Two films this week, that's all! Quite the vehicle week.
Transformers: The Last Knight ✪✪✪ Opened June 22
This is the Transformers fifth outing on film and I go to these previews expecting very little, that way when it's marginally better than the last film I'm happy.
You'll hear that this film's plotting makes no sense. I agree. That the special effects are amazing. I agree. That it's typical Michael Bay with over the top action. I agree. That it is not entertaining. This is where I disagree.
Yes, there isn't much to the plot and I kept wondering how these people travel around the world so quickly. In the last huge fight scene I actually couldn't work out physically where they were. One minute they're under the ocean and inside a broken space ship but there's air down there and nobody wonders why there is air when the robots don't need oxygen. Next minute they're on this planet sized spaceship thing crashing into earth but there's grass on it. Where'd the grass come from? I don't know how I became confused. Maybe I missed something somewhere. Anyway I still had fun. Paramount gave me popcorn. I had my drink so I wasn't thirsty in the too long 2 hours 29 minutes of the film, Anthony Hopkin's is always great when he's playing it for laughs, so good.
I admire Mark Wahlberg's earnest portrayal of an inventor who doesn't seem great at inventing. None of it really made sense but we know that so we can't complain if Michael Bay delivers more of the same.
There's more coming too, with two more in production for next year and the year after. Amazing things you can do with toys these days. Look out for the Fidget Spinner film where little alien spinning things take over the world by killing and maiming people by sending their parts into their throats at breakneck speed.
Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Stars Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel and lots of robots and junk.
Cars 3 ✪✪✪✪ (not reviewed) Opened June 22
So I couldn't make it to this film and my boys are teenagers now so they won't go see this with me. I gave the tickets to a family who love Cars 1 and 2 because I thought they would provide more relevant feed back. Here's their review. Kinda makes me wish I'd gone.
Mum and 2 sons aged 9 and 7 scored 10 out of 10!
Boys are big fan of Cars 1 & 2 but they said 3 was the best of all. Firstly they loved the free doughnuts which was made as wheels and free water provided at the preview. For the story, although the new generation cars with new technology was focused in modern world, they still couldn't beat the old fashioned former legend Lighting McQueen who was nearly forced to retire but never gave up. They said whole movie was exciting and full of fun, and there are lots of positive messages for young kids like "Do your best.", "Never give up" and "Friends are always with us when needed."
Well I think that tells you all you need to know Cars lovers.
Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn't through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing's biggest stage! Starring voices of Owen Wilson, Kerry Washington, Bonnie Hunt, Chris Cooper, Armie Hammer.
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