Cinefantastique Spotlight: Transformers: Dark of the Moon

2011-07-04-7400130807667315_tr3fg07_410.jpgBig. Bigger. Biggest. Somehow those words don't seem fitting descriptions for the new Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Biggeriest? Spectactimammogigantular?

In any case, it seems that Michael Bay's plan for redeeming himself for the universally reviled Transformers: Rise of the Fallen involves ironically jettisoning as much plot as possible and focusing on the fireworks, all in glorious, James-Cameron-approved 3D. That's maybe not a bad idea, considering that the film's less-than-innovative narrative once again centers on the noble Autobots trying to foil the Decepticons' plan for world conquest, with the hapless Sam Witwicky (Shia LeBeouf) serving his traditional role as the beanbag tossed around by the warring factions. He gets a new girlfriend (Rosie Huntington-Whitely), reunites with old associates (including John Turturro as the self-aggrandizing Simmons), and gains some new friends (John Malkovich) and enemies (Patrick Dempsey), plus a visit from (the voice of) Leonard Nimoy as the latest addition to the robot corps.

But who cares as long as the explosions are concussive and the action nonstop? Well, Cinefantastique Online's Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons do, and they're ready to discuss what's good, what's bad, and what's flat-out non-existent (hint: logic) in this big-ticket extravaganza.

PLUS: Steve gives his take on Beginners, a drama that skirts the borderline with some fantasy elements.

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