‘Transformers’ was always going to be a successful franchise. With Michael Bay at the helm, the crowd’s wanton need of explosions over story would always push it into an area of box office wealth similar to that of Scrooge McDucks’ gold coin swimming pool. But after 3 films, the shine is starting to get a bit drawn out.
With a new lead in Mark Wahlberg who now joins the Autobots in their war against the Decepticons, the same old tropes are played out once more.
With weird love triangles, explosions, questionable metaphor, oversexualisation of the female form and more explosions coming back into play, all of this content pushes the film toward the border of being a 3 hour flick that becomes somewhat draining after the second hour comes around.
It does enough to start to steer the continuity toward something new that the next director can work with (This is, at this stage, Bay’s last flick in the franchise) and has some fun moments, but overall it just becomes another film that is typical of the directors ‘Blockbuster’ work.
As a summer blockbuster, this one can definitely sell itself as such due to its grandiosity. But what will fulfill some, won’t do the same for the rest. It’s safe to say it’s probably okay to transform and roll-out on this one.