July 03, 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (AMC Loews 34th Street 14)

On Friday, we caught the 3:30 showing of Transformers: Dark of the Moon in 3D at the AMC 34th Street 14, which, you might remember, we had some wonderful words for last week. We didn't play hooky from work to see a movie - we were both let out early due to the holiday weekend. The thug count was lower than usual today, so there aren't really any interesting stories about our fellow patrons. It was a good day, further solidifying our stance that the AMC Loews 34th Street 14 is a hit-or-miss place to see a film. We did have people sitting next to us on each side checking their phones every few minutes, but the sad reality is, that's as typical as moviegoers eating popcorn nowadays.
We caught the flick in 3D because it was shot that way and we'd been hearing good things about the effects and the use of 3D throughout the film. Plus, Bay urged theaters to project the film at higher brightness levels. We were curious to see if we could notice any difference (and we think we did).

Erica: This is the first Transformers movie I have seen, I have drawn a conclusion that I don't think I have been missing much. Basically I can sum up the movie by saying that robots blow up, bad acting is plentiful and there is a new hot girl wearing low cut, tight clothes (must have missed that on the cartoon). I am not saying the movie was bad, I am just making an observation. I noticed that a lot of little boys and young 20-something men dominated the audience, and they are the perfect audience for this film. As far as the 3D goes, I forgot after a while I was watching it in 3D due to the fact that nothing spectacular happened in 3D (nothing came out of the screen). I definitely do not think it was worth the extra money for the 3D option in the case of this film. I am passing this review over to Mike, who has seen all 3 as he has a better perspective on the films than I have.
Mike: I disagree on the 3D. I thought it was used well throughout, and I found this to be one of the few instances where the 3D was cool enough to consider it worth the surcharge. As for the movie, what's there to say? It's another stupid Transformers movie. I enjoyed the first one but wasn't crazy about it, and I found the second one to be one of the worst films of 2009. Number 3 is an improvement - about on par with the first. I think Shia LaBeouf is incredibly annoying, and in this one he's especially obnoxious.
I must admit that I'm fascinated with Michael Bay's casting of leading ladies for the Transformers series. They are both super-attractive, can't act, and have one single minor but disturbing flaw. Megan Fox has her mongoloid thumbs. Her body is absolutely goddess-perfect, except for those thumbs, which you thankfully don't see very often. Her replacement in Transformers 3 is Rosie Huntington-Whiteley who, okay, aside from her inability to pick two names, also has just one creepy flaw. But her flaw is, in my mind, way worse than Fox's:

What the hell is up with her upper lip? Throughout the entire film, I couldn't help but imagine how much it would hurt if my upper lip was swollen like that. It looks like it was stung by a bee, once on each side. Seriously, I bet she could pull her upper lip up all the way over her face. Every other inch of her body is perfect and amazing, but those bee-sting lips give me nightmares. I would have preferred to see Kathy Bates in the part if I had to choose between the two.

To sum it up, Transformers 3 sucked, but not as much as the second one. It's enjoyable if you can get past the film's many, many cringe-worthy moments. Go see it if you're a boy between the ages of 8 and 13.

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