December 16, 2013
Michael Bay Defends Transformers
We all have nasty comments for the Transformers trilogy director, but at least the guy cares about his own work for the sake of enjoying film. When’s the last time you were able to watch all of a Madea film without blabbering on about how terrible of a director Tyler Perry is?
I thought so. We do a little too much criticizing of the movies we see and not enough enjoying, which is to say that we have a severe issue with letting ourselves have some fun. Did I have fun with the Transformers series? Well, of course! That doesn’t mean I don’t have some criticism of my own.
So, what’s the deal with Michael Bay then? The Bad Boys director took to a blog post on his website to voice a concern with online journalism, particularly the part where journalists don’t do their jobs correctly. “No I did not ‘apologize’ for any Transformers movies. I did not say I shot the last three movies “less cool” than the new fourth installment. I was talking specifically about camera style and tone, of the first movie compared to how I shot the new installment with a very big scale, cinematic style.” Bay said.
Elaborating more on the subject, Bay went on to say that “It is a drag talking to reporters on sets. Why? Because often times they take your words and skew things to their liking. Then the crazy, lazy game of reporting on what other writer’s story’s reported me saying and suddenly it becomes skewed Internet truth”
Sounds like a miscommunication of interests with a director that the journalist didn’t like. Either way, I’m with Bay on this one. That doesn’t mean that I like Transformers, though. I just don’t think that a director ever has to apologize for his work.
It’s a movie, guys. Shut up and enjoy yourself.
On the other hand, a little criticism is always welcomed to better improve your work. Of criticism, I don’t spare a single ounce of negativity for Bay’s work.
I found it difficult to believe that a regular high school teenager could be sporadically recruited into an ancient society of robotic giants that fight over a planet that died thousands of years ago. I’d say that it’s just terrible science fiction or that subpar storytelling are the reasons I don’t have anything nice to say, but it’s got a lot more to do with the style of the scenes. Why is there always the need to inject hilarity and immaturity in areas of the story that we know it’s not respectable to go?
Why did the writers think it was necessary to depict Mojo peeing on Ironhide? Why we bothered with an hour and half of pointless, high school melodrama? Megan Fox? Teenage love?
What the hell does that have to do with giant fighting robots?
The list can go on for days, and Bay would keep his calm and sunny disposition. I only wish the Internet had that same attitude.