I saw the first Transformers film when I was in high school. I enjoyed it for what it was. My friends and I had a nostalgia for the cartoons and toys. Naturally, we kept going to see them. They were becoming progressively worse, but at least there was humor to be had out of how bad they were – like really low on the campy spectrum.
Transformers: Age of Extinction infuriated us so badly that we walked out halfway through. It had been panned critically, but that wasn’t enough for me. I got home that night, and saw that the movie had been expected to make over 100 Million dollars. And it championed again the following week. This is my desperate question, and I’m grasping at nothing but air, hoping for an answer: Who actually pays to see these films and actually enjoys it? And why?
As I was putting this amateur iMovie ’09 produced effort together over my last few days off from work, I came across a really well constructed video by the YouTube channel, Every Frame a Painting. With a keen eye, he breaks down the style of filmmaking and cinematography by Michael Bay, exposing his tendency to pretty much recycle everything else he’s ever done, but grander and more… explode-y.
While I can’t say that my criticism accompanies his arguments very well, his video on ‘Bayhem’ absolutely touches upon what I try to articulate.
We deserve better as movie goers. We shouldn’t have to pay for a lazy script, and certainly not half-assed cinematography.
**Drops the Mic**