Longtime redblog readers might remember that I was a big fan of the first Transformers film, had extremely high hopes for the sequel, and then ended up being sorely disappointed (to put it lightly) by the migraine-and-cringe-inducing mess that was Revenge of the Fallen. Not even my boy Shia could save it for me. I certainly wasn’t alone among critics in despising the film, and the funny thing is that Michael Bay himself has been slamming it left and right as of late. Perhaps it’s his way of assuring fans that the third — and supposedly final — installment of the franchise, Dark of the Moon, will be back on track. In this weekend’s Los Angeles Times he was quoted as saying, “We got rid of the dorky comedy and we brought in some new acting talent. We have a good script. We’re shooting in 3-D and there’s a mystery in this story. It’s smarter. And we still have the robots and the best special effects that you’ll see.”
Watch the first full-length trailer below and see if you think he’s being sincere… or just messing with us:
I will probably regret writing this, but dammit if I don’t think Dark of the Moon looks worthy of the hundreds of millions of dollars it will inevitably rake in no matter what. Perhaps I’m just a sucker for any film featuring Chicago to such a great extent (especially since I saw much of the set with my own eyes), but honestly, the effects did look out of control. And there was no sign of “the twins” — hooray! However, I’m surprised that new cast additions Patrick Dempsey and John Malkovich didn’t get any face time whatsoever. But then again, even Megan Fox’s replacement, aka Rosie Huntington-Whiteley aka Jason Statham’s girlfriend aka #1 on Maxim‘s 2011 Hot 100 list, was barely shown. Looks like it’s all about the ‘bots, as it probably should be.
What do you think of the Transformers 3 trailer? Does the film have the potential to rock, or are we just being fooled by a slick trailer?
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