Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Transformers – Age of Extinction

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 18% (Critics) / 65% (Audience)
Directed By: Michael Bay
Written By: Ehren Kruger
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci and Kelsey Grammer
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Synopsis: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION begins after an epic battle left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history…while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs. With help from a new cast of humans (led by Mark Wahlberg), Optimus Prime and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world. – (Source)

The Good:
Mark Wahlberg may be the last actor I would pick when casting the part of an absent-minded robotics pseudo-genius but he is an incredibly likable actor and his presence alone is a major upgrade from Shia LeBouf.

The Bad:
Where to start? Maybe the pacing that made it seem like an ADD high school student was in charge of directing this film? Or the fact that editing was so slapdash and haphazard that I would not be shocked if edits were made by rolling dice.
And why were so many of the characters so obnoxious? From the lead character’s bratty daughter to her douchebag boyfriend to even Optimus Prime being a bloodthirsty asshat (most of his dialogue consisted of a variation of him screaming “I’ll kill you!”)…the default setting for every character was annoying.
This movie was also interminably long. I actually found myself getting angry that it wasn’t over during the last seemingly endless hour of explosions, bad voice acting and sloppy CGI.

The Ugly:
Only Michael Bay at his worst could take all of the childlike fun out of the Dinobots.

Final Verdict: An appalling example of Hollywood excess where just because the budget was available to him, Bay had to spend it on more of everything till the viewer just becomes numb to it all. A more painfully overlong and joyless time at the movies I cannot remember experiencing in recent memory.

Grade: D

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