I have been a hater since the designs of the transformers for the first movie leaked. Needless to say, I was expecting to hate DOTM. But you know what, it wasn't that bad. I still have many gripes that I have had since the original film, but I would still give this movie a passable rating. I am going to lay out here things that I thought were good, and things that I think really weren't good or were missed opportunities. First the good: -good overall story I did not fall asleep -decent robot screen-time There was a decent variety of robots and okay screen-time for them. -Action scenes were more visually coherent I was actually able to understand what I was looking at. The highway chase was pretty damn good, but these types of scenes are bay's strong point as a director. I wish the whole movie could take place on the highway at 70 miles per hour. -Brains and Wheelie should have their own movie I was expecting to be annoyed by them, but I laughed every time they were on screen. They served as perfect comic relief. -The agent Simmons portion of the plot was pretty good Again, I was expecting to be annoyed by him, but him and Sam searching for clues was a pretty interesting part of the movie. -Sam's parents screen-time I'm on the fence on this one, but since they were funny, I'll say this was positive even though they overstayed their welcome in the film by a few minutes. That being said, there were some areas that if improved could have made this an incredible film, not just a good one, for me: -Are transformers robots, or some kind of humanoid/robot hybrids? I was under the impression that the transformers were robots, but I have had the feeling since the first movie that Bay and company did not feel that way. After seeing DOTM, it is clear that there is some type of humanoid/insect theme that the designers of the transformers were going for. The bleeding by the dreads and the spitting of Starscream were suspect, but the honeycomb construction of Cybertron was the dead giveaway. I never agreed with this, and if anything it took attention away from the transforming aspect of the transformers. -WHY NO SEEKERS? This really ticked me off. In the Chicago battle, we see Decepticons piloting airborne vehicles. Why not just have Decepticons that transform into planes? This to me underscores the lack of understanding of the source material that the writers and Bay had. How much better would this movie have been if they had the seekers in some form? These guys all had simple personality traits that could have easily made their scenes really cool. Also, if the seekers were in the movie, There would have been a good reason to have a confrontation between them and the Airialbots ream: ultimately, there really was a missed opportunity here to bring in more bots with personalities rather than generibots. The same goes for the dreads. They weren't so bad (actually, they were kinda cool) but the chase would have been better with the stunticons. Motormaster could have had a rivalry with Ironhide with the setup and backstory dialog being a literally a minute. Ironhide could have fought off the Stunticons but been killed by Sentinel. Later in the movie, Menasor could have faced off against Superion ream: -Sentinel prime and Shockwave should have been combined into a new character called Shockwave Shockwave was obscenly misused in this movie. What has traditionally been his calm and logical demeanor was changed into a caveman. AND HE DIDN'T EVEN TRANSFORM! THIS IS A MOVIE CALLED "TRANSFORMERS", RIGHT? Seriously though, A calm and logic-obsessed Shockwave, Looking to make peace by any means neccessary, enslave earth to rebuild cybertron, and hunting down the Autobot and Decepticon rebels would have made much more sense for the movie, and would have provided a better reason for Megatron to lend Prime an assist at the end. -Prime should have been two characters called Optimus Prime and Sentinel Prime Prime shooting off one-liners while savagely murdering his opponents does not fit with his other character traits (wise, fair, etc). He should have kept his moral highground and another character should have been the psychopath who swoops in at the end and saves the day. -Carly, you are the weakest link This movie did not need a female love interest if for no other reason than it becomes hard to suspend disbelief for the more important action scenes in the movie when you are already constantly suspending disbelief about how the lamest, most losery loser phag like Sam could possibly score a girl like that. She added ZERO value to the story in any sense. The laughable "love" story portion of the plot was clearly an attempt to satisfy female viewers. Sam has already dealt with these issues in the previous two movies, so it just felt like something recycled for the sake of having a hot girl in the movie. I could go on about this for much longer, but I'd rather move on and not get side tracked. -Sam has had no character ark throughout the three films Sam's character is the same as in the first movie, which is strange considering all that he's been through. One of the best parts of the movie for his character is when he gets pissed at Malcovich's character and tells him how he saved his ass twice and he didn't even know it. The rest of the movie, Shia Laboof (spelled wrong, I don't care) is playing the same guy he played in part one and two, who is the same character he played in Constantine, who was the same character he played in I robot. It's getting old. I for one am glad that he's gone and hope the Statham rumor is true. This movie franchise needs a real injection of 80's style sweaty, bare chested, face punching, body-count-increasing, no female romantic lead, rated R testosterone. -Major missed opportunity for jetpack I loved how early on they showed Special forces guys training to take down decepticons, and the Stick-bombs and Grapple hooks were awesome, but they were waisted on having Sam use them. Tyrese or not-Tyrese-white-guy should have used them to take out Starscream with some style. Also, jet-packs should have been used for the paragliding scene over Chicago ream: -Ironhide's death Again, another missed opportunity here. Ironhide should have been Shown to be the heart of the team, and a quiet moment of grief over his death by a gathering of both his human and autobot comrades together would have been a really cool touch. It would have also made the audience care a bit more about the Transformers. -Q dying Having the equivalent of an old man getting shot execution style was not good taste. There was another missed opportunity here I will explain. It should have been Dino who got shot. Dino should not have been Dino, but Sunstreaker, Sideswipe's brother. If this was the case, and the sibling rivalry angle was established earlier, his death would have had a much greater emotional impact in the film. Also, An old man would not have to be shot execution style. -the wreckers should not have been cars There are other vehicles on the planet earth. I wish someone told that to Bay and the design team. On this note, Springer should have been in the movie. -comic relief: too much of a good thing Bay seems to not realize that the effect of comic relief serves a purpose, and that effect gets diluted if overused and eventually can turn into a distraction, breaking the flow of a scene. -The end? The end was tacked on very badly and did not provide a good sense of closure. -If I see Leonard Nemoy on the street, I'm going to perform a citizen's arrest How dare he ripoff a line from "Wrath of Kahn". I wanted to cry in shame when he said it (no, I'm not going to repeat it). I hope the ghost of Ricardo Montalban haunts his dreams till he dies. I realize that my dislike outnumber my likes, But that's only because I did like the film and I just wish it could have stood up to great action films of the past, given that it had such an enormous budget and incredible special effects.The problem is Bay. His strengths as a director make the movie good, but his weaknesses are very prominent (especially the basic film making ones) and are what prevent the movie from really being something special. Ultimately, this movie was like a perfectly baked and incredibly tasty chocolate cake, but instead of using chocolate frosting on the outside, the baker used dog poop to frost the cake instead.