Transformers: Age of Extinction Review: How Good Is It?


This has been my favorite Transformers movie YET! I went in expecting the worst, after seeing the changes made to Grimlock, but walked out completely entertained. This new series builds on the first trilogy and does it in a way that you don’t have to watch all of the movies again. But if you watched Dark of the Moon again, it wouldn’t hurt.

Though series alums Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and the always funny John Turturro are not in this movie, that doesn’t mean the cast is any less exciting.

Mark Wahlberg plays Cade Yeager, an optimistic inventor that wants just one of his inventions to help his little girl pay for college with the help of his “employee”, Lucas. Cade is also a “take no prisoners” type of dad when it comes to his daughter, Tessa (played by Nicola Peltz).

Their relationship is put to the test when a group of government sanctioned hit-men, led by Savoy (Titus Welliver) and commanded by Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammer), come to the farm to retrieve Optimus Prime at any cost. The revelation that Tessa, a seemingly “always listens to daddy’s girl”, has a boyfriend, Shane (played by Jack Reynor), further complicates things between father and daughter. Now it is up to Optimus Prime and his new-found friends to stop what has already been put into motion.

The introduction of new Transformers to this series was ingenious. Lockdown being the main antagonist really paved way for the human element to be something to reckon with. Along with new villains though, came a handful of heroic Autobots. Hound, Drift and Crosshairs really made an impact as to where this film was heading and there parts really paid off.

The addition of the Dinobots is what is going to break the internet though. These beasts were massive and a force to be reckoned with! I wouldn’t mind seeing them get their own movie to really have them get a strong footing for this series.

Dramatis Personae

Most of my enthusiasm for this movie came with how the characters interacted with each other, as opposed to the story line itself. Human newcomers to this series are Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, T.J. Miller, Stanley Tucci, Sophia Myles, Jack Reynor, Thomas Lennor, Titus Welliver and Kelsey Grammer. Each deliver amazing performances and are completely believable as their characters. Each and every one of their performances played off the ‘War of Chicago” and they all more than delivered.

The voice talent in this has far exceeded my expectations. Robot newcomers are John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, John DiMaggio and Mark Ryan. The kicker for me was the return of Peter Cullen and Frank “He will forever be known as Megatron” Welker.

Frank Welker voicing Galvatron is what I have been waiting for. His having been second billing in the previous movies with his roles as Soundwave and Shockwave always seemed like they were trying to pay a little bit forward to us fanboys. His part, however, is a full-on tribute to the man that has helped create the fandom for Transformers. With he and Peter Cullen at the helm in their legendary roles, I can finally look forward to what can come of this series.

[Um, choose a side? -Ed.]
[Um, choose a side? -Ed.]

Not only was Pete Cullen and Frank Welker’s interactions amazing, but so where John Goodman and Mark Wahlberg. The two of them alone could be likened to Abbot and Costello. The way they played off of each other’s performances had me, literally, laughing the whole time. Never before in this series, has a duo been more perfectly played. I can only hope that the two get a chance to reconnect and have at it again.

I don’t think I can give Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci and Kelsey Grammer enough credit as to how much they meant to this movie. Their acting has really pushed this movie into one of the top spots on my “Best Movies of 2014” list. Having actors that could show a full range of emotion was something that I didn’t think a movie like Transformers was capable of and yet, it completely surprised me. Between Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci and Kelsey Grammer, the acting in this movie has really pushed it to be the best out of the entire series so far.

But let us not forget the reason as to why the first two movies had so many guys go to it, Megan Fox. Her role was definitely not missed in this movie. Nicola Peltz was PERFECT in this movie! Yes, she plays eye-candy but, unlike her predecessors, she can really act. She played her part extremely well and I can’t wait to see more from her if this is the type of acting she is bringing to the table. Who knows, maybe we can get that Tomb Raider reboot after all. She’d have my vote.

Fun For the Whole Family?

I wasn’t the only one who enjoyed this movie. My wife and kids loved it as well. My kids were going nuts during the action scenes and they were into the movie from the beginning. My wife and I were both a little more than disappointed with the language used in this movie. The amount of “bitches” and “ass” being thrown out there seemed like a little much. And the use of the “f-bomb” seemed a little forced. However, my kids seems to gloss over it with everything else that was going on in the movie.

Without giving too much away, I will say that the whole story was extremely clever and will make fans, new and old, happy to have this movie start a new trilogy.