwear/butt shot as she was walking up the stairs. Nice to look at in a men's magazine, just 100% unnecessary in a Transformers flick especially in the first ten minutes or so (though I'm sure many would argue that it's the same demographic).

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I was both surprised and disappointed at how small John Malkovich's "Bruce Brazos" role was. His eccentric character went unused through the second half of the film. I thought that he and Patrick Dempsey were miscast and should have had the other's role. Malkovich could've played a perfect live action Dr. Arkeville, which would have been a very nice nod to the Transformers mythos. He even looked the part in my book. It would've even fit in perfectly with the whole "humans working for the Decepticons" plot. Patrick Dempsey's "Dylan Gould" was quite the villain surprisingly. Dempsey was definitely "McBadAss" in this film, and not so "McDreamy".

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While I always enjoy the onscreen presence of Sam's parents (played by Kevin Dunn and Julie White), I felt the inclusion of Ron and Judy Witwicky was completely unnecessary for the story. Their roles were merely there for the comedic inconvenience and embarrassment that they cause their son.

Pleasant surprise "cameos": real-life Buzz Aldrin, Nixon, JFK, President Obama, and Fox News' Bill O'Reilly.



Toned Down Humor – Smaller Funny Bits

The sexual humor that many found offensive in the previous two films was significantly reduced in this movie. No more lubricating jokes, no more masturbation jokes, no more boxer jokes, no dog humping, no robot humping, no racially degrading comments. There was an oral sex innuendo from Carly to Sam, and a comment from Sam's mom about him being well-endowed, and a brief comment from Brains about Carly's panties or underwear drawer or something, but all of those comments were fairly brief and didn't seem to distract from what else was happening in the scene.

There were no words like "pussy" or "****" in this movie, which made me feel a little squeamish in ROTF. Either Wheelie or Brains says "dickhead" if I recall correctly, but it seemed rather appropriate.

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The Sound of Music and the Music of Sound

Steve Jablonsky's music score for DOTM continued to please me. Nothing struck me as out-of-place, but at the same time nothing caught my attention emotionally like "The Arrival" from the first film's score. I was glad the "corny" music from the first and second film (cue the music from when Sam arrived at the lake in the first movie) was absent from the third. I'm looking forward to purchasing Jablonsky's score when it becomes available on CD. Linkin Park's "Iridescent" was present in the film if I recall correctly, and I think the Goo Goo Dolls "All That You Are" is as well.



The sound quality of the film seemed great. I don't recall my ears hurting nor do I feel like I was ever having difficulty understanding anything. I don't recall a G1 transformation sound, hopefully someone catches one and can point it out. No complaints here from me about the audio.



Cartoon References or Coincidence

Several elements of Dark of the Moon reminded me of the fan-favorite three part cartoon "The Ultimate Doom". In that story, the Decepticons enslave mind-controlled humans and bring Cybertron into Earth's orbit via a space bridge. In Dark of the Moon, fearful or deceived humans are working for the Decepticons who want to bring Cybertron to Earth in order to use our planet's resources to repower their homeplanet. Very similar concepts.



One other similar concept that seemed pulled from the cartoons, was the Autobots' exile from Earth. While this scene seemed huge, and the Autobot shuttle looked magnificent, I couldn't help but feel that Megatron's Master Plan pulled this exile concept off better somehow … or at least with more emotional attachment. The whole scene should've felt more powerful in my opinion.



Transformers Characters

My personal favorite character, Soundwave, is still Frank Welker's Dr Claw voice minus the voice processing we all know and love from the original cartoon. Soundwave was one of Megatron's right hand "bots", standing by his side during what will be a very memorable on screen moment that had all three big time Decepticons in the same scene standing side-by-side (Megatron, Starscream, and Soundwave). While I was initially disappointed to hear that he transformed into a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG in DOTM, his role as Decepticon spy was served just as well by going undercover posing as Carly's car, which her Decepticon loving boss gave her as a "gift". His robot mode looked awesome and he has an awesome moment battling the Autobots before he gets slagged.

