Claps For: Pure, unadulterated entertainment.
Slaps For: Perhaps a bit too much of the above! The movie didn't need to be so long.
Popcorn Refill: One desperately needed bathroom break.
The Story: We would advise you not to look too deep for an Oscar winning story, there isn't one. But every movie doesn't have to be an Oscar winner now, does it? Screenwriter Ethan Kruger gives you a story with high drama, funny moments, likeable characters, and yes, the bad guys getting their collective asses kicked. Transformers size, and Transformers style. Isn't that enough? Age of Extinction is every bit the film a transformers movie should be, with Autobots, Decepticons, explosions, chases, and everything in between, including Dinobots! And that's exactly how we like it.
Performances: Goodbye Shia LeBouf, hello Mark Wahlberg! In a much needed re-casting move on the creators' part, Mark Wahlberg brings a breath of fresh air to the transformers movies. Never mind that all the human characters are pretty much useless, they always are in movies not centered on them. Stanley Tucci is perfection, as always, and brings a much appreciated note of intentional humour to the otherwise rather pig-headed movie. Peter Cullen is back voicing Optimus Prime, and the Autobot is as admirable, if a little pompous, as he ever was.
Direction: When you walk into a Michael Bay movie, there are certain things you should expect. Trademark explosions, outlandish premises, logic so fragile you could sneeze to make it vanish. What you should also expect, is a truckload of damn good fun. Bay does not create an earth shatteringly good comeback for the franchise, but he's made a movie entertaining enough to keep it alive.
Music: With a soundtrack by Skrillex and Hans Zimmer, there is no way it could go wrong. The music is loud, scary, tension inducing and badass, just right for Transformers. Battle Cry, the single Imagine Dragons wrote specifically for the film is on our top music list already. The soundtrack couldn't have been better.
Combo on Offer: If you love big robots and trucks and metal, half an hour long epic battle scenes, the occasional attractive human in the middle of everything, and have three hours to kill, go watch Age Of Extinction. You'll love it. If none of the above apply to you, stay the hell away.
Our Verdict: We give the movie #Claps becauseâ€¦come on, it's Transformers!