Lowcountry movie night: By Justin Peterson
In my opinion there is nothing more frustrating than seeing an exhilarating preview for a new movie, only to see it be slammed by critics for being an overblown piece of Hollywood trash.
The truth is "I love movies," and the goal of Lowcountry movie night is to give you my honest opinion of what to expect when you head to the movies -- without the overly harsh judgment often given by some top critics.
There is no better place to launch this concept than by reviewing, Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Let's just say if you liked the first two Transformers films, then you will LOVE this latest installment of the franchise. It delivers all the high-flying transforming action, comic relief, and campy dialogue. But, now it's available in eye popping 3D.
To be honest, I have not gone out to see any 3D movies since Avatar, due to critics' complaints that increased ticket prices do not match the value of the 3D offered.
But let me put your fears to rest, "You must see this movie in 3D!" From start to end, this entire 2.5 hour epic is packed with brilliant 3D action that flies off the screen, without being too obnoxious.
One thing you may not expect from a Transformers movie is a great supporting case, but that is where this latest installment shines. The film returns stars like Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro, along with all your favorite Autobots and Decepticons.
But this time John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Patrick Dempsey, Ken Jeong, and the voice of Leonard Nimoy -- join the cast to spice up all the action-packed fun. You may have also heard that actress Megan Fox is no longer the leading lady, but don't worry Rosie Huntington-Whiteley of Victoria's Secret fame provides a great substitute.
Now don't get me wrong, Transformers is not going to win any major acting awards. But it is an excellent example of what I like to call a "Popcorn Movie." That basically means the film provides a perfect escape for movie goers by giving them plenty of over-the-top action.
The film is once again directed by Michael Bay, which means you can expect a pretty slim plot / character development, and lots of CG. But there is no doubt that Bay succeeds by providing the audience with a non-stop thrill ride.
Truly there is never a dull moment in Transformers 3, and you may actually even feel exhausted by the end of it like I did.
To me, this is a great way to approach making a summer blockbuster. There is nothing worse than a movie building up for a hour and a half, only to see a slightly satisfying action scene at the very end.
There is no reason to give any spoilers in a movie review. The whole point is to let the audience know if it worth spending the money to go see the movie in the theater. That being said, here is just a quick peek at what you can expect to see. Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a continuation of the movie adaptation of the nostalgic Hasboro Transformers franchise of the 1980s.
As the title implies, it is a discovery on the moon which sparks the Decepticons latest attempt to take over the world. This not only provides the filmmakers a chance to re-write history in connection to NASA's first moon walk, but also provides the chance to cameo a real moon walker in the movie.
The movie is rated PG-13, which means it's filled with mild violence and questionable language, so parents may want to avoid bringing younger kids.
Bottom line: If you are a fan of sci-fi action that is frequently silly and over the top, then you will enjoy the third installment of Transformers. Plus, it is defiantly worth spending the extra cash to see it in 3D.
Out of 5 stars, Lowcountry movie night gives Transformers: Dark of the Moon a solid 3.5 rating.