Given how offensive the previous one was, why did I left myself be dragged to the cinema to watch this one? Self abuse? Dark of the Moon manages to be even more stupid, has even more questionable gender politics, is more incomprehensible and is boring boring boring. Bay makes these films with a horrendous pornographic sensibility.
The fascism is worse than the filmmaking in this case, even if it do play a part of said fascism. I did not hate this movie. I watched it on my laptop so I wasn't trapped with it, but, like, even if the style cares not for characters or themes or plot it's not hard to watch.
The first two were certainly nothing to wax eloquent about but my this third one is a total piece of trash. Way overlong considering the story (or lack thereof). Yes some great effects but enough already. Mind you I never thought we'd look back with affection on Megan Fox but Rosie Huntington-Whitely even worse, matched by Patrick Dempsey as "the villian". Hope McDormand got paid really really well.
I practically killed myself working on this and it's a mess of a film. But some of the shots are offff the hooook. The "portal beam in the sky" and the alien invasion of the city were shamelessly recycled with virtually no change for Avengers and Battleship. But from a vfx art direction angle, the cgi really inhabits the filmed plate which gives it a raw kineticism and that's what Michael Bay is contributing here.