Possible spoilers ahead!
The fourth film in the Transformers”series is a soft reboot. Although the movie is part of continuity it dispenses with all the characters from the previous films. Unfortunately “Transformers: Age Of Extinction” did not dispense of Director Michael Bay. However, I find myself in unfamiliar territory: I frekin’ loved “Transformers: Age Of Extinction.”
For the first time, I found myself enjoying one of these movies. I liked the story, the characters, the action, and even the humor. Me liking a Transformers movie is unexpected to say the least, as I was fully prepared to hate this movie. So does this mean Michael Bay has returned to my good graces?
Hell no. Michael Bay is still a vicious life-sucking douche from which there is no escape. But I’m willing to give him a pass, because “Transformers: Age Of Extinction” is the best Transformers movie to date.
This movie takes place a couple of years after the end of 2011’s craptacular “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” and things have changed for the robots in disguise:; The U.S. government is now against all bots because they wrecked Chicago, killing many.
Now Kelsey Grammer leads a C.I.A. team to purge the world of the Transformers. Helping Frasier is Stanley Tucci, who owns a company which si trying to create its own Transformers. Although he hates the Transformers, Kelsey Grammer is also getting a little extraterrestrial help in the form of Lockdown.
The cast changes don’t stop there. Mark Wahlberg stars as down on his luck Texas inventor/handyman, and widower Cade Yeager. He’s about to lose his house to foreclosure and he’s constantly trying to keep boys away from his very hot daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz).
The scenes introducing this family were some of the best in the movie. You got a sense of what life was like for each of them.
One day while buying scraps, Mark Wahlberg buy a beat up old truck and he ends up with Optimus Prime in his garage. Not long after all hell breaks loose and things go “BOOM!” and “KA-BOOM!” and the hot daughter runs in slow motion and we’re off to the races.
The cast is a massive upgrade from Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, and Josh Duhamel. I found myself rooting for Wahlberg and his hot daughter, unlike when I hoped an Autobot would step on Shia LaBeouf. Stanley Tucci steals most of his scenes and brings some great humor to his role.
I truly enjoyed “Transformers: Age Of Extinction,” but I can’t deny the fact this movie is way too long. Clocking in at 2 hours and 37 minutes, I felt jet lagged when I got up from my seat. Age Of Extinction could easily have been split into two movies, and the filmmaker had the perfect spot in which to top: When Optimus Prime and Nicola Peltz get captured by Lockdown.
I thought the robots looked better than usual, and with fewer Autobots it was easier to figure out who was fighting who. The movie also has some excellent fight scenes, and my favorite was the one on the freeway. Great special effects in that battle. And I was happy that there was some tought put into the Dinobots. There is a reason for them being there, and why they’re dinosaurs, but I won’t spoil that here.
“Transformers: Age Of Extinction” is not for everyone, but it is everything that a summer movie should be: Big, loud, action packed, and funny. And if i liked it, the filmmakers did something right.
“Transformers: Age Of Extinction” final score: 8