Laserbeak speaks, to which I feel indifferent about it. I kept having moments of nostalgia from the Japanese version of the original Transformers cartoons when Laserbeak and Ravage would speak. He's a cool little character that really kicks some butt in this film (albeit mostly humans, more about that later). He transforms into a multitude of objects in the movie. It'd be neat to see Hasbro come up with some other toy versions of Laserbeak. He even transformed into a small human sized red Bumblebee-looking robot to pose as a playmate to a daughter of one of his victims. There was an awesome nostalgic moment when Laserbeak rested/landed upon Soundwave's right arm. While he doesn't look exactly like the Laserbeak of old, I think this is a great representation of this character in live action form.

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Mirage was named Dino (pronounced "dee-no"), who looked very awesome. I mean, what Transformers fan doesn't love having an Autobot that transforms into a sexy, red Ferrari 458 Italia? Sucked seeing him share onscreen time with Sideswipe, who's basically the same character, when a red sports car should have been Sideswipe all along.

Wheeljack was named Q (Cue? Que?), who was a very disappointing addition to the Autobot roster. It wasn't so much the characterization (or lack thereof; who's onscreen role could've easily been given to the Autobot weapons specialist Ironhide), but the head design basically looked like a robotic skull with Albert Einstein's facial features and hair. I'm assuming they were trying to convey that this is an Autobot scientist or a really smart Transformer, but I'd like to think that most of the movie going audience is above having things shoved in their faces like that. The original Wheeljack has such a unique head design that it was a shame to not see that translate to the big screen. If you didn't like him either, don't worry, Soundwave executes him later in the film during a rather tense moment when it seems like all is lost to the Autobots.

For as big of a deal as it seems everyone has made about the Autobot subgroup known as the "Wreckers" (Leadfoot, Roadbuster, and Topspin), they really had minor roles for the most part. They were part of the crew working alongside the humans on the Autobots ship which they were exiled in, and the other major part they had was going with Bumblebee into the city when they ripped apart a Decepticon pilot who had crashed, and saving Optimus Prime when he got tangled in some wires after battling the Driller that was attacking the falling skyscraper Sam and the other humans were trapped in. I didn't think I'd like how Leadfoot looked onscreen, but he was easily one of my favorite product placements in the film. While I couldn't pinpoint any connection with the Wreckers voices, I can assure all of you that they did NOT have redneck voices which was a huge relief to me.

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Ratchet was in it considerably more than ROTF, however he still had few lines. Same voice actor as far as I could tell from the first film. He also seemed to have a modified face, but I'd have to get another look at it. He was with Optimus when they went to the Ark.

Sideswipe had at least one line, perhaps more. I felt like his onscreen time was replaced with that of Mirage Dino.

Sentinel Prime, voiced by Star Trek's Leonary Nimoy (who also voice Galvatron in the 1986 animated Transformers film), was one of the few Transformers to receive some characterization. His character underwent a harsh transformation from being Optimus Prime's predecessor and hero to being one of the major antagonists in the film. His ideals seemed to align more with that of Megatron and his Decepticons than with the heroic Autobots. He seemed far more concerned with saving the Cybertronian race and planet, which seems like all movie Megatron has wanted. There was no foreshadowing of Sentinel's betrayal. After bringing Sentinel back online, there was a nice moment where Optimus tried to give the Matrix to Sentinel, but oddly Sentinel declined. It seems like if he was inevitably going to betray the Autobots, that he should have taken the Matrix. His death at the end of the movie was very fitting, though I think it sucked seeing the heroic Optimus Prime killing his Autobot mentor.

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Sentinel's betrayal wasn't the moment that I wasn't expecting. It was how Sentinel viciously attacked the Autobots, and killed Ironhide! I didn't see that coming. I hadn't even heard any rumors of that happening. It was the only moment during the film that I was shocked at. I was especially shocked since Hasbro has heavily promoted Ironhide by having at least five toys of this character available at retail by the release date of the film.

Still no voice for Bumblebee! If you're wondering why he's holding his hands up to his head in the trailer, it's not because the sound is too loud … it's because his holding his hands up before he's almost executed by Soundwave and the Decepticons. Very tense, cool scene.

