Michael Bay is returning to the director’s chair for another Transformers movie, but is that a good thing?
While the action movie director, was hitting the press circuit for his latest Paramount movie, the Benghazi action thriller 13 Hours, Bay confirmed to Rolling Stone that he will indeed be directing the new installment in the multibillion-dollar franchise.
But is that a good thing?
I was actually having a Transformers franchise movie marathon this past holiday weekend, so just being freshly re-antiquated with the very first 2007 Transformers film I had an epiphany of sorts. Transformers was a such an enjoyable movie that captured the imagination, you had a young boy and hot sexy crush of a girlfriend and his alien robot. But was most apparent to me from the progression of Transformers franchise, was the loss of imagination compared to the overwhelming reliance of CGI used in trying to “wow” the audiences. Success also hindered certain growth to the characters of the films, as the lead character was made a comic relief, the hot girlfriend just stayed hot. One great aspect about the first Transformers film, was how well certain actors improvisation cemetery worked. It worked so well that Bay would allow more and more of it in all of following sequels, causing the films to become too silly to bare. It also did not help that both Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox were very young in their careers which led to them making a few mistakes along the way in Transformers movie productions.
The first movie was made to create a wonderful cinematic experience, from then on it has been a money grab to see how much hype Bay can build up. While the movies have brought in huge amounts of money as they have progressed, at the same time the real truth, each of the films have digressed and gotten worse for the core fans. Kids 10 and under love it though.
The awe of having giant robots on-screen was so well done in the very first movie it really made you believe in the Transformers. Great example, is the opening sequence alone, when a military helicopter is landing on base without authorization. The tension built up by Bay, then the amazing transformation happens and I was reverted back to a five-year old kid absolutely terrified but at the same time thrilled and amazed. The robots from another planet, robots in disguise was lost and abandoned for more over the top hard to follow CGI action hurled at the audience over and over. While the first movie gave you a feel for how heavy and real these robots were, to then having Bay use flying metal particles, with minds of their own, defying every single law of physics to make supposed “out of this world” effects.
Even the Dinobots who I was so excited to have included in the franchise was such an utter disappointment. Now when it comes to giant robots, I am much more excited for more Pacific Rim movies to be made than another bland over-hyped Transformers film. Michael Bay has managed to utterly mess up just about every single transformers background in the movies and to fans, that’s a big mistake.
Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) had a new direction with Mark Wahlberg, and was a reboot of the previous three movies, but this new movie is expected to change gears as it attempts to create a greater cinematic universe for Transformers. Paramount recently held sessions with writers to create a new direction for the franchise, with the new script being written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) along with Black Hawk Down scribe Ken Nolan. So we’ll see where Bay wants to take the film franchise. My fear is that Bay wants to go even BIGGER and BOLDER with CGI and dorky one-liners. I expect Bay to take us to Cybertron the home of the Transformers and I expect it to be another mess.
Are you excited to see more Transformers films? Are you excited to see more Michael Bay Transformers films?
Michael Bay also noted that J.J. Abrams was the one to talk him into coming back for one more film.
Bay insisted to Rolling Stone that this will be his last. “Transformers, I still have a great time. It’s fun to do a movie that 100 million people will see. But this is the last one. I have to pass the reins to someone else,” he said.
We have all heard Bay say that before.
Here is a list of Michael Bay directed films (20 film director credits).