I prefer reading the book than watching the movies even though both the book and the movie does not bring me tears as what people have experienced.
The movie is alright. The main actress is perfectly chosen to represent Hazel Grace. However, when it comes to Augustus Waters, I expected to see Ansel Elgort in blue eyes as the reference to what Green wrote in his book. My version of Peter Van Houten was also broken by the appearance of Willem Dafoe in this movie. In the book, Van Houten is described as a “dough ball with four sticks stuck into it.” (Green, pg 180)
But that opinion stands for people who read the book already before the movie came out.
If I did not read the book, then the movie went well without any disturbing flaws. The plot goes great and coherent, the characters are convincing, the conversation is lively and quotable, the scenery of Amsterdam is appealing and romantic at ones.
My suggestion is do not read the book before you watch the movie or you will get disappointed.
Before I’m spilling my thoughts about the movie and label it as the movie review, I would like to ask you a question
What would you expect to see from 165 minutes movie?
Personally, I prefer to enjoy the previous transformers movies and watched it in marathon way.
It was such a long minutes I ever had inside a theater, sitting down in a comfy red couch with popcorn on my left and and a cola on my right, waiting to see the Optimus Prime riding his Godzilla. Only to fulfill my curiosity about what kind of mess those people were making until Prime needed to call those metal version animals.
The plot is messed up, the conversations are boring, the humor is lame, and the massive explosions are not massive, wicked, and brutal as usual. Transformers: The Age of Extinction should be taken literally as the extinction of Transformers. Let’s hope together when Michael Bay plans to continue Transformers, it does not contain too long minutes telling you about destructing transformers instead of showing it.