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9 Things Parents Should Know About Transformers: Dark of the Moon

• GeekDad Guest Writer via WIRED.com
1. What’s it about?
Robots in disguise. The Autobots are fully integrated into American society when a discovery is made in Russia that leads to a secret buried on the surface of the moon — a secret from planet Cybertron’s past that could have turned the tide in the war against the Decepticons. Now it’s a race to claim a powerful weapon before they do, but there’s more going on than meets the eye.
2. Can I arrive a little late?
You can, but you’ll miss the incomparable Peter Cullen in one of Optimus Prime’s legendary exposition monologues, and some pretty cool fictionalized history.
3. Will my kids like it?
Cool robots and high-octane action. They’ll probably be begging you to take them.
4. Will I like it?
If you liked Tom Cruise’s War of the Worlds or either of the previous Transformers, or enjoyed the animated series as a kid, go for it. (Remember Shockwave, the cool purple Decepticon with one eye and a laser-gun hand? He’s back.) Dark of the Moon is easily the best of the three Transformers movies: The scale is bigger, the dialogue is less ridiculous (considering the subject matter) and the human characters finally get a chance to shine.

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