So now that I've had half a week to really think about the third Transformers film, I figure it's about time to put words to my thoughts about the final of Bay's entries into the Transformers franchise. Now I'll try to keep this as spoiler free as I can, but I can't make any promises.
That also means I'm going to end up being super vague about the plot.
Now, to keep things in perspective, I'm part of the group who actually enjoyed the second film in the series. It was a flawed film (clearly the weakest of the trilogy), but I still sort of liked it. The good news though, is that the third movie is significantly better than the second, which admittedly had far too many scenes of Sam running across the desert carrying a sock.
The third contains a fairly coherent plot, even if it is sometimes blatantly obvious that they crossed out "Mikaela" and wrote in "Carly" at several times. With references to Sentinel Prime, the Space Bridge, the Wreckers, Megatron trying to drag Cybertron across the universe... well... fans of G1 and the Transformers comic books won't be at a loss for mythos references.
There's one thing you should keep in mind though when seeing this film though, and that's a credit you'll see at the end of the film: Based off the Hasbro Action Figure.
You're seeing a movie based off of a toy, and what you're paying for is to see giant explosions and big robots shooting and punching each other. If you're expecting Citizen Kane, you've gone to the wrong film. In fact, the only Orson Wells film you should be comparing this to is the final film he appeared in.
That final film being the 1980s Transformers movie of course. And hey, Leonard Nimoy was in that one as well.
It's not a perfect movie though. Honestly, I could have done without the tentacle imagery, and while the falling building scene makes great trailer fodder... it was a little longer than it needed to be.
I guess in summation, if you're expecting explosions with some juvenile humor with characters based off of kid's toys... you'll have a good time watching the spectacle that is Transformers: Dark of the Moon. If you go in expecting something deeper, you're just going to walk out disappointed. The name of the game is managing expectations... and the expectation should just be "explosions."