Shockwave's character was a waste to me. He looked awesome. He looked evil. But without even a full line (he said something at the Chernobyl scene but I think it was just "Optimus Prime" or something very basic), there was zero characterization. He could've just been another drone for all we know, well, a drone leading other drones. I was hoping for just a couple of lines to Megatron about something being logical or illogical, something that says that this is the character we've known and loved over the past 27 years. He was killed during the Chicago battle.

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I wasn't sure what to make of Starscream in this film. His character had been reduced to the worst traits of Starscream. Cowardly, whiny (?). He had two moments in the film that should have been more monumental and awe-inspiring … when he single handedly takes out the exiled Autobots' shuttle and when he takes on the sky divers by the Willis tower in the skies over Chicago. One of my favorite scenes in the Transformers film franchise is in the first movie during the final battle when Starscream takes on the other F-22 Raptors going back and forth between his robot mode and jet mode. That scene is one of the best uses of their ability to transform in the film. I was waiting for that "wow, that's so cool" moment to hit me with either of those scenes but that moment never happened.

The rumors about the cowardly villain Starscream meeting his maker were unfortunately true. Thankfully, he didn't get taken down singlehandedly by one of Epps buddies, which was the rumor we heard last summer. Disappointingly, he was taken down by Sam, who used a grappling hook device given to him by Q. Sam used the weapon to attach the hook to one of Starscream's eyes, which damages it. Starscream is ranting about his eyes and not being able to see. All I kept thinking during this scene is … can't Transformers "see" without their eyes. Seriously … how else would they "see" when they're in their vehicle modes if they didn't have alternative methods to see? If Starscream had just transformed into jet mode, would he have been able to "see" again? Starscream deserves a much better death scene than this. Fortunately, we have his far superior death courtesy of Galvatron in the 1986 film.

Ever wonder what happened to my favorite police car Decepticon Barricade? He went M.I.A., literally, during the final quarter of the first film, was M.I.A. for the entirety of ROTF, but finally makes a miraculous return during the Chicago battle scene. I was very happy to see him return. If I saw correctly, it looks like he received an update or two to his character model. It'd be nice to see some comparison shots of this. My happiness at Barricade's return lasted only momentarily as he was destroyed shortly thereafter.

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Skids and Mudflap were indeed missing from the film. I didn't even see them as additional robots during the scene where the Autobots were exiled from Earth. I didn't miss them though I do think they would have served as great cannon fodder.

Optimus Prime gets the movie version of his battle axe that reminded me of the axe he had during the Hoover dam battle against Megatron in a G1 "More Than Meets The Eye" cartoon episode.

Megatron says something to the affect of "what would you be without me" to which Optimus replies "Let's find out." and he proceeds to kill Megatron.



Random Scenes and Thoughts

The scene on the highway en route to Chicago turned out very cool. You might remember this as the scene where the infamous accident happened last summer in Hammond, Indiana that left Gabriela Cedillo, an extra in the film, permanently brain damaged and paralyzed. I meant to see if there was any mention of her in the credits, I'll have to look again tomorrow night. The "Dreads" were a very cool group of Decepticons. I really like their overall look, which is odd because I'm not a big fan of dreadlocks. Their unified and unique look just really stands out to me. I wasn't sure what to make of their "Mexican stand-off" with Ironhide and Sideswipe, but they seemed pretty cool in my book.

I felt confused as to why the Decepticons space bridged to Washington, D.C. then proceed to travel to invade Chicago. Why not either space bridge directly to Chicago or invade D.C. instead? The D.C. scene did give us a nice moment at the Lincoln Memorial where Megatron blows off President Lincoln's head, and the proceeds to remove Lincoln's statue so that Megatron could sit in his chair. One of the Decepticons scans a WM garbage truck after arriving in DC (I want this Transformer!).

Lots of humans get killed in this film. The Decepticons have a weapon that just kind of vaporizes a human after it blasts apart. In one scene, we see a human skull roll toward someone's foot after they were killed. Pretty graphic and intense. Not something I'd recommend for the kiddies to see.

I felt very uncomfortable when the Wreckers tore apart a Decepticon pilot. I just kept thinking "Autobots wouldn't do that!" Kind of reminded me of some of the Abu Ghraib situation a few years back.

