We really don’t need another one of these. I’m sorry. The first one was fair, and after the second and third cheese-fest sequels I already know what I am in store for. This movie franchise has not had its ups and downs, only its downs. As far as I’m concerned just about anything from Michael Bay should be approached with hesitance.
Is Bay a good director? I don’t particularly think so. Is he good at making popcorn movies? Absolutely, he’s the best at it, and I don’t blame him. I don’t blame the cast or the writers (well actually I do blame the writing, its awful).
I do blame the audience, which includes myself. I have fallen for this three times already. I have given this franchise its life’s blood with my money, and I have regretted every moment I have watch these movies.
Transformers was the beginning of a new era in action films. One where CGI has taken over for regular old shoot ’em ups. The parts of the movie I did appreciate were the times the U.S. troops went up against an alien force. It gave a somewhat realistic approach to an unrealistic situation. This has been duplicated in other film efforts (i.e. Man of Steel, and the up coming Godzilla).
Besides the use of actual human strategy against alien robots from another world, the movies continue to fall into a cheese grate. From dialogue that is meant to be serious, the movies in this series fail to capitalize on the foundation the first Transformers movie laid out.
I know that this movie is meant to appeal to a certain, young demographic. Which is the same demographic that loved The Dark Knight trilogy and what the Marvel Cinematic Universe has done. I get that this movie has made a lot of money, and I mean a whole lot. I get it. It is good for them, but not for us.
In 2007, a movie came to life from my childhood. A big time action director in Michael Bay made it, Steven Spielberg produced it, and it starred people that I had heard of (except for the beautiful new comer at the time Megan Fox). This movie would lead the way into making the rest of my childhood favorite cartoons and toys have new life in live action films.
Except in them leading the way, they also set the tone for how other movies of the same type would be made: A lot of explosions, and absolutely no substance.
What was I supposed to expect, an Oscar caliber film involving giant alien robots? I guess not. But from Transformers 2 and 3 I should have gotten Die Hard and Lethal Weapon. Those were action movies with a story to tell. I should have gotten Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Instead I got the crap-fest Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, with a giant monster coming out of the pyramids.
Bigger does not equal better. Better equals better, and they elected to go for bigger bad guys and stupider comedic relief characters.
Just look at what has spawned out of inspiration from the Transformers franchise. Both G.I. Joe movies weren’t very good. Both of them had the same problem. One part of each movie said ‘Let’s go make a darn good action movie.’ While the other side said, ‘Nah, let’s just do whatever Transformers did and let the action speak for itself.’
Excuse me, audience member here. Action does not speak for itself. It can’t. These movies don’t know who they’re speaking to, and because of that I hate them, and don’t want them to ever come back.
But they are. There will be a fourth Transformers movie called Transformers: Age of Extinction (I got to hand it to them on this one, they at least sure know how to title a movie). Is it necessary to continue telling the story of the endeavors of the Autobots against their foes the Decepticons? No. It’s just another trip to the bank for these people. With their lack of effort for the story, and the audiences’ indifference to whether or not they’re receiving a quality product, they’ll deserve it.
This movie is going to have Dinobots. Dinobots. What the hell is a Dinobot? Why do I need a movie with Dinosaur Robots?
My point is these movies will continue to scrap the bottom of the barrel of this franchise, and then just start making stuff up all in an effort to cash in on my childhood.
Why bother stopping? They’ve already won. They’ve
already got my eleven dollars. I don’t want this, but come this summer, I’ll have nothing better to do then to go out to my local theater to see what they’ve done to screw with my childhood.
I can kick and scream all I want, but its no use. Transformers: Age of Extinction will get its billion dollars worldwide, as usual. They played their cards right. Michael Bay and company, no matter how much I hate them right now, are really smart releasing this film three years removed from Transformers: Dark of the Moon, with an all new cast lead by Mark Wahlberg.
The movie will be a non-stop action free for all that won’t have a point, there will be very little in character development except for the usual; The every day dad trying to reconnect with his distant daughter. That while he is coming to grips with his daughter aging. And her boyfriend who is trying to impress her dad while the world is under threat from alien robots. I didn’t read that somewhere, I’m just guessing. It’s a common trope that they do in every movie involving a father and a daughter, and it will work for this film because we just don’t care.
I don’t want to watch this film, and I already hate it, but I’ll be the first in line to see it.
Transformers: Age of Extinction opens in theaters June 27, 2014.