If only Transformers: Dark of the Moon was as good as its concept art

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon may not have been our huckleberry, but the film's concept artists did an exemplary job drafting legion upon legion of stab-happy robots. For your perusal, here's some of film's finest artwork.

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I'm somewhat disappointed there aren't dozens of storyboards depicting Shia LaBeouf's perpetually mouth-agape expression. That look can't be refined by mere acting alone — you need diagrams and portraiture to perfect such a dumbfounded visage. Oh well. [Via Twitch, CBM, Concept Art World, TFW2005, and Siebertron]

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Yeah, except for the penguin and maybe the pink one they still look like visually uninteresting heaps of spikey junk. From the best review of this movie I've seen:

"But I have to admit that I assumed wrong, the 3D really is more helpful to a Bay movie than hurtful. In 2D the big-pile-of-garbage character design style of the robots blends together so you can’t tell where one ugly robot ends and the other begins. In 3D your eye can easily distinguish between the different piles of garbage because one is in the foreground and one is further back. You still don’t necessarily know who the different robots are or what they’re supposed to be doing, but you definitely have a better idea of where they’re situated within the smashed buildings, which is a major breakthrough for this series. I know I’m being condescending but I mean it honestly that for me anyway the 3D was a handy tool to understand what in fuck’s name was going on."

"I guess Bay was right, there was no reason to learn how to stage clear, crisp action scenes. He was waiting for mankind to develop a system of cameras, projector lenses and glasses that would help people’s eyeballs to partly decipher the wiggly pile of bullshit he slops in front of them."