Forget about the black dude or the Chinese triplets, I wanted to see more of the Russians pilots: an happily married couple that synchronize not thanks to blood relation but by the force of their mutual love that survived years fighting inside a crappy first generation model while everyone else have shiny Mark-3 or above, there was a golden potential of characterization here, and it go wasted by the first Category IV Kaiju coming their way, what a waste!EDIT:
Well, Bags beat me to the punch here!
Personally I hate that overused trope of the hero arriving in a organization full of other fighters like him that all get massacred at the first opportunity just for the sake of drama and make sure that the hero will take all the spotlight, especially when all said fighters are supposed to be seasoned veterans and the newcomers is a complete newbie. (although here Railegh is also a veteran)
What was the point of introducing Cherno Alpha and Crimson Typhoon and their respective pilots if it's to have them massacred barely five minute after their seen deployment in the movie?
On a side note, something that my sister (who studies Japanese language and culture) noted is that when Railegh asked Mako why she's so blindly loyal to Stacker, for once they avoided the typical cliché of acting "for honor", instead Mako said that it was out of respect for Stacker as an elder and the one who saved her and raised her, which according to her correspond more to what intergenerational relationships are in Japan. Needless to say, she was pleasantly surprised.
Anyway, back to Transformers 4, since it's the topic's subject after all, I saw it a couple of weeks ago, so here's my impressions:
- For once I didn't get the feeling to see a two and half hours long recruitment clip for the US Army, just that warrants a good point.
- 95% of the fights are between robots, that too warrants a good point. I was sick of the fierce and brave Rangers/US Marines/Navy Seals (delete as appropriate) having an higher killcount than the giant robots that fought the evil giant robots since millions of years.
- I don't know if it's because I only saw the previous movies in passing or because the movie is made for hardcore fans, but I didn't understand half of the things that was happening, notably about the characters: who the fuck is that Space Bounty Hunter Lord? Or the new Autobots, the Samurai, "smoking" Dakka obsessed guy or Mercenary, first time I saw them, or worse the Dinosaurs/Knights giants, who the fuck are these guys, Optimus former companion when he was a "Cybertonian Knight"? (whatever the hell it means) And those "Creators", if I understand correctly, they are the one who created the cybertonians as explorers, colonists and conquerors, right? Well then where the fuck were these guys in the previous movies when Sentinel Prime and Megatron were happily teleporting Cybertron to the other side of the galaxy, or better yet, when there was that giant Civil War that apparently completely ravaged Cybertron and made it need repairing (the whole motivation behind Sentinel's betrayal), did they just slept the whole time and woke up one day to see the planet of their creations ravaged and decided of an half-assed attempt to punish the responsible by sending one dude chasing a bunch of guys that essentially deserted millions of years ago? If that's the case then the Autobots and Decepticons must me down there in their list of priorities between clipping their toenails and deciding what they want for dinner!
- Speaking of the new guys, I hated them, that was one big ethnic stereotype after another: you have the Japanese samurai sprouting Haikus, the gruff smoking fat bearded guy carrying a whole arsenal with him (I suppose he's supposed to be inspired by Irish, no?) and the mercenary guy with his stupid metallic longcoat with his two Mauser pistols. All three grated on my nerves deeply
, I was just hoping that those new Decepticons or that Bounty Hunter guy to rip off their head and end that suffering.
- The "humor", dear god. Between the three new guys feeling obligated to add puns and moronic metaphors to each of their phrases, the perpetually stoned/retarded human friend (God I was happy
when that grenade carbonized him!), Bumblebee who apparently skipped again his appointment to get a brain surgery and thus is still acting like a retarded child (the worst being his "fit" in KSI when seeing the "next-gen" Transformers based on him) and that gnome Autobot captured to help with the creation of human-made Transformers that Just. Won't. Shut. The Fuck. Up. By the end of the movie I was hoping that this Bounty Hunter come back and slaughter as much of the cast as possible before his inevitable death. I think that the director failed somewhere when I end up cheering for the bad guys in the end!
- Speaking of the bad guys, for all the hype Galvatron and his new Decepticons got, his involvement was rather underwhelming: in the end we just saw him fight a minute or so, then he was just barking orders to his drones to find the "seed". Said drones who only served as cannon fodder for Bay's quota of big explosions and urban destruction.
- I know I almost don't know anything about the lore, but there was still some things I couldn't see as anything but plot holes: if I get it right, the "Spark" is the Transformers' soul and lifeforce, it serves as both a container for their memories and personality and as a power source, Optimus even talk about it with Cade, so logically without it a Transformer is just a pile of scrap space metal... then how the hell Galvatron and his drones can move, talk or even think
if they don't have one!? Unless there a scene that I overlooked, nowhere it's stated that KSI managed to artificially replicate Sparks for their man-made Transformers!?
Second, at the beginning of the movie, Optimus is in really bad shape, like Megatron in the previous movie-level of feeling like shit, and needed to meet with the surviving Autobots to be repaired, he said it explicitly, that was the whole point of the first part of the movie. Then suddenly out of nowhere, they cross a truck and Optimus copy it and magically comes back at full shape in 20 seconds. Wat. Why Megatron didn't do that in the previous movie instead of staying as a giant metallic hobo?
- The chief of KSI turning sides felt forced as hell for me: he spends most of the movie obsessed by the "progress" and entering in history, almost giggles at seeing Autobots being melted to make his precious Transfornium, and in just one phone call where Cade cal him on his ethic and light that he knows he has deep down, search your feelings, you know it to be true, suddenly decides that maybe the whole thing he did until is actually evil and says that he should step down and think about what he's doing. At the face of the two CIA killers whom he conspired with and are only here in it the money.
I know that he's supposed to represent the brilliant scientist who genuinely want to better mankind and got so carried away that he didn't realized that what he was doing was immoral, but it felt too forced to be believable. And his gimmicks get tiring very fast.
- That's just one detail, but it just obsessed me, what the freaking hell is that sword/gun thing Cade uses, seriously!? All the Transformers blast each other with guns the size of cars and barrages of rockets that could very well be prop-guns seeing the actual damage they do, and that earthling with his metallic toothpick one-shot absolutely everything
! What kind of ammunition that thing uses, mini-Nukes!?
- I am the only one who thought the boyfriend have a plastic card of the "Romeo and Juliet Law" on him to be incredibly creepy
? Seriously it makes it as if it's not the first time he has to use that line of defense!
- The MLP Transfornium object. WHY MLP CAMEO. I'M SICK OF SEEING THOSE FUCKING PONIES EVERYWHERE.
- End of the movie, Optimus choose to go see those famous Creators by himself, probably to kick their creating asses, he has just next to him a giant spaceship with FTL travel full of the most insane, dangerous and insanely dangerous criminals of the Galaxy and the late Bounty Hunter Lord army of killers and hellhounds that it would be a really bad idea to keep them on Earth, just in case. What does Optimus decide to do, my fly by himself with his cute dorsal rocket the unspecified number of Light Years to meet the Creators of course!
Verdict: surprisingly better than the previous ones, by virtue of being a movie of giant robots beating the crap out of each others that actually have giant robots beating the crap out of each others instead of being a camouflaged clip to push the youth to enlist for the Army. The Bounty Hunter was cool, as well as his ship (I'm a sucker for the "Used Future" style of ship, that must have played at lot, Bebop
rulez!), the rest is forgettable. A honest action flicker, nothing more, nothing less.