Late last night, technically early this morning, I had the opportunity to attend the midnight showing of Michael Bay's last film in the trilogy, Transformers: Dark of the Moon in 3D. With Dark of the Moon being the last of the successful series along with legendary film director, Steven Spielberg taking the role of executive director, anticipation and expectations are at an all-time high for the autobots' last war. Read more for my brief impressions on Transformers: Dark of the Moon and what ALL 3D viewers must know before spending the extra cash to see the film in 3D.
As always, I will not spoil anything for those who have yet to see the movie, but the plot is pretty decent. Assuming you have already seen the trailer for Transformers 3 and/or have read about the story online, I must say Michael Bay and his writers did an excellent job of keeping the movie interesting throughout the entire 155 minute showing and could not have ended the trilogy in a more epic manner. As I am sure all of you are waiting to hear, the Megan Fox replacement, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, did an amazing job and played the role of Carly extremely well! I believe while many were upset that Megan Fox was fired for the last film of the trilogy, give Rosie a chance, and I feel you will end up pretty satisfied ;)
The last 20-25 minutes of Transformers: Dark of the Moon contains one of the best endings to an action film in a long time! Without spoiling the action-packed conclusion to the trilogy, let me just say that all supporters and followers of Transformers since its birth in 1984 will not be disappointed.
The audio present throughout Transformers 3 was simply mind-blowing and is certain to sell surround sound systems to those who have yet to adopt. Between the countless explosions and countless battles, I could not help but feel that I was a part of the movie as the sound was executed very well and better than the previous Transformers films.
While the plot and audio were spot on, the poor execution of 3D is what made me realize "Hey, I am in a theater" and I must say I am left very disappointed, yet confused. During the private press screening for Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Michael Bay was quoted saying the following after being asked about Transformers: Dark of the Moon in 3D:
"Good question, when Stephen, Paramount and myself came to the terms that the 3rd and final Transformer had to separate itself from the other two predecessors. We decided it had to be different and by making it different, we decided to make it 3D it was different, I had to begin grasping what 3D was and what it could do, its limit and limitations, but I was up for the challenge... I did the implementation stage, you know doing all the research and then I found the perfect answer and flaw to 3D...And that was simple. If it ain't shot in 3D then there is no f*cking point of it being 3D, and thats about as blunt and beautiful as the answer gets. I mean did you see such films as The Last Airbender or Clash of the Titans, they were mockeries and shambles to the power of 3D and what it is capable of. In brief term, you can't turn a 2D film, which was initially planned and created as a 2D film into a 3D film,it just doesn't work, because it was never meant to be 3D, because it was perceived and created in 2D. Because your not gaining the full capability of what 3D is actually capable of, with a post conversion your getting like a pathetic 20% job with poor results. If it ain't filmed and shot in 3D then it ain't worth seeing it in 3D. And well that's how you have to look at it, its either 2D or 3D not both...Its like trying to turn a romance into one of my films, it just doesn't make, sense."
Now while Michael Bay makes it seem promising, what I can tell you is the theater that I saw Transformers 3 at, was not showing the film in true 3D, but digitized 3D. This is where I highly reccomend you doing some research on your local movie theaters to determine which ones will be showing the film in its true 3D form before throwing out $15+ per ticket. If you plan to see Transformers 3 in 3D at IMAX, you should be fine as generally IMAX theaters only use the latest and greatest technologies presented to them allowing for a movie watcher's premiere experience. If 3D is something that does not fit your taste, I still highly encourage you to see Transformers: Dark of the Moon ASAP as I truly feel it was the best and most action-packed film of the highly praised trilogy!