Transformers Age of Extinction Review: Fourth Time the Charm
Transformers is a series of American science fiction action films based on the toys created by Hasbro and Tomy. Michael Bay has directed the first five films – Transformers (2007), Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Dark of the Moon (2011) and Age of Extinction (2014) .
We have come a long way since Shia LaBeouf introduced us to the world of Transformers. The fourth Transformers movie Transformers: Age of Extinction takes us to a different level. The only thing that remained constant from the first movie is that Michael Bay is still directing the franchise.
Replacing Shia with Mark Wahlberg is a monumental victory for the franchise. After Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon didn’t score rave reviews, it was noticeable that the franchise needed to be retooled. Shia and Megan Fox had worn out their welcome on and off-screen.
It must have been a hell of a coup to get one of Hollywood’s biggest starts to take over the Transformers franchise. See, Micheal Bay is capable of doing something good after all.
Overall, this is easily the best Transformers movie to date. Michael Bay had reignited hope back into the franchise. It’s a better film than it’s predecessors all across the board. Seems like Bay learned a valuable lesson, less is more. The only addition, more acting.
As in much better quality performances. Mark Wahlberg makes a world of difference adding star power and legitimacy. Stanley Tucci, plays a central character in the film. Kelsey Grammar does a solid impression as a bad guy, didn’t know Frasier had this in him? Jack Reynor has all the tools to be a big breakout young star. Nicola Peltz is mini Megan with actual potential.
Terrific eye candy with promising talent. If you had been down on the last couple Transformer films and lost hope, I understand and am with you. Don’t let the previous disappointments alter your decision from seeing this one. Movie flies by like a breeze. A pleasing 4th installment that’s superior to the original. One of the better and surprising summer blockbuster hits.
The film series has received mixed to negative reception, including criticism on the plots, juvenile humor, overuse of product placements and the lengths of the films. However, many have praised the visual effects, action sequences and music.