I will be going to see movie this on Saturday but I grew up with the cartoon and the comic book. This was back in the day when cartoons kicked ass!! This was never intended to be for kids, it was intended for the age group that grew up with the original Transformers and those people are in their 30's now.
If you want your kids to watch Transformers, stick to the animated series on cartoon network.
I've seen a lot of reviews with people that don't quite understand the violence or other things in this film.
For those who don't remember Prime fully blasting Decepticons in the face, you obviously never saw the cartoon or the cartoon movie made in 1986. He kicked major ass and shot a crap load of them point blank and then proceeded to kick Megatron's ass as well. The tv cartoon had violence in almost every episode and yet I see reviews of how there is so many explosions and the action moves so fast. This isn't Twilight, it's a movie about very evil robots called Decepticons with no remorse for any life(even humans)trying to destroy and kill the Autobots, not just beat them up.
Remember how Megatron just ripped Jazz in half in the first film. That's how Megatron was in the show on tv and was even more lethal in the cartoon movie. In the cartoon movie he shot Ironhide in the face just because he could and killed him. This movie is meant to be violent and fast. It's the Transformers way.
For those who don't understand the plot, it is a comic book story and most of the comic book stories never made it into the cartoon or was completely seperate from the cartoon. If you didn't read the comic book then yeah I can see how you could be lost. This was in my opinion the best damn cartoon ever and to see it in real life on the big screen is a dream come true. And besides some movies you have to watch 3 or 4 times to fully appreciate.