The Autobot ship did indeed look awesome. Massive. They missed the opportunity to call the ship something like "Omega Supreme", maybe Hasbro will give us an Omega Supreme toy out of it just yet, but I wouldn't count on it. Someone in the film mentions that there are 9 Autobots, but I can't 11 if you count Wheelie and Brains (Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ratchet, Sideswipe, Topspin, Roadbuster, Leadfoot, Dino, and Que) who were aboard the ship if I recall correctly. The shuttle scene was a good scene, it just seemed to lack the emotion that such an important scene should have … especially when Starscream takes out the ship after it launches and apparently kills all of the Autobots aboard.

The whole Cybertron coming to Earth plot seemed a little much to me for the general movie going audience to understand. Without showing the full planet of Cybertron in DOTM, it seemed like it was a lot to ask people to understand that "Cybertron", the Transformers planet which much of the audience has never seen before, was being transported to our orbit. As a fan, I had a very difficult time seeing the large object that was coming through the space bridge portal as Cybertron. It seemed so unmonumental and so unnecessary to a Decepticon invasion of Earth that I felt distracted by that entire plot element (though it's what united Sentinel with Megatron). In addition, I couldn't tell what Cybertron's fate was. It looked as if Cybertron had imploded upon itself when the space bridge was destroyed yet without any dialogue in the film or concern from any of the Transformers, it's fate was left uncertain to me.

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After seeing more of the same storytelling problems from ROTF creep into DOTM, I can't help but feel that it's time for Michael Bay, Shia, and the rest of the crew to move onto other projects and make way for some new, fresh ideas to brought into the life of the Transformers films. I'd like to see what someone else can do with the Transformers now that they have proven that it's a successful toy-to-film franchise. I'd also like to see what other types of films Michael Bay wants to make as I can't believe that he would want to be best known for making the Transformers films. I think the movies are very entertaining films for what they are. No one claimed these would, or should, be Oscar award winning movies. The people who have worked on these films have done an amazing job, considering the source material started out as a toy line so many years ago.

No need to stay until the very end of the credits.



Honorable 3D Mention

Why no mention from me about 3D yet? To be blunt: I'm not a fan of 3D. Not at all. I see it for what it is … a ploy to give people something special at the theater that they can't get elsewhere and to make it more difficult for the bootleg "market". I'm looking forward to seeing DOTM in good ol' fashioned 2D. When I watch a 3D movie, I feel like I'm staring at those posters that doctor offices had back in the early 90s where you have to cross your eyes to see the hidden image in the picture. I also can't stand wearing glasses in the theater. It's just not my thing. Did this movie seem like a technical achievement in the 3D field? I can't judge that as I haven't seen any other movie in 3D except for James Cameron's Avatar.

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3D doesn't make me feel like I'm part of the movie at all, if anything, it makes me feel disjointed from the film because of how many times I notice the "3D" layers. It's extremely distracting and I don't recall ever thinking when viewing a 2D movie that I wished it had been in 3D. I keep thinking of that Best Buy "buy back" commercial where the girl is calling the guy a "silly head" because he bought a 3D TV instead of a 4D TV. I'm hoping 4D gets here soon because I can't stand this very "forced" 3D craze.

I hope someone important in the movie industry read my thoughts about 3D.


Meet The Press

I wanted to take a moment to personally thank Paramount for hooking me up with a Press pass for tonight's show at the AMC River East in downtown Chicago. I had the pleasure of meeting famed movie critic Roger Ebert this evening, who sat directly behind my wife at tonight's showing. It was a great experience and quite an honor. It was also a very fitting moment since Roger Ebert had mentioned Seibertron.com in his explanation about his review of Revenge of the Fallen.

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On a personal note, I think I'd prefer seeing a movie like DOTM with a regular audience any day. The press guys didn't laugh or gasp or anything during the movie. Either they thought DOTM sucked or they were all way too busy writing down notes on their pads of paper. To me, a big part of going opening night for a movie, or even some time during the opening week, is to catch the buzz that radiates through a movie theater that is excited about a film. I think it's unfortunate that the press people didn't get to experience this movie with the regular movie going audience. I'm looking forward to seeing DOTM on Tuesday night with family and friends and people from Seibertron.com who I know will be geeked and excited about seeing this film ... and are there to have fun and have a great time.


