Posted on Monday, June 27th, 2011 by Germain Lussier
Say what you want about Michael Bay but there’s one thing that’s pretty undeniable. No one else in Hollywood can make a movie quite like him. Bay’s latest film, Transformers: Dark of the Moon opens this week, and after all the reviews and box office analysis is over, the conversation will predictably turn towards director himself. Bay is a polarizing presence in Hollywood. His movies are huge action epics that regularly forgo character and plot development for impressive, high priced visuals. For some, that’s what big summer movies are all about. For others, it’s the bane of their existence. Still, he’s doing things on screen that no one else can and while that might lead to box office billions, it doesn’t necessarily mean respect.
Finding people who hate Bay and his vision of film making is easy. It’s those other people, people who pray at the alter of Bay, that are a bit harder to find. In this latest video from The Monocular Group, you’ll see a very funny take on what makes Bay so special.
Thanks to Twitchfilm for the heads up on this video and The Monocular Group for making it. It truly is clever, well-edited and exciting while being ironic and funny. There are two songs in the trailer, Baby Dee – Horn Pipe and Equilibrium – Snüffel.
Obviously, the video is a joke and it’s making fun of Michael Bay’s signature style but, at the same time, it raises an interesting discussion point. Michael Bay’s movies do things that few other filmmakers are capable of. Just because he forgoes some other elements to provide huge action, does that make him less of an artist than anyone else? If independent films are acclaimed for doing small character stuff incredibly well, why can’t Bay’s films be lauded for also doing something incredibly well?
If given a choice between the two, a good story beats a boisterous explosion fest every time. I’m not advocating that acting, character and story should be totally ignored. Ideally, blockbusters would have those elements serve as a bridge between dramatic action scenes. But it’s interesting to think that action doesn’t command respect like a subtle performance does.