I've heard others criticizing the new chick, and I'm like why? Considering she had zero acting experience and had very little to work with in terms of character/script, I thought she was competent. At least not any less competent than Megan Fox was in the first two.
I went into the movie with reservations about their relationship and whether the movie would successfully sell me on her and Shia being "authentic" and I bought it.
But again, I appear to be in the minority there...
It might have just been me, but when I saw Sucker Punch, I felt like I was watching a movie, rather than being involved in the movie. And with Transformers 3, it wasn't nearly as bad as in Sucker Punch, but I kind of felt the same way. I didn't have that with the first two. Maybe that's because the 3rd one is a lesser movie, or maybe because I went into this movie subconsciously a little more guarded than I realized because of some of the disappointment with the last one.
But at this point, it seems like a movie that when it comes on cable, I'll only flip it on if it's in the last 30-45 minutes of the movie. It's probably a movie I'll never again see from beginning to end the rest of my life.
Personally, as a kid that grew up loving the Transformers and thinking the 1986 animated film was the pinnacle of movie making for most of my life, I'm hoping that Spielberg & Co. hand the keys to this franchise over to someone else that is interesting in making a good story about transforming robots.