Transformers: Dark of the Moon,  third in the blockbuster series inspired by the shape-changing toys, is everything you’d expect – and more. The explosions are bigger, the special effects more spectacular – and Shia LaBeouf even more irritating as a leading man.

Somehow, though, since we last saw him, LaBoeuf’s whiny Sam Witwicky has acquired an even hotter girlfriend than before. With Megan Fox having been dumped from the franchise, Sam’s new love interest takes the shape of English actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. The camera certainly loves the long-legged, pouty-lipped Victoria’s Secret model, but from the moment she makes her skimpily dressed entrance in the film, tracked by Bay’s ogling lens, you can tell she wasn’t chosen for her acting talents.

Co-stars Frances McDormand, John Malkovich and John Turturro provide classier turns, but they’re relegated to bystander roles as soon as the robot smackdowns kick off. The plot doesn’t even begin to make sense, but the action – rendered in the most eye-popping, gob-smacking, jaw-dropping 3D since Avatar – is truly awesome.

Released on DVD & Blu-ray on Monday 28th November by Paramount Home Entertainment.

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