Originally Posted by Octoberist
No, I would say the first and maybe the third had their merits, but the 2nd was awful.
Let's not talk about the cheese for a second, but simply put, the second film meanders, so it has terrible pacing and major script issues. The first hour is useless. By the time you're introduce to the Fallen, it feels like an after-thought. The plot is uneven. It doesn't have to bet strong but it's just strung along.
Not only that, it's the one movie that the transformers really get sidelined. No bot has a real arc to speak of, the Autobots introduced in the first flim were barely featured, the new characters are just unlikable (the twins) and you're stuck with them for the entire second act while Prime is 'out'.
It's overly long, directionless, aimless, and strangely boring.
The first film, from my perspective, is flawed, with moments of good movie writing, directing, etc.
The 2nd film, even worse than what the critics said. I did walk out on my first attempt at seeing it, right after Bumblebee knocked aside one of the Twins. I considered walking out at several other junctures, including the opening ten minutes. Very bad dialog and scene structures. "Pull over?" "Any last words?" Really.
The other problems of the film have been crtically analyzed with great detail by other viewers on these forums, so I won't go on and on.
With regards to the third film, the spoilers were enough to keep me away, not to mention ROTF was a disappointment of such tremendous magnitude, it was beyond sufficent to keep me away.
As cliched as it sounds, it's true, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."