Dear Transformers: Dark of the Moon
As the third installment of the Transformers franchise, you are the worst film in the series. For much of the first part of your run time, there was too much emphasis placed on helping Sam to win his own personal battles: getting a job and keeping his relationship. For once, Sam wanted to feel needed, and he was not afraid to express his love for his girlfriend. These story lines would have been more effective in the second or first film of your franchise.
In the first film we understand how Sam’s family history makes him Earth’s human hero, but the narrative about Sam’s situation in this film would have been a more effective one. Perhaps, as the last film of this current franchise, there should have been a stronger focus on how Earth and the autobots would survive the war, seeing as they were outnumbered by the decepticons.
In your beginning, we are exposed to a sloppily executed exchange of scenes between mankind’s accomplishment of landing on the moon during President Kennedy’s administration, and celebrating that achievement as if it occurred yesterday. In fact, there is a major setback in attempting to present Kennedy in both time periods as well. It serves no purpose to the story, so you are left wondering why the narrative was made that way to begin with.
We then learn about the discovery of Sentinel Prime, but the significance of that discovery is not understood until later in the film. This was a major flaw in terms of the film’s length. The final minutes were the best by far because of the final battle between the autobots and decepticons. As opposed to feeling excitement and satisfaction at your end, relief is the feeling you inspire because I could feel every minute of your two and a half hour production.
While there are a few twists to your plot that keep one’s interest, your focus does not appear to be to entertain the audience. Your pace is slow throughout, until the final battle, and the humor appears to be forced because without it the film would not be as enjoyable. While the biggest threats were felt the most in this film, they were not enough to salvage it.
The first film of your franchise was successful because of its heart, and the childhood memories of the television show and action figures that it brought back. The second film did not do as well because it lacked the heart of the first, and it was done with the directorial philosophy that bigger is better – that bigger sound effects and explosions should be enough to make the film superior to the first. However, as is often the case, sequels fail to surpass the original films because the focus is to improve, but there is no clear objectivity as to how to do that.
Rather than end the on a strong note like in the previous films, I get the feeling that you may be the last in the franchise. There are no hints at another film, and it appears that the enemies are defeated. At times you had similarities to the heart of the first film, but you lacks the prolonged excitement of a franchise’s third installment.