Transformers 4: Age of Extinction Movie Review.

I’m not really sure what happened…. for 2 plus hours

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Director: Michael Bay Writer: Ehren Kruger run time 165mins

For a franchise you either hate all together, have select favs or, love in general or for aspects; This movie doesn’t change that for anyone.
There’s A LOT wrong with this movie. And a seldom many things that are favourable. I’m not really sure on what level this movie fails, but it does in a sum of its parts. The movie opens up well, but seems to lose its focus right after the first cut of movie footage.

To help revive new energy into this franchise, “Marky Mark” Whalburg was brought in to this movie as a happy father/inventor who just so happens to find Optimus Prime. Basically a copy of Shia Labeouf’s Sam Witwickey story had he grown up a bit and been a father/inventor. With him come a slew of new Transformers who just randomly show up. That was problem one. Having a bunch of new characters massively distract you. I think the yearning to know how they came to be or where there were for 3 other movies was distracting. For the robots anyway. As for the human’s, being invested in Shia’ Sam character from the ground running was what helped those movies be slightly enjoyable (as far as “the human aspect” is concerned). With the rush of issues and problems these humans had, though however natural/plausible, it was all forced and rushed so that you care. Not to say you don’t believe they have these issues it was just kinda one after another in a short period of time. I did enjoy the single father perspective which isn’t always seen both in a fictional story or in reality. That was an aspect that probably saved this movie. But not by much. Beyond that theres a slew of new actors in this movie that more or less hurt the franchise than anything. in different movies /roles these actors are tremendous. Under TF4 helmer Bay they might as well been rookie actors so not to have this smear their “legacies”. I think many down play just how good Shia was and is, as an actor, the flair that comes from Tyrese in the previous instalments and so one and so forth. As good as Kelsey Grammar is (if you doubt it, watch the tv show Boss), his role was for not, since most of his character is essentially a background character. Personally I feel he was the reimagined Patrick Dempsey character from Tf3. As a whole the acting is as bad as sour milk after pouring your favorite cereal into a big bowl on a Saturday morning…. or night.

t4poster2Writing throughout was so bad, it made this an undeniably bad movie. There were so many scenes that I noticed that just basically stalled the movie. Like that elevator scene. Worst thing I seen in a big budget movie since Toby McGuire’s Peter Parker danced in Spider-Man 3. With the amount of bad scenes and terrible writing I was surprised this was green lit. The fact that they keep going further and further back in time to suggest these transformers were some how a key to our history,  just screws with the existing franchise continuity so much it hurts to think about. A lot of the typical stylistic jokes that Bay uses in his movies feel flatter than a paper tied to a brick. A lot of the dialogue for characters new and old felt very off. The fact I can say that for new actors, says something. the undertones were weak. so much was wrong that if I listed them all I would bore you just as the movie did me.

Its hard to really say what failed this movie exactly on what level. As with most movies, a movie isn’t really a movie until it has been edited, and if I had to pick an aspect as the the biggest failure, I would pick editing. As crappy as everything else is, it isn’t as bad as the overall tone being slow and boring. 3hours of action seems like my cup of tea, but what I got was 3 hours of mellow drama and spotty action scenes. Beyond that I couldn’t understand half of what was being said due to the intensity of the action and the voice acting of the transformers. for which I blame audio mixing.

It does have its positives but really not much. I like seeing new Transformers but I would love even more so to know exactly where they come from. Every movie we get four new ones that seem to have some investment in terms of the chronological order of stories. Aside from that, don’t allow what the tv show did to dictate these movies. Its ruins them even further.

Bottomline: Its in no way the worst movie ever, its far from a good movie… especially in this spotty franchise. it might be >/=/< than TF2:Revenge of the Fallen, but I will let you determine that one. Its overall tone is a such a drag it bores you. Its like a car driving forward in reverse, with a 1000pound brick wall that’s 10 stories high, a football field wide (or a cfl end zone wide and deep/thick) only getting a half kilometer per gallon. (Lol you Americans might have fun with figuring that out).

Rating 4/10 (strictly for the action.  I was enjoyed with it. But it wasn’t bay’s best so far with that.

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 4 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 3 out of 10,
  • Editing: 0.002 out of 10,
  • Audio: -15 out of 10 (Score was lacking, couldn’t hear things),
  • Acting: 2 out of 10,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? SKIP!! or just download it.  or borrow it from a friend.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: the “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Lawless Movie Review

There have been COUNTLESS movies about the prohibition era of mankind. This may be the best one.

Cast

Shia LaBeouf
Tom Hardy
Jason Clarke
Guy Pearce
Charlie Rakes
Jessica Chastain
Mia Wasikowska
Dane DeHaan
Chris McGarry
Danny
Tim Tolin
Mason Wardell
Gary Oldman

Director: John Hillcoat

Plot:
“The three Bondurant brothers run a bootlegging operation during the depression, up in the mountains of Franklin County, Virginia. Crooked Special Deputy Charles Rakes is after a share of the brothers’ profits. Compounding their troubles, the local competition is elbowing in on their activities. Forrest’s boisterous defiance and Cricket’s knack for moonshine production help the brothers gain a local monopoly. When Forrest is wounded as tension with Rakes escalates, Jack, initially the timid one, must prove his worth against gangster Floyd Banner’s mob, and we see him metamorphose into a cocky exhibitionist in his attempts to woo the off-limits preacher’s daughter, Bertha.”- imdb.com

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Shia Friggen Labeouf. This dude has MASSIVE talents. Transformers aside (for those of you who hate those movies, I don’t), he’s been great in every other thing he’s acted in & I mean from Even Stevens right up to this movie. I don’t know what inspiration he took to portray his character, but he does a good job, the director too. Mr. Oldman wasn’t in it for much of the movie, he had more of a cameo role. Lastly, if you read my tdkr review, you’ll know that I hated Bane for more than one reason. Tom Hardy I believe to be a decent actor, but now, He may be a great actor. The size he had for Bane, he may have kept on for this role and it’s good that he did. He barely speaks but when he does, it’s so damn effective. You end up loving his character by the end of the film. For the sake of not spoiling anything, I’ll end there.

The movie is about bootlegging (alcohol, for those who didn’t know, was banned in the late 20’s- early 30’s, so many started making their own anyway possible), but not only that, it’s about family/brotherhood. There are not physical parents to note, but Tom Hardy is easily the father head, but still very much the older brother (Though, he could have also been the middle child). It had a great blend of subtle humor, action, family dynamic, and character development. I honestly just love this movie.

There’s both soundtrack and original score for this film, and when the vocal songs are used, it’s like using the music to really say what the character on screen is feeling and saying. As much as that seems the norm, it’s really not.

There’s a lot of blood in this movie, but not to an excessive amount. That’s really the only effect used. There’s one scene though, that may make you feel a way.

Honestly, this is just a flawless movie. It’s not perfect in any means, but for what the story is, it’s incredible. I didn’t think these actors would 1) ever do a film together, or 2) be so well fit to act together. You believe every scene that the 3 brothers have together. Oscar season is now, and this movie deserves a consideration in one of the top awards, none of that best editing garbage.

For a second opinion see @Mr_STiXX‘s review on the film.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 5 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 4 out of 5,
  • Editing: 5 out of 5,
  • Audio: 4.9 out of 5,
  • Acting: 5 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Worth the full price of admission. Depending on the features, blu-ray for sure.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW