IMO, the movie was good but not great. One of the rather jarring problems to me was the way some of the scenes jumped around with little or no explanation. I think this would have been a problem without even having read the novelization. The best/biggest examples: Laserbeak is chasing Sam through his office in the daytime. Quick cut, he's now driving his Datsun at night. Umm, what? The removal of the expository scenes when Sentinel goes bad seemed to leave a big hole - for one it would have explained Optimus' absence. It also would have explained how Sentinel got the rods; as it stands one minute he's tearing up NEST HQ; the next he's driving down the road with the pillars on his roof. The invasion of Chicago is another great example. All of a sudden, bam, it's the trailer scene with the ships attacking. The fact that we didn't SEE any of the human reaction, but were just told about it ("they're shooting down our long range bombers!") breaks on of the biggest rules of storytelling - IE, show, don't tell. It also makes the film feel less epic and more localized. Not showing Bumblebee and crew being captured. I understand that the climax was generally from Sam's POV, but one of the good aspects of ROTF was the way it switched back and forth from the perspectives of different characters throughout the final battle. Not so sure why it became a weakness here; the editing crews are largely intact from one film to the next. Thoughts?