Transformers ★★★½

It has its faults, and they are many, but goddamnit I still can't help but really enjoy this film. Its too long (and a Michael Bay movie that's too long is EXHAUSTING), the humor is appalling, the hacker subplot could have been cut altogether, and the character development of the eponymous robots is barely there. But the action is spectacular, the robots (and other effects) gorgeous, and the cinematography absurdly beautiful. This is Bay teetering at the edge of a waterfall of awfulness, but still on the river above.