New girl in Transformers: Dark of the Moon eclipses robotsBy Karen Boncocan
MANILA, Philippines – Confess. You are itching to find out how the Victoria’s Secret model replacing Megan Fox dealt with her role in the third installment to the Transformers franchise.
Michael Bay has definitely stepped up his efforts in the latest movie of the well-known sci-fi series – but that does not necessarily make for an excellent film. For one, it seems that the sudden twist in events concerning Fox’s part in the franchise has been blown out of proportion –enough that people are more interested in the new girl in the movie rather than the conspiracy surrounding the first landing on the moon.
Notice that for Dark of the Moon, we see far too much of the unlikely hero Sam Witwicky, a role reprised by Shia Labeouf, fawning over his new love interest Carly (Rosie Huntington-Whitely) when the film was supposed to be centered on robots. In fact, you’ll see more Sam-Carly interaction than scenes focused on Optimus Prime, Bumblebee or Decepticons.
So film viewers sit it out through the first hour hearing Witwicky rant about how nobody understands his importance in the grand scheme of things, and wondering how the hell Huntington-Whitely’s character can actually, truly love him, much less stand being near such a whiny guy.
This show of way too much distressed Sam and Rosie’s bum delivers a punch to a remarkable plot that could have been if Bay kept to what was shown on the movie’s trailer.
To refresh your memory, the misleading yet nifty little trailer showed the first landing on the moon in the 60’s that turns out to be shrouded in mystery as the span of time that NASA was said to have lost contact with its astronauts was done on purpose.
The trailers told of a conspiracy surrounding the Apollo 11’s trip to the moon (a covert mission by the NASA to assess what had crashed on the surface); Sentinel Prime, the leader of the Autobots before Optimus Prime; and the Decepticons’ diabolical plot that threatens Earth once more.
The trailer in itself heightened the viewers’ anticipation for the movie; one could only hope that it can meet those expectations as well.
Transformers have been smashing through cinemas since Wednesday (June 29) – catch it in theaters nationwide.
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