Not as atrocious as the first and about on par with the terrible second, Transformers: Dark of the Moon is yet another entry in the helpless series of movies about boring human beings running around as giant robots fight in the background. Much has been made about the climactic extended “battle” in Chicago, which makes up a large chunk of the two-and-a-half hour running time, and yes, buildings fall and robots fight. It’s not spectacle, though; it’s just commotion. Everything before it? Well, it has the personality of a blender. My review is here. Available on DVD and Blu-ray on Friday, September 30.
On the other hand, there is genuine spectacle in William Wyler’s Ben-Hur, the epic that essentially defined the characteristics of what we now consider epic filmmaking. It’s available on Blu-ray for the first time, and pretty much everyone has been raving about the discs.