McSupersized Is Not Always Worth It: Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

I don’t know if it is natural, or just natural to Americans, to want the most you can get for your money. Though not necessarily bad, per se, super sized for the sake of super size can be problematic. Transformers: Age of Extinction is a perfect example of this.

First off, it’s a summer blockbuster Michael Bay film about giant robots, based on a line of toys. To expect anything other than spectacle is self-deception of the highest calibre. The action is insanely over the top, but someone going to see this film is expecting action so we can cut it some slack here.

Second, Transformers: Age of Extinction has a 2 hour and 45 minutes runtime. This is the movie’s biggest problem. There was a young boy, maybe 5 or 6, literally bouncing in his seat the majority of the movie. Thing is, I didn’t notice him because he was distracting me. I noticed him because I was fidgety, too. If Bay would shave an hour off this movie it would be a great summer blockbuster. As it is, it’s just too much.

I have a running theory that filmmakers are making movies longer to give the audience their money’s worth. That would be why the plot has so much going on. So much so that it fails to give the audience an enjoyable experience. What it does is more akin to Alex’s forced viewing in Clockwork Orange. At least Alex got eye drops to sooth his sore eyes.

That said, Transformers: Age of Extinction isn’t all bad. I like Mark Wahlberg more than Shia LaBeouf. This, I suppose, is debatable, so take it or leave it. As for the story, this time around the plot wasn’t as contrived so as to get to the action as the second and third movies. Actually, the start of this movie is probably the most believable of the franchise. Finally, while there was too much action, it was better than being disappointed with the lack of Godzilla in the recent Godzilla movie. If you like the franchise, it’s worth watching. Just do so somewhere you can pause it and take a break.

One thing I did miss this time round was Bonecrusher, the mastiff which was in the first three films. I’m a sucker for big dogs and his presence is missed, even if he was just a very minor character. I hope his absence is because he’s living the good life on some isle with all the bones he can crush.

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