So, the wife and I just came from Transformers 4: Age of Extinction. While the movie has gotten both good reviews and bad reviews, mostly bad, I’ve got to say just a few words about the movie. Yes, this is a review… sort of.
Michael Bay honestly needs more story and less explosions. The fact that there were as many explosions in this movie as there were makes me believe that he thinks that replacing story with explosions is acceptable. It is not, sir, it is not.
The first Transformers movie was… well, it was fairly okay. Out of 5 stars, I’d give it a 4. A self contained story that could have easily been the only Michael Bay Transformers we’d ever need. Then Bay did 2 (2 stars) and 3 (2 stars), leaving me wanting more Transformers but not because his was any good. Revenge of the Fallen wasn’t inherently bad but if he’d have gone with the “seeding the story” arc better rather than pasting on the amazing back story like we wouldn’t notice was poor choice. Dark of the Moon was another bad decision covered up by massive amounts of explosions. There should have been a reboot here, honestly.
Nope. Age of Extinction starts us in the middle of something that wasn’t really explained entirely, like the bounty hunter and why humans hated Autobots but not the thing helping them hunt the Autobots. They’re all Transformers, people, it’s like the X-Men hate when they accept Human Torch and Captain America without question. The back story, again, was pasted on and covered with explosions. Not a great decision.
I will give Age of Extinction one distinction over Dark of the Moon and Revenge of the Fallen: it had dinosaurs in it. In fact, that was really all that made that movie better than the previous two because Bay doesn’t know how to handle any of the Transformers except Optimus Prime and Megatron. He screwed up the Constructicons, he barely made a Dinobot worth a damn, and I don’t want to talk about his erotic love connection with Bumble Bee. For the love of all that is holy, reboot this franchise and get Bay OFF it.
I’d give this one a 2 star rating, but make it known that it IS better than both 2 and 3. I could have done without an hour or so of the movie, too, but I can only complain about so much.
That is all.