While his movies make hundreds of millions of dollars within days of release, their sure seems to be a lot of Michael Bay critics out there. In my opinion, Bay gets way more criticism than is really deserved. Are Bay’s films deep meaningful pieces of art? Not really… But Bay makes some fun action films, each with some especially artful cinematography, visual effects and sound design. But Bay is one of the largest targets of film critics and moviegoers alike. Recently Michael Bay and his Transformers: Age of Extinction producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura have responded to the criticism head on. I wanted to highlight these interviews.
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The Dinobots are what it’s all about in Transformers: Age of Extinction. From the film’s earliest iterations, the idea to bring in the fan favorite characters was at the center of the film’s construction. They then became the focus of the marketing and were the reward in the theater once they finally show up in Michael Bay‘s long movie.
When designing something that important, of course, what we see on screen is never the only version. It’s the final version after months and months of concepts, designs, approvals and denials. One of the artists involved, Wesley Burt, uploaded a bunch of Transformers 4 Dinobots concept art to Facebook and, below, you can see alternate versions of the characters. Read More »
The first 4DX movie theater in the United States opened in Los Angeles last weekend. Located in theater 6 at the Regal Cinemas LA Live in Downtown LA, the 104-seat theater books one first-run 3D movie at a time, and augments the showing with real-world physical effects. Those effects are the fourth dimension.
So, timed with the movie, you basically experience a theme park ride. Your seat rumbles and moves around, water squirts, there’s smoke, flashing lights, lumbar effects, gusting wind, even scents. The presentation admirably tries to bring the viewer into the movie.
Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Age of Extinction was the first film to play in the format here, so Peter Sciretta and myself were given a nearly three hour 4DX experience. This was great in that we were privy to the full slate of 4DX effects, but the film also became a tasking mental and physical exercise. Below, we present a video blog about the experience, along with a bunch of photos and a brief rundown of how Transformers: Age of Extinction translates into 4DX. Read More »
Transformers: Age of Extinction, the eleventh film by Michael Bay, is now in theaters. Looking back it’s kind of funny that Bay, so promising and exciting as a filmmaker in the late Nineties, has now made four Transformers movies. Bay’s first few movies were all so different, but grew bigger and bigger with each time out. Now he’s become the go-to director for the kind of spectacle Hollywood salivates over.
This latest incarnation is Bay’s biggest movie yet. It’s the scope, the setting, the nearly three hour run time. Everything about Transformers: Age of Extinction is huge. You can even see it in full screen, IMAX 3D if you so desire. That size is supposedly in service of a story that sends the franchise in a new direction. Age of Extinction makes events of the prior three films into an appetizer to a new story which explores the origins of the Transformers, a sinister government plot and a new human family, lead by Mark Wahlberg. All of those stories are in there, but they’re told along side several others that make the whole thing feel big for the sake of feeling big.
Several of the B, C (and D, E, and F) stories are actually kind of interesting and allow for fun supporting performances by the likes of Stanley Tucci, T.J. Miller and Li Bingbing. Unfortunately, they’re masked by a movie that’s so bombastic and devoid of stakes, we’re forced to forget about them because of the amount of madness and confusing were witnessing on screen.
But that’s just my opinion. After the jump, tell us your own. What did you think of Michael Bay’s Transformers Age of Extinction? Was it harmless summer entertainment? Fun? Taxing? How many times did you run to the bathroom? Have any lingering questions? Whatever you want to talk about, including spoilers, please do so below. Read More »
Transformers: Age of Extinction is a relentless assault on the senses that somehow still managed to bore me to tears. It’s a 2 hour and 40 minute film that features giant robots riding enormous robot dinosaurs killing bad giant robots, yet is devoid of any meaningful thrills or excitement. Filled with explosions, flying glass, a laughably incoherent plot, and paper-thin characters who behave completely nonsensically, this movie dares you to try and look away from its mess, then punches you in the throat with its runtime as your body urges you to head for the exit.
But maybe that’s okay. Because Transformers: Age of Extinction is still going to make a billion dollars worldwide. It’s the most Michael Bay film that Michael Bay ever Bay’ed. This film is the logical culmination of film as commerce. Let’s explore why.
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The Transformers films — or at least the three sequels to Michael Bay‘s first film in the series — disregard story concepts left and right. Characters are secondary to spectacle; geography and time are subservient to the impact of a beauty shot; standard narrative building blocks regularly fall by the wayside. So how does one write one of these films? We talked to Ehren Kruger, who has written all three Transformers sequels, about the process of putting a film like this on the page.
If you need a capsule version of our short conversation, it is this quote: “When you’re talking about aliens, robotic machines which disguise themselves as vehicles and animals, you start to make your peace with the idea that logical sense doesn’t have to be the be-all, end-all.” Which means that the creators of the Transformers films are throwing logic and narrative structure out the window consciously, if not deliberately. For a bit more exploration of that concept, read our short interview below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, June 27th, 2014 by Angie Han
Sorry, Breaking Bad fans: Aaron Paul says he won’t appear in Better Call Saul after all. Also after the jump:
- The next Beverly Hills Cop will head to Michigan
- Mission: Impossible 5 might film in the Houses of Parliament
- Benjamin Bratt hops on for Ride Along 2
- Pitch Perfect 2 adds Birgitte Hjort Sørensen
- A top GM designer has a cameo in Transformers 4
- Mark Wahlberg promises Ted is as lovably awful as ever
- Stanley Tucci is glad Mockingjay was split in two
- David Duchovny wants more X-Files movies
- Watch another Dawn of the Planet of the Apes clip
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Cool Posts From Around the Web:
Transformers: Age of Extinction opens Thursday night and is sure to be the biggest movie at the box office for the next couple weeks. That suggests people are rabid for content based on the movie and, as per the laws of the Internet, everyone is happy to oblige. Case in point: three cool, but very different videos on the franchise are now online.
One will recap what happened over the seven-hour running time of the first three Transformers movies. The second features Red Letter Media watching those first three movies simultaneously with hilarious results, and the third shows how director Michael Bay used 3D in the new film. Watch the Transformers videos below. Read More »