Can't those Autobots and Decepticons all just get along?
In the run-up to the release of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the third entry in the feature film franchise based on the old Hasbro toy line, director Michael Bay has been telling anyone who'll listen that the new film won't commit the sins of its predecessor, the widely loathed Revenge of the Fallen. From where I sat though, Dark of the Moon played like more of the same: a largely incoherent assembly of eardrum-shattering, chaotically-choreographed action sequences that are occasionally interrupted by hilariously campy dramatic moments and painfully unfunny bits of "comedy," as well as a few randomly inserted slow-mo money shots of one of the interchangeable CGI-robots actually transforming in a desperate attempt to make the audience think they're having a good time.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, the second film in the Transformers trilogy, may be the least-liked movie ever to gross over $400 million at the box-office. Critics hated it, most viewers hated it and even its director, Michael Bay, seems to bad-mouth it every chance he gets. In fact, Bay has sworn that the (alleged) final film the series Dark of the Moon will be nothing like its predecessor... except for all the explosions, slow-mo heavy action and slobbery, soft-core shots of its leading lady (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in for Megan Fox), of course. The early word on Moon is that it is indeed superior to its predecessor, which allows it to join the exclusive group of Part Three's that are better than the Part Two's they follow. Here's what else is in the club: