Sunday, July 03, 2011

TRANSFORMERS 3 CAUSING THE USUAL DIVISION AGAIN

This week Michael Bay's big Transformers: Dark of the Moon rolled out to the usual critical bashing from the usual people. Only 38 percent at Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert trashed the movie, Richard Roeper gave it a D, and so on. Still, that is better than last time -- though it didn't take much for this movie to be better than last time, to be honest. I tend to agree with Kevin Carr's assessment that no Megan Fox and no racist bots equal a better movie. Whether I agree it equals a movie that is actually worth watching is another question, because the end result sounds like it is still big and dumb.

Word from a lot of people is this 3D effort is still overlong and headache-inducing, yet the usual Michael Bay defenders don't care and say this is exactly why they see the movie. I think it's gotten to the point where minds are made up about the Transformers franchise before even entering the theater -- people either love it or hate it before even seeing it.

As for its box office, Box Office Mojo has its assessment as of Friday's numbers. So far this summer, no real surprises with respect to the overall box office -- I'm not even surprised Green Lantern is fading fast, because I always considered Green Lantern to be a second-rate DC superhero anyway.