H'okay. I'm gonna start off by giving my review of Age of Extinction, so bear with me. I liked it, it was good, but the first half was much stronger than the second half, which dragged and was somewhat all over the place. Cade is a better central character than Sam, the cast is better this time around, the writing and plot actually seemed solid for about half an hour, which is more than we usually get with these movies. The effects were great, as usual, and Kelsey Grammar was a great bad guy. Oh! And Lockdown! We finally have a bad Transformer who's in the whole movie, who gets into multiple fights and actually manages to be a threat. He kicks Prime and Bumblebee's ass - even if him not being able to kill Cade was extremely stupid and made him look incompetent as Hell - and even got some personality and characterization. If this is a sign of what's to come for the next bad guys, I'm excited. Let's face it, the Decepticons never got much face time or chance to show off their personality. Now, onto the bad! Prime is still a nut job. I'm not one of those people who thinks he should be a pacifist, but he yells "kill" and "die" more in this movie than any of the others combined, I think. It's understandable given his buddies are being hunted down, but it's still over the top. I think I can count on my fingers the amount of times Peter Cullen gets a line that he doesn't yell. Actually, the characterization of the Autobots in general is pretty shitty. In lieu of character development, they mostly just pick fights with each other and act like children? I know that's been a thing since Transformers 1, with Bee pissing on Simmons, but it's gotten irritating now. These are supposed to be characters with arcs and personalities, and sure, Hound's fun, but is there really that much of a difference between him and Drift or Crosshairs? They're all violent and dopey. It's 2014 and how is Bay still showing three seconds of a Transformers fight and then panning away to show what Generic Blonde Actress #1830 thinks about all of this? I don't care if she's scared, I wanna see Prime and Galvatron fight. That's a big problem with these movies, and I think I've just stopped being able to look past them. Bay constantly cuts away to focus on the humans, or keeps the humans in the foreground and has the fighting in the background, and it's still shaky cam. He and the producers seem to be under the impression that people care more about the humans than the robots. They don't. If these were Go-Bot movies, they wouldn't be nearly so successful, because people care about the Transformers. Even if they don't know all the names and can't always tell them apart, it's what they're there to see. That and action and explosions. They're only four movies into the series and they've contradicted themselves three times in a row. There's stuff in the movies that completely conflict with other stuff, and I don't understand how that's all right. People give Marvel huge credit for having such tight and consistent universe, and they have nine movies. Transformers has four, three of which had the same guy writing them, and the contradictions are insane. And not even that, they use the exact same story beats, the plots of each movie are the same. Autobots have to claim some ancient device so the enemy doesn't get it and if they do, they'll destroy humanity. It's kind of sad when the Cybertron games manage to have deeper and more creative plots than that. The last thing I'm gonna bring up is the dialogue. There are scenes that feel like they're a bunch of disjointed one off line reads that have been edited into a conversation, like a bunch of non sequiturs. It's insane. And Bay still hasn't gotten out of the habit of panning away when a Transformer is talking, like during Prime's speech to the Dinobots? Yeah, I really wanted to know what Drift thought about all of this, so thanks for focusing on him for two solid minutes. So rant / review over. I tried to bring up the stuff that's fixable and bring it up in a constructive way instead of just "DA MOVIE IS BAD N DUM" which doesn't help anybody. I had a lot of fun with the other three, but I think I had issues that built up to the point that I can't ignore them any more. Age of Extinction definitely doesn't deserve 17%, but if someone doesn't like it, it definitely doesn't mean they don't know how to have fun. There are a lot of legitimate problems in this movie. In all of them. How do we fix them? Let's talk about it? I'd give you theories but I've already rambled on for way too long and even I've stopped reading this by now.