Wrap-Up

So you might be wondering exactly what I thought of this movie and what my recommendations are. I know I picked apart a lot of the movie above. I'm very, very passionate about Transformers. I'm also very protective of how we, the fans, see our Transformers. I just want our experience to be shared by everyone else. I want people to know why we like and love these Transformers characters. I gave it a 4 out of 5 on my Netflix account just now. If it wasn't a Transformers flick, I'd give it a 3 out of 5 mainly due to feeling that the story was confusing at times or incoherent. The special effects and technical achievements in this film were simply amazing … stunning even! They should win awards left and right for what pulled off with Chicago and for making huge leaps with the computer animation for the robots which continue to look better and better.

As I said at the beginning of this review, if you're a Transformers fan, you've got to go see this film so that you can tell the rest of us what you think about it. Don't base whether or not you see this movie based on my review. It's a fun movie. Go see it. You be the judge and tell us what you think after you see it.
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Re: Seibertron.com's review of Transformers Dark of the Moon: A Fan Perspective

Postby Bleak5170 » Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:12 am

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Thanks for the huge write-up. It's very appreciated. Normally I avoid spoilers like the plague but I've accidentally heard so many I just stopped caring. I was really hoping Ironhide's fate in the novel did not come to pass in the movie. :(

Can you tell me if Ratchet is in the movie more than he was ROTF, (where he had like 4 lines and a few sparse appearances)? I noticed he wasn't mentioned at all in your section on the TF characters so that doesn't bode well.
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Re: Seibertron.com's review of Transformers Dark of the Moon: A Fan Perspective

Postby chrisc4 » Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:48 am

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i hate to bombard you with question seibertron but how were the wreckers? did sideswipe talk?
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Re: Seibertron.com's review of Transformers Dark of the Moon: A Fan Perspective

Postby Seibertron » Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:57 am

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Bleak5170 wrote:Thanks for the huge write-up. It's very appreciated. Normally I avoid spoilers like the plague but I've accidentally heard so many I just stopped caring. I was really hoping Ironhide's fate in the novel did not come to pass in the movie. :(

Can you tell me if Ratchet is in the movie more than he was ROTF, (where he had like 4 lines and a few sparse appearances)? I noticed he wasn't mentioned at all in your section on the TF characters so that doesn't bode well.


Ratchet was in it considerably more than ROTF, however he still had few lines. Same voice actor as far as I could tell from the first film. He also seemed to have a modified face, but I'd have to get another look at it. He was with Optimus when they went to the Ark.
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Re: Seibertron.com's review of Transformers Dark of the Moon: A Fan Perspective

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chrisc4 wrote:i hate to bombard you with question seibertron but how were the wreckers? did sideswipe talk?


For as big of a deal as it seems everyone has made about the Autobot subgroup known as the "Wreckers" (Leadfoot, Roadbuster, and Topspin), they really had minor roles for the most part. They were part of the crew working alongside the humans on the Autobots ship which they were exiled in, and the other major part they had was going with Bumblebee into the city when they ripped apart a Decepticon pilot who had crashed, and saving Optimus Prime when he got tangled in some wires after battling the Driller that was attacking the falling skyscraper Sam and the other humans were trapped in. I didn't think I'd like how Leadfoot looked onscreen, but he was easily one of my favorite product placements in the film. While I couldn't pinpoint any connection with the Wreckers voices, I can assure all of you that they did NOT have redneck voices which was a huge relief to me.

