I remember watching the previews for Transformers: Age of Extinction months ago and while I don’t remember what movie I was watching then, I do remember being utterly excited for this new movie. It’s funny because I actually saw the sequel first. Talk about ass backwards. Needless to say, I enjoyed it a lot more. (I fell asleep during the original movie, but that’s beyond the point). The point is that with every new sequel, excitement arises and so it’s rather disappointing to read the many crappy reviews.
The first fall hits home when we realize there’s no Shia LaBeouf. What’s a Transformers movie with no Shia LaBeouf for crying out loud? However, to Michael Bay’s defense he did come back strong after cutting Megan Fox so who’s to say Mark Wahlberg wouldn’t be equally as awesome to look at?
I’m on the fence about this 165 minute film only because I’m not quite sure what to expect, but as we look back at the first three movies can we ever really say we’ve been disappointed? Reviewers are stating this movie is nothing new…bla-bla-bla. Has Fast & Furious ever developed a new concept? There’s cars, speed and chases. In a similar fashion Transformers movies will always have good robots, bad robots, threats and a war. I’m opting in, but that’s just me. Behold, the [shitty] reviews.
NewYorkTimes: “It reminds you what these movies are really about: a boy at play, reveling in the creative and destructive power, and the glorious uselessness, of his own imagination.”
Miami Herald: “[A] visually stunning, technically impressive and crushingly dumb and overlong picture.”
The Hollywood Reporter: “Belying its ominous title, Age of Extinction barely skirts the idea that humankind and planet Earth are about to be totally annihilated. What is extinguished is the audience’s consciousness after being bombarded for nearly three hours with overwrought emotions…bad one-liners and battles that rarely rise above the banal.”
Chicago Sun-Times: “Age of Extinction is just another warmed-over, cynical, ATM machine of a movie. It’s soulless eye candy.”
RottenTomatoes: “While believable characters are hard to come by in Transformers, the effects are staggering and the action is exhilarating.”
RollingStone: “Bay, with the help of screenwriter Ehren Kruger, is telling the same damn story as he did before. But this time he’s taking more time than ever to do it. Just shy of three hours, Transformers: Age of Extinction, whether you see it in 2D, 3D or IMAX 3D, is a punishing endurance test. Even fans of the series, and they are legion, must know that the Hasbro toys that inspired the films have more complexity and feeling.”
Forbes: “If you’re looking for the film that makes the Transformers the real main characters and gives them the best part of the story and the best, most resonant arcs, then Age of Extinction is your ticket.”
SFGate: “Imagine if instead of creating new music, a recording artist kept putting out the exact same album, just playing the songs a little louder each time. That’s what it feels like watching ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction.'”