You can tell this story was written from a good place, but it would have been a GREAT movie if they had actually written a story around it instead of just basically a bunch of random events that leads to an ending.
Everyone was telling me how good it was but when I finished it i was like, well, it was better than the second one, but thats not hard. What I DID like about it was the storyline was STRIAGHT from the cartoon. They finally even mentioned energon. Starscream especially but EVERYONE acted more like their cartoon characters. They FINALLY did soundwave and he was pretty freakin cool, so was his bird, but they didnt do his cat thing again. So, all in all, i liked that they started actually trying to make it more like the cartoon, but it still cant come anywhere near touching the first one. Megan Fox was NOT missed. It did feel like a different movie to me too, but A LOT of that had to do with that they were basing it more off the cartoon and giving the transformers weird faces. Plus, too much taking the Transformers original cartoon character and changing it's side, changing it's name, changing it's vehicle type, etc. It just get's confusing.
This movie ultimately made me feel like double rainbow man. Oh, its beautiful... its so bright and vivid... what does it mean? The story was cool, the visuals awesome, but when the credits roll you wonder what even happened, because the movie didnt even BEGIN to answer half the questions it raised.