Sideswipe had at least one line, perhaps more. I felt like his onscreen time was replaced with that of Mirage Dino.
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Re: Seibertron.com's review of Transformers Dark of the Moon: A Fan Perspective

Postby Autobot032 » Tue Jun 28, 2011 6:13 am

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I'm incredibly disappointed. I'm going to go see it, but my expectations have been lowered.
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Re: Seibertron.com's review of Transformers Dark of the Moon: A Fan Perspective

Postby Bleak5170 » Tue Jun 28, 2011 6:21 am

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Bleak5170 wrote:Thanks for the huge write-up. It's very appreciated. Normally I avoid spoilers like the plague but I've accidentally heard so many I just stopped caring. I was really hoping Ironhide's fate in the novel did not come to pass in the movie. :(

Can you tell me if Ratchet is in the movie more than he was ROTF, (where he had like 4 lines and a few sparse appearances)? I noticed he wasn't mentioned at all in your section on the TF characters so that doesn't bode well.


Ratchet was in it considerably more than ROTF, however he still had few lines. Same voice actor as far as I could tell from the first film. He also seemed to have a modified face, but I'd have to get another look at it. He was with Optimus when they went to the Ark.


Sweet. Thanks for answering. I don't mind if he doesn't speak a lot - at least he's there. I'm curious to see his modified face. I always thought he had the most indistinguishable face of all the TFs in the movies. The others were more a lot more anthropomorphic than his.
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Re: Share your reviews of Transformers Dark of the Moon here!

Postby Seibertron » Tue Jun 28, 2011 6:27 am

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So much more to say ... I'll have to update this review some more tomorrow. I've been working on it for 7.5 hours and I'm beat. Got to go to bed for a few hours before my daughter wakes us up.
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Re: Share your reviews of Transformers Dark of the Moon here!

Postby Cheesinator » Tue Jun 28, 2011 6:36 am

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Oh man, Megatron dies at the end? That really sucks. I absolutely loved the arc his character had in the book, but I'm guessing that's completely out the window in the movie.

In fact, aside from that and Sentinel's betrayal, doesn't the entire story boil down to 'Decepticons attack but Optimus brutally murders all of them'...again?
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Re: Share your reviews of Transformers Dark of the Moon here!

Postby Autobot032 » Tue Jun 28, 2011 6:39 am

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Cheesinator wrote:Oh man, Megatron dies at the end? That really sucks. I absolutely loved the arc his character had in the book, but I'm guessing that's completely out the window in the movie.

In fact, aside from that and Sentinel's betrayal, doesn't the entire story boil down to 'Decepticons attack but Optimus brutally murders all of them'...again?


Now? It does. *shakes head*
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Re: Share your reviews of Transformers Dark of the Moon here!

Postby cybercat » Tue Jun 28, 2011 6:46 am

First, thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. I've actually been torn about seeing this movie since I heard some of the spoilers from IDW (the two major canon character deaths you mentioned) and, well, ROTF. It's great to have a FAN review, rather than some outsider--though those are valid, too--which goes into such depth.

I can say that Mudflap and Skids show up briefly in the movie adaptation comics (which I have been reading and are everything you complain about narrative-wise as well),and they are executed by Sentinel right after Ironhide.

I'm of course distressed to hear about my dorito's untimely demise. Then again, I'd more or less expected it the last two movies. :)

I can't say I"m surprised by the 'fanservice' upskirt of Carly, but then again, Bay's idea of what's appropriate for family viewing is a bit...off (testicle jokes, anyone?) As they said about him in the HOF video, he knows what the male audience wants to see.

Unfortunately, I am not male.

I'm most distressed, of course, that it's more about the people than the 'bots. I had this response to the comics as well--WHO ARE ALL THESE PEOPLE (is there a throwaway racefail character named Wang in the film?) and why am I seeing so many of THEM and so few ROBOTS?!?! Again, as Bay himself said, he hated the franchise until he took it and changed it. He changed it mostly by making it NOT about the canon characters we love, but about these dippy humans.


ANYWAY, thanks for a great review. You haven't tipped the balance of whether I see it this week or not, but expectations? SUITABLY LOWERED.

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Re: Share your reviews of Transformers Dark of the Moon here!

Postby Counterpunch » Tue Jun 28, 2011 6:49 am

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Cheesinator wrote:In fact, aside from that and Sentinel's betrayal, doesn't the entire story boil down to 'Decepticons attack but Optimus brutally murders all of them'...again?


You can't "murder" active combatants in a war of extinction.
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Re: Share your reviews of Transformers Dark of the Moon here!

