Finally saw it the other night with a friend.
The first one was better than it had a right to be, if flawed. The second one was fucking awful.
This one, I really don't know where to begin. It's not that I *hate* it, but it's a loud, excessive, bloated, jingoistic clusterfuck with a bipolar tone that swings from startlingly dark to sitcom zaniness at the change of a shot, dragging its feet at every chance it gets for the sake of trying to outdo what has happened before. It's Michael Bay firing on all cylinders and doing what he does best, yet that comes at the cost of numbing your senses and shattering logic.
With a half hour or even 20 minutes shaved off of this, I would have been an apologist for it. It's not a disaster like Revenge of the Fallen was. The extreme contrast of lightheartedness and mean-spirited actions are as cuckoo as other sequels that have done the same thing. RoboCop 2 and Superman III come to mind, and both of those came to mind during it. But in all honesty, the craziness and unevenness of it all reminded me of the schizoid Bob Clark anti-classic Loose Cannons, and like that, it's a fascinating fiasco. It's as if a 9-year-old was shown the first two and then given the pile of cocaine on Tony Montana's desk, and the highs and lows he had made this. For example, Ken Jeong's character getting killed so frivolously would have worked if this was a RoboCop movie, but here it comes off as off-color and shocking. Same with how Simmons is reintroduced as a haughty cartoon and is then paralyzed during a very serious action sequence. I can't be the only one who thought these were strange actions.
On another note, I will say that the part where Megatron destroys the Lincoln Memorial, then SITS IN THE PLACE of the obliterated Lincoln made me laugh slightly less than the "there's a colonial woman on the wing" line in Bridesmaids, which is the frontrunner for funniest movie moment of 2011. Just for that, I can't really hate the thing, and I thought John Malkovich was great.
But fuck Patrick Dempsey's eeeeeeeeeeevil bad guy doing a Sean Penn impression. Fuck Sam's parents. Fuck the fact that the climax is about an hour and ten minutes long. Fuck Bill O'Reilly's cameo and the obvious right-wing slant it has. Fuck Buzz Aldrin's weird appearance. Fuck Alan Tudyk's Balki voice.
Oh yeah, and what the hell was with the Tarantino homages? Oh, whatever.