Movie Trailer Review
By our guest blogger, Joe Oliveto
Judging by the latest trailer, whether or not you’ll enjoy “Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon” will depend heavily on how much you enjoyed the previous two installments, as it looks to offer little that those films haven’t already given us. True, as the potential series-capper, it looks like this movie is adopting a decidedly darker tone than the playful vibe of its predecessors, but it’s still chock-full of CGI robots, major cities being destroyed, and Shia LaBeouf screaming “NO NO NO!”
These movies never aspired to be great storytelling, but it’s a shame that they could never offer us anything more substantial than popcorn entertainment. Some of the greatest films of all time—“Star Wars,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Jaws”—were little more than fun-filled blockbusters, but they were able to endure by also giving us likeable characters and genuine thematic depth. While Michael Bay truly is a master of action choreography, he can’t give the audience any reason for emotional engagement. He’s all about visual flair, and while that may be enough to draw us to the theater, it isn’t enough to make his films truly great.
Sadly, most studios don’t care about greatness, they just care about the bottom line, and the “Transformers” franchise is profitable. As long as it keeps making money, these films will continue to get made. We’d like to see more ambitious blockbusters like last year’s “Inception,” but it looks like we’ll be forced to settle for this kind of flick for now.
“Transformers 3” won’t be anything we haven’t seen before, but if that doesn’t bother you, then feel free to check it out.