Postby cybercat » Tue Jun 28, 2011 6:54 am

I think chees's point was that Optimus's ethics are a bit...darker than previous incarnations of Autobots? I remember being more than a little dismayed in ROTF when Bumblebee skinned Ravage and that whole 'gimme ur fais' meme. In my Geewunner head? AUTOBOTS DON"T DO THAT. They fight, but they're not brutal thugs.

If they are, do they deserve to win?

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Re: Share your reviews of Transformers Dark of the Moon here!

Postby starscreamreturns » Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:02 am

So i'm still sad about starscreams death :-(
Everything else i like that he said,it would be better if shockwave did more i guess.
But i cant wait for this i'm excited!
also i have an idea for a 4th depending on how this one ends. And even if shias gone i think with some cooperation he'd make a small appearence because my idea barely includes sam.
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Re: Share your reviews of Transformers Dark of the Moon here!

Postby Cheesinator » Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:08 am

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hellkitty wrote:I think chees's point was that Optimus's ethics are a bit...darker than previous incarnations of Autobots? I remember being more than a little dismayed in ROTF when Bumblebee skinned Ravage and that whole 'gimme ur fais' meme. In my Geewunner head? AUTOBOTS DON"T DO THAT. They fight, but they're not brutal thugs.

If they are, do they deserve to win?

HK, not had tea yet, and philosophizin'.


Yeah, this^. Prime is a bit of a psycho in these movies ("We'll kill them all!" "Give me your face!" being lovely examples). The entire plot of ROTF was that Prime can and will kill everything that opposes him, with even death being a temporary setback.

I'm actually a huge fan of the Bayverse movies, but I definitely prefer pretty much every other incarnation of Prime. I thought he was supposed to be a wise, good leader who always sought peace and valued life and freedom above all else. If Megatron is portrayed in DOTM like he is in the novel (ie, severely weakened and tired of the war), I really don't see how Prime can justifiably kill him in cold blood. Uh, oil.
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Re: Share your reviews of Transformers Dark of the Moon here!

Postby Autobot Scum » Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:13 am

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Nice write up, seibs. I got to meet Siskel and Ebert when 5th element came out... or at least have ebert turn around and ask me to shut up.

I have no comment on the content of the film itself.. Not yet, anyway.
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Re: Seibertron.com's review of Transformers Dark of the Moon: A Fan Perspective

Postby vegetacron » Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:14 am

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Autobot032 wrote:I'm incredibly disappointed. I'm going to go see it, but my expectations have been lowered.



Yeah...Same here.
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Re: Share your reviews of Transformers Dark of the Moon here!

Postby Bleak5170 » Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:19 am

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I can't say I"m surprised by the 'fanservice' upskirt of Carly, but then again, Bay's idea of what's appropriate for family viewing is a bit...off (testicle jokes, anyone?) As they said about him in the HOF video, he knows what the male audience wants to see.

Unfortunately, I am not male.



I like Bay's movies but he's kind of an idiot. I'm male and I don't want to see either of those. Maybe if I was like 12 I would find giant testicles on a robot funny, (or perhaps not really), and I don't watch a movie like this for up-skirt shots.
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Re: Share your reviews of Transformers Dark of the Moon here!

Postby Tekka » Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:35 am

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Cheesinator wrote:"We'll kill them all!"

It's lines like this and the total departure from the virtuous Optimus Prime chariacture that I know, is what ensures that this character will never find a place among my fond memories. There is one way this could change however, and that would be for some explanation as to why he is the way he is.

If there is one overriding factor that makes the storytelling in these movies sub par, it is that the histories, motivations, and feelings of the individual Transformers are largely ignored in favour of focus on human interest and comedy.

Optimus is a 'prime' example of this. When his ally, Jazz, meets his end, he doesn't seem to care. His home planet is doomed to oblivion, he doesn't seem to care. I wouldn't go as far as to call him an emotionless monster, since he seems to do an excellent job of protecting humans and their interests under the banner of justice, but he is seemingly cold and devoid of sympathy for anyone and anything that doesn't go squish underfoot. Even the much disputed execution of Demolisher displays to me only that he has no respect for existence of his own species.

