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Old June 25 2014, 08:41 PM   #1
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Transformers: Age of Extinction - Grading & Discussion

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Get ready for nearly 3 hours of Galvatron and mayhem and dinobots galore!
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Old June 27 2014, 01:09 AM   #2
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Back to the top. The movie opens tonight in North America.

Fandango has announced that "Transformers: Age of Extinction" is obliterating all the competition on its advance ticketing service.

The film currently holds 96% of all ticket presales for its opening weekend, cementing the chances of it reaching its early tracking numbers which indicated the film may open to more than $100 million domestically for the weekend.
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The article goes on to say that the reviews aren't good and it isn't scoring well. As of this posting, it has the lowest score out of all four movies on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.
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Old June 27 2014, 01:48 AM   #3
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I don't care how terrible it is, I am damn excited to see this mindless spectacle
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Old June 27 2014, 05:06 AM   #4
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Tentative plans to go Sunday.

The film was 44% on rottentomatoes yesterday. Now I see it's plummeted to 17%. Yikes! Although that's about par for the course for this franchise.

I concur with Mr Light's sentiments.
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Old June 27 2014, 05:22 AM   #5
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The film was 44% on rottentomatoes yesterday. Now I see it's plummeted to 17%. Yikes! Although that's about par for the course for this franchise.
That's almost enough to make me want to see it after all. The reviews are so dire that I've gotten really curious to see what all the fuss is about.
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Old June 27 2014, 05:57 AM   #6
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If Frozen was made by Michael Bay

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Old June 27 2014, 11:23 AM   #7
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Since i'm done with wasting money on these movies just spoil me someone. Is Unicron in this one? (complete speculation) How shitty are the characters this time?
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Old June 27 2014, 12:35 PM   #8
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Old June 27 2014, 03:34 PM   #9
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I saw it last night. I don't know if going in with really low expectations helped but it was better than I thought it would be. Yes, it was another Bayformers spectacle, and yes, it was long but it had a number of positives…
  • It had some decent story threads amidst the action. Your milage might vary, but a lot of what we got story-wise did capture and hold my interest. I was also surprised at how much the human element played in this movie. At one point, it even felt more like a Bourne movie than a Transformers movie. If you've seen this thing, you'll know what I'm talking about. It was still very much a Transformers movie though and our Autobots and Decepticons got their arc and screentime in what I thought was a balanced film.

  • Kelsey Grammer, Titus Welliver and Stanley Tucci put in some great performances, and dare I say it, probably among the best of their careers. I've rarely seen a genuinely menacing, cold and frightening villain like the one I saw in Kelsey Grammer. Titus Welliver as the hired mercenary was truly badass, and Stanley Tucci really played up the megalomaniac, doing so with just the right amount of mustache-twirling hamminess. I'd say it's a shame that the trailers didn't promote them more, but they aren't Mark Wahlberg and this is about giant robots fighting, after all.

  • Michael Bay seems to have dialed back his signature excess. Yes, some of the pyrotechnics were his usual over-the-top displays of style over substance but he managed to use some of them to serve the action as opposed to being there strictly for the 'cool' factor. There was also a lot less overt patriotism and what we did get served the plot. And the puerile humor that was present in the previous films was done away with quite a bit. I like my puerile humor, but if you don't, you're in for a bit of a refreshing change. Also, Bay wasn't about to let Nicola Peltz go by without putting her in short shorts, but as part of his dialing things back, he had good old dad raise a stink about getting her into some proper pants. I like my gratuitous short shorts, but if you don't, you're in for a bit of a refreshing change.

  • I thought… Great! Megatron is sidelined again. Fortunately though, they did do something with him that I thought was clever, or at least more clever that what I might have expected from a movie like this.

  • The Dinobots were handled to my satisfaction. Their rationale for being robot dinosaurs was believable and they were true to the spirit of the Generation 1 animated series.

  • I liked seeing the Autobots hiding out in the desert. It was another nice homage to G1.

The negatives…
  • The afore mentioned runtime.

  • There was a lack of really interesting transformers like more combiners, Omega Supreme, Unicron, etc.

  • A chunk of the third act really dragged.

I'd say it had more good than bad, so I'm curious about why the scoring is as low as it is. I didn't find this to be the worst of the four movies. Is this a great movie? Was I blown away? No. But I liked a lot of it and was pleasantly surprised.
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Old June 27 2014, 05:35 PM   #10
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Old June 27 2014, 05:50 PM   #11
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I'd say it had more good than bad, so I'm curious about why the scoring is as low as it is. I didn't find this to be the worst of the four movies. Is this a great movie? Was I blown away? No. But I liked a lot of it and was pleasantly surprised.
I think a lot of it is that critics are just sick and tired of the series as a whole by this point. Even if this movie is genuinely better than, say, the second one, it still basically feels like "more of the same" to them in the end.

And I can't really say I blame them. Even if this new movie is halfway decent, I still have less interest than ever in watching a Michael Bay Transformers movie.
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Old June 27 2014, 08:04 PM   #12
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For a change* it's not out here in the UK for two more weeks
(* as every big Marvel movie seems to come out earlier here)

But even so I'm thinking I'll pass on this. Sounds just as bad as the others. And 2 hours 40 minutes of Bay Transformers? No thanks.
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Old June 27 2014, 10:40 PM   #13
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I find that last bit impossible.
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Old June 27 2014, 11:11 PM   #14
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As do I. But, somehow, I can believe it nonetheless. Which blows my mind.
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As do I. But, somehow, I can believe it nonetheless. Which blows my mind.
Does Wahlberg chatter like an insane monkey?

Does Whalberg splatter the word "No" out like he gets paid by the syllable?

Does Whalberg needless scream like a drunk banshee throughout all of the action scenes?

Is Whalberg's character just a complete douchey asshole?

I've watched all of the other TF movies this past week, with Rifftrax, and Shia's character is just insufferably annoying and terrible. There's not one iota of redeeming value in him making him a worthy main character.

Particularly in the 3rd one where he acts like a butt-hurt child. Which I think is mostly due to LaBeouf's limitations as an actor, his screen presence or maybe it's just the "arc" for his character over the movies was more of downward spiral.

He's looking for a job and he's talking to Malkovich's character after an interview that netted him a job in the mail-room and he comes across as whiny as he says, "I can't tell you how or when but I've saves your life..." I think it's supposed to come across as dark and brooding, which would work for a better-grounded character or probably an actor with a darker side to him to make this come across as a lost hero moment.

With LeBouf? He just comes across as a whiny asshole.

God-damn, I can still hear his screaming in my head during... oh so many scenes in that movie. When he loses his shit at the stop-gate at the military instalation where the Autobots are, during the freeway chase where Bumblebee transforms mid-chase and just soo, sooo, painful.

I REFUSE to believe Whalberg is worse in this movie than LeBouf is in his, particularly 3.
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