Wow, I really enjoyed that way more than I thought I would - mostly after the first hour, once the terrible human bullshit and toilet humor is largely out of the way. Michael Bay has addressed some of the previous films' faults, but he still does think we give a shit about his cardboard caricature characters and deplorable "humor".
- 3D seemed decent. CGI and action were absolutely amazing. Blown away by the sheer scale and ambition of a number of sequences. Better yet, the robot fights, which in previous movies were just a whirring jumbled mess (not helped at all by the greebly character models) are slowed down, but not in a patronizing way. It's much easier to track individual punches, leaps, etc., which means there are actually scenes the audience can follow! Yay!
- The Wreckers! Although I'm not sure the point of "disguising" yourself as a mutant death-NASCAR vehicle. The Autobots in general get a much needed dose of badassedness. You want to cheer for them more because they don't seem like sissies.
- The military is used much, much better. They still get to look cool, but Bay's obsession is less evident, and the humans work in tandem with Autobots to get results, instead of being super awesome and saving the day on their own.
- The Decepticons murder a lot of people pretty hardcore. More than ever, they are portrayed as a menace on a human scale, not just people who hunt for cubes or like blowing up monuments.
- Actors from Firefly getting work!
- Every robot still must be an ethnic stereotype. I GET IT, HE TALKS WITH A CARTOONISH ITALIAN ACCENT BECAUSE HE IS A FERRARI. LULZ!!!1!
- Who the fuck cares about half these human characters and their lives? Why are we still wasting time on this?
- 98% of the 'jokes' are awful, but probably pass with the teenage group.
- A bit of deus ex machina that didn't seem to make any sense whatsoever.
THE BAD (SPOILER EDITION):
- It made perfect sense logically, but it seemed weird to see noble Optimus Prime DECAPITATE MEGATRON THROUGH THE FUCKING FACE WITH AN AXE AND THEN MURDER SOMEONE PLEADING FOR HIS LIFE BY SHOOTING HIM WITH A GIANT FUCKING RIFLE.
- Um, usually I'm not oversensitive about these things and no one 'died', but did the Space Shuttle getting blown up and falling back to the Earth in pieces seem rather unseemly to anyone else, considering the Challenger and Columbia disasters/imagery?