I know, it's an analysis of story elements that probably weren't given much consideration.

But a little to nod to his history, perhaps what the Decepticons may have done to desensitize him in the past, would go a long long way to allaying the impression that this Prime is little more than a thunderous brute.
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Re: Share your reviews of Transformers Dark of the Moon here!

Postby dragons » Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:38 am

no offense you should put in title some spoilers in description what happens to what chARACTER stupid caps lock i stopped reading half way hrough.

3d i feel same way you do your prblem problem with 3d is differnt i wear glasses when i watch movies you dont for me to see film in 3d is to have 2 pairs of glasses on my face not fun not comfterable & its very overused in movies & games now
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Re: Share your reviews of Transformers Dark of the Moon here!

Postby Counterpunch » Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:46 am

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RE: Prime's war strategy and "brutishness"

Deal with this hypothetical scenario in a manner you find to be appropriate. Here is what you need to know:

- You and I are enemies. We have irreconcilable differences.
- I plan to destroy you and everything you love and cherish.
- I will not relent, ever.
- If you defeat me and show me mercy, I promise that I will smite you for it at the earliest opportunity.
- If I can not defeat you outright, I will prey upon people and things you care about without pause, without mercy, and without thought for consequence.
- If you imprison me, I will work the system until everyone believe I am reformed and when I am freed I will kill you and everything you care about. I will NEVER EVER stop.

Please tell me your scenario for victory with the understanding of who your opponent now is.
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Re: Share your reviews of Transformers Dark of the Moon here!

Postby Tekka » Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:52 am

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The problem is not the method in which the fighting and killing is done, but the lack of character exposition which leads to this line of thinking.
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Re: Share your reviews of Transformers Dark of the Moon here!

Postby NemesisMonkeySupreme » Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:54 am

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Bleak5170 wrote:
hellkitty wrote:
I can't say I"m surprised by the 'fanservice' upskirt of Carly, but then again, Bay's idea of what's appropriate for family viewing is a bit...off (testicle jokes, anyone?) As they said about him in the HOF video, he knows what the male audience wants to see.

Unfortunately, I am not male.



I like Bay's movies but he's kind of an idiot. I'm male and I don't want to see either of those. Maybe if I was like 12 I would find giant testicles on a robot funny, (or perhaps not really), and I don't watch a movie like this for up-skirt shots.

Or maybe if he (Bay) didn't have a thing for trollops, though I suppose that is entirely subjective, but tends to follow what I see as his lowest common denominator approach to filmmaking.

You can probably guess I'm not a fan of these films and I don't really see this one (once it's on Netflix) changing my mind, but hearty commendations for the work put into this review. A lot of us may disagree and argue about the films and figures and Prime-knows-what-else but I think we can all agree that it's this kind of dedication that keeps us coming back to Seibertron.com. :APPLAUSE:
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Re: Share your reviews of Transformers Dark of the Moon here!

Postby Counterpunch » Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:56 am

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Tekka wrote:The problem is not the method in which the fighting and killing is done, but the lack of character exposition which leads to this line of thinking.


It's not necessary to explain that via exposition. An army from outer-space is teleporting in with their tentacle monster.

Hesitation is death.

If Prime has to be a rattle-craddle murder machine to save me from outer-space tentacle monsters and genocidal robots, then get out the way because me and my buddy Prime are killing them all.
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Re: Share your reviews of Transformers Dark of the Moon here!

Postby Counterpunch » Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:58 am

Motto: "...and I used to be such a nice guy."
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Counterpunch wrote:
Tekka wrote:The problem is not the method in which the fighting and killing is done, but the lack of character exposition which leads to this line of thinking.


It's not necessary to explain that via exposition. An army from outer-space is teleporting in with their tentacle monster.

Hesitation is death.

If Prime has to be a rattle-craddle murder machine to save me from outer-space tentacle monsters and genocidal robots, then get out the way because me and my buddy Prime are killing them all.


Also, up-skirt shots keep morale high. USA! USA! USA!...and sometimes Japan! Nihon Ichiban!

(oops, sorry for the double post instead of edit, hit the wrong button)
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