The new full-length trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon was just released at Apple.com.
And it looks just like the last one.
Last one? Whaaaa? What you mean? I mean it looks like the last one. The last Transformers movie. The last Michael Bay movie. The last movie about things blowing up other things.
That’s not really a bad thing. As much the vocal minority comes down on Michael Bay, he makes exciting action movies. They may be dumb, they may be ridiculous, but there’s a reason why his movies make nearly a billion dollars a pop.
Michael Bay movies also tend to provide great fodder for movie trailers. Transformers: Dark of the Moon: The Trailer, looks great. It has got explosions, gunfire, people blowing up, a super-hot, albeit big-lipped Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Optimus Prime kicking ass and downtown Los Angeles getting completely obliterated. The trailer looks great because Michael Bay fills his films with money shots. The skyscraper collapsing with Shia LaBeouf inside? All those scenes I mentioned earlier in this paragraph? It’s got it all.
So in that regards, I’m excited.
On the other hand, I had the same feeling when I watched the trailer for the last sequel, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
We all know how that turned out. A terrible, terrible, terrible plot. Racist robots. No character development. Lots of flash without any substance. It was one of the worst movies of the summer.
Can we give Michael Bay the benefit of the doubt? I really don’t know. The second movie was universally panned. Bay and his crew of toddlers writers have at least some incentive to make a better movie. At the very least, they have no reason not to try. They know this movie will make a ton of movie regardless – but DreamWorks wants the franchise to continue for years to come, and back-to-back critical disasters won’t bode well for its longevity.
After the bitter taste left behind by the last Transformers movie, I’m hesitant to jump on the bandwagon. I’m definitely not excited to see it. I will see it – I even want to see it – but excited? No. And as good as this new Transformers trailer is, it does nothing to change my anticipation for the picture.
Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon opens July 1, 2011. Everywhere.