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on May 9, 2013
I was under the impression that Michael Bay insisted there wouldn't be any "dorky comedy" in this installment. Nor would there be any slaphappy robots given to crude jokes and slapstick pratfalls. Kindly explain then the two jokey minuscule bots who adamantly protest that they are "not pets or toys." Bay also introduced John Malkovich as a pompous one-joke idiot who goes berserk over the color red. What was Ken Jeong's (Jerry Deep Wang) performance all about if not just a rambunctious mess of dorky humor? Also returning as the butts of all the jokes, Kevin Dunn and Julie White as Sam Witwicky's dopey parents (bought in just to provide dumb jokes only to abruptly disappear once their shtick was delivered). Bay even brought in Bill O'Reilly solely as a joke. And by now, what is Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) but a bad joke? Shrill, pouty, and more fidgety than Don Knotts on an off day, Sam has become an obnoxious twit who acts as though he'd like to be anywhere but there, forced to perform all that abrasive comedy.
Exactly what did Michael Bay improve in this installment? He reinvented history, kept the usual number of explosions, the usual number of chase sequences, the vast array of bots (few distinguishable from their counterparts), replaced the officious dolt from the last movie with Frances McDormand playing what ostensibly is the same character doing the same tired, I'm taking over spiel, that the last two actors gave in the last two films! What is this if not filmmaking by the numbers!? There wasn't a new script just cut and paste elements meant to convey the same things repeatedly. No fresh ideas, a foregone conclusion, and a daffy non-romantic romance with a new babe (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) who is clearly more of a friend who's a girl than a girlfriend. I don't even want to talk about Patrick Dempsey.
Okay, yes, sure, Bay finally showed bodies and the killing of people, something he went to great lengths to avoid in the first two films. But as presented here, in this plot, who were the Decepticons going to use for slave labor if they were killing all the people they could get their hands on!?
And now they say there's going to be a fourth installment, sans Witwicky LaBeouf. This begs the question, why keep remaking the same film? If Bay hasn't gotten it right thus far, he's never going to get it right.