Full disclosure: I have not seen Transformers: Age of Extinction. I have not seen any of the previous three Transformers movies. I really enjoyed reading the multitudes of reactions around the twitterverse, and still do not plan on seeing Bay’s latest in theaters. (For an Awards Circuit review, check out our very own by Clayton Davis here, which opens with the oh-so-intriguing line “How dare you Michael Bay?”) Along with stating 140 character-long yay or nay opinions, critics and public alike meditated on issues such as length, robot acting and Shia. Oh Shia… Here’s a “curated” survey of tweets for your perusing, whether you’re heading to tonight’s IMAX screening or opting for Snowpiercer but want a trolly laugh beforehand.
THE PEOPLE WHO LOVED IT…
OH MY HOLY EFF!! Transformers Age of Extinction was FANTASTIC!! Best Transformers movie by far and possibly my favorite movie of the year!
— Melonie Mac (@MelonieMac) June 27, 2014
So Transformers did not disappoint me at all. I loved it! Better than the other ones with Shia
— MILES MORALES❗️ (@Evil_Thanos) June 27, 2014
once again Michael Bay outdoes himself as transformers 4 was awesome. if you loved the rest this is a must see. — Scott Griffits (@skorcher125) June 27, 2014
THE GENTLEMAN CRITICS WHO HATED IT…
Fake accounts invading reviews to post how ‘Transformers’ 4 is “trending positive!” Twitterbots, meet Autobots. Now go rust yourselves. — Stephen Whitty (@StephenWhitty) June 27, 2014
THE COLLEGE-AGE GALS IN IT FOR THE CARS…
ON ROBOTS AND ROBOTIC ACTING…
Want to see Transformers w/ Mark Wahlberg, but I don’t think I can stand 3 hrs of robot acting. Then there’s the Transformers, themselves. — Rodney Lacroix (@moooooog35) June 26, 2014
Can’t stand those people that gripe about the human acting in Transformers. The movie is about the ROBOTS! — Taylor Perry (@tmperry_23) June 27, 2014
COMPARISONS TO RICHARD LINKLATER’S BOYHOOD (in theaters July 11)…
Is boyhood the Transformers of world cup games because they’re both long lol — john lichman (@jlichman) June 22, 2014
THOSE WHO ARE ABSTAINING…
The more I hear about TRANS4MERS, I simultaneously have more desire to see it and less desire to buy a ticket to support it.
— Brandon Rohwer (@brandonRohwer) June 26, 2014
Just completely turned around, walked away, and decided not to attend the Transformers: Age Of Extinction screening at the very last minute. — Gee (@GabeTheShogun) June 25, 2014
AND SHIA, OH SHIA…
Transformers 4: Now with 100% less Shia LaBeouf! — Vaughn Fry (@VaughnFry) June 27, 2014
I hate to say it but I will always fangirl over Transformers even if Shia isn’t apart of it anymore. — Shanley McIntee (@shandathapanda) June 27, 2014
Shia Labeouf arrested for disturbing the peace the same weekend of Transformers 4 release. I smell publicity stunt. pic.twitter.com/9J0qCx1cln
— B.A. Hunter (@BAHunter71) June 27, 2014
BONUS ROUND: #TRANS4MERS DRINKING GAMES!
TRANS4MERS drinking game idea: Take a shot anytime Optimus Prime yells “Take cover!” and no one does. — Matt Singer (@mattsinger) June 26, 2014
Drinking Game: Every time there’s a product placement in the new @Transformers, take a shot. You won’t make it 30 minutes.
— Robert Edwards (@RobertEdwards5) June 26, 2014
Extra Bonus: Some Recommended Outside Reading!
Archie & Friends: Robot Rampage!
— Archie Comics (@archiecomics) June 27, 2014