So, I saw the movie last week at the Drive-In and I had to immediately text my friend Denzil about how awesome it was. I'm not a huge Michael Bay fan for the most part, and it's mostly only because of the spinning camera/overbearing soundtrack stuff he does... sometimes it's appropriate, sometimes it's just god damn annoying. Transformers 2 suffered from that I think. But, I did like the first Transformers and the second one was passable only because of the fight scenes and Megan Fox's porn-tastic poses. But this 3rd installment is just absolutely awesome. I can't get it out of my head. Even the soundtrack is great.
In trying to pin down what the hell I like so much about it, I realized that there is a very Libertarian feel to the movie that I haven't seen in Hollywood since Iron Man 2 when Tony Stark goes John Galt on a Congressman for trying to confiscate his property. It was like a mushroom stamp on the forehead of Hollywood's pre-generated proto-types and they didn't even realize it. I especially loved that Tony Stark's defense about being such a successful Capitalist was because his competition sucked so bad; something he reinforced with videos that showed, even with government help, Hammer couldn't do anything right. Ayn Rand's essay, 'Notes on the History of American Free Enterprise' comes to mind.
Transformers 3 is very much a monologue about self-reliance and doing what's right even when it seems like everything is against you and everyone is making terrible decisions out of fear. It heralds to the fear we felt after 9/11 that lead to instituting things like the Patriot Act. It heralds to Benjamen's Franklin's quote, "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." So, after considering it, it's really no wonder it struck a note with me.
It was a commentary that in times of need, the government is just as fallible and just as likely to leave us on our own as anyone because it's made of people who will act in what they think their own best interests are. And people who are in power and afraid to lose it, and there is a character that represents this in the movie beautifully. He knows what he's doing is wrong, but he thinks his best interest is to forfeit his liberty for the promise of security at the hands of the Decepticons.
The movie is great, I plan on watching it again, but this time in 3D. I wish Optimus Prime was the Libertarian candidate in 2012.