Oy. I don’t know what to make of Michael Baynis’ newest kaboomaganza, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon. It actually looks kind of exciting. It actually looks kind of cool. There are some pretty damn impressive shots in the trailers, and the newest are no exceptions. Bay seems to be avoiding one of the things that made the prior two films rather unbearable — at least it’s not (at least, based on the two minutes of footage below) edited to absolute death. It still looks like it’s gonna give people headaches, but there are a couple of shots — Optimus rampaging through some bad guys, Bumblebee rescuing guys falling off of a destroyed building — that are just a single shot. One of my numerous gripes about the last film was that the editing was so hyperactive that I simply had no fucking idea what was going on, and you could never really get a good picture of what the robots actually looked like in action.
The thing that’ll sink it, inevitably, will be the dialogue, which will in all likelihood be clunky, painfully trite, and completely lacking in subtlety. I can live with that, as long as there isn’t too much of it, and the trailers, wisely perhaps, are eschewing too much dialogue and just showing cuts of the above mentioned kaboomapalooza. The story, about Transformers buried beneath the surface of the moon for decades and coming down to rain blammo down upon Chicago, doesn’t really matter.
Watch the newest trailer, and judge fo’ yo’selves:
So yeah, it’s possible that they’ve learned a couple of lessons from the prior films. Then again, the prior films made a smadgebagillion frillion dollars, so why fuck with it? Who knows. All I know is, the trailers? Not that bad. And I’m excited to see Chicago get leveled, because hey, better them than New York for once.