Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon
I can’t believe this movie is up for not one, but THREE Oscars. (As were the previous two in this franchise.)
Granted, it was arguably the most entertaining of the three Transformer flicks, having something actually resembling a plot and a lot of sweet robot-on-robot violence. But it still is a giant FX-orgy.
Good thing it was nominated for things that make for good FX-orgies, then, eh? Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects to be exact.
First, a distinction: Sound Editing, if I understand this correctly, is placing and creating sounds, (like explosions, transforming robots, explosions, dialog, and explosions) piece by piece, into a movie, while Sound Mixing is taking those sounds and striking a delicate balance between them in order to accentuate what’s going on in each scene of the movie.
Certainly, the editing on this movie needed to be spot-on, since we’re dealing with fictional alien robots… so this is bound to be one of the things that this movie got right. However, I think the main competition there will be from Drive, as its sound editing was one of the elements that stood out about that film (to me, at least).
The mixing was also, good, inasmuch as I never said to myself “what the hell is going on with the levels of sound in this scene?” while watching.
And the visual effects were good, as well, considering they continue to convince people that these giant fictional alien robots are actually here on earth, battling it out for humanity. But this is a highly contested race. Harry Potter 7.2, Hugo, Real Steel, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes all relied heavily on visual effects to tell and enhance the story.
My call: Transformers 3's strongest possibility lies with an editing win, but I think it'll fall short, just like its two predecessors did.
Re-Watchability: Level 3