“What Kind Of Cars Are Those? They’re So Scary.”
I didn’t make up that quote, by the way, it’s an actual line from the movie, which is problematic because NO ONE talks like that, particularly when there’re being chased by a bunch of assassins. Though the thing is, the actor who uttered the line, T.J. Miller, is always interesting, so I was able to let it go (though clearly not forget).
Though one of the many the problems is that what happens when really stupid events occur and the actors aren’t particularly interesting? Or even worse, when stupid things happen when the actors aren’t even human?
Well, that’s pretty much the story of the Transformers films: Lots of clearly expensive CGI spending way too much time in an attempt to justify its very existence.
And that’s not to say that there aren’t decent flesh and blood actors in the movie. Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer and Mark Wahlberg all have some pretty impressive performances–in much better movies–under their belts, though there’s so little asked of them here–other than to show up and go through the motions–that you can’t take anything seriously.
Which is a problem when you’re dealing with a bunch of films that are fantastical by design; there’s nothing to ground them.