Sound Off: Michael Bay's 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' - Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
June 27, 2014
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Prepare for extinction. Now playing everywhere is Michael Bay's next robot action sequel Transformers: Age of Extinction, giving him a fresh start after Pain & Gain. There's no Shia, instead it stars Mark Wahlberg, who is the father of a dashing young teen played by Nicola Peltz, who has a boyfriend played by Jack Reynor. Yea, it's all a bit complicated, and there's tons of big robots, plus wacky Stanley Tucci, no Turturro but T.J. Miller as comic relief, plus Kelsey Grammer in there and John Goodman as the Autobot Hound. Of course, Optimus is back. Is it fun at all? Good/bad? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Bay's TF4: Age of Extinction.
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To fuel this Transformer, I am not the biggest fan of Transformers: Age of Extinction, at least on first take. I'm actually a big fan of Bay and enjoyed the last Transformers movie quite a bit, the action scenes were amazing. But with Age of Extinction it's a whole new pace, a whole new feeling. The first problem - while Wahlberg is usually good, the dialogue here is just awful. It's laughably terrible in spots, especially at the beginning establishing characters. I'm not sure if it will translate well (and the movie will be a huge hit in China), but there's so much excessive product placement and political placement, with an eventual move to China that is just soaked with beautiful shots of cities, especially Hong Kong, before they get ravaged by the robots. Ya, that was occasionally fun to watch, but not any more than before. I still like the first one the best.
It was actually odd how much some of the action seem toned back compared to Dark of the Moon. Much more agile, and all about little moments that build to bigger things; I would compare it to the way Iron Man 3's action is more nimble than the others. The story is so thin and it's all about so much ridiculous yelling and the CIA and China and this and that and oh my, robots, everyone hates them! No one likes them! Let's kill them all! But wait, they're all going to kill us! Crap. Finally, when we get to the Dinobots, they're just kind of quickly used, we get a few awesome action beats, then they go away. No explanation, no history, no long connection that will last. That's it, goodbye, you got some Dinobots now stop asking for them. Not enough. Overall a mild disappointment, just a bit too boring, as crazy as that seems for a Bay action movie.
What did you think of Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction? Awesome or terrible?
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