Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen director Michael Bay says his 2009 sequel was crap.
What comes to my mind is a different four letter word starting with an “s” and with the same meaning.
My description is more vivid and more accurate.
Once in awhile a negative review generates a massive negative response from readers. That’s what happened with Revenge of the Fallen.
Before I get deeper into what Bay said about his movie, here’s what I wrote about Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen:
“No white elephants in the room. I’ll be brutal. Bay’s film sucks with a capital ‘S’ and with the word enveloped in bold italics. Slathering fans that pop out of a showing of Bay’s sequel, Revenge of the Fallen and think it’s one of the — oh-my-gosh — best movies ever worry me.”
And some people did come out of the movie thinking it was an all-time classic. Maybe I was a little harsh with fans by adding the adjective “slathering.”
My own critics took exception. I don’t have the criticisms anymore, but they were ugly. Many took dead aim at my looks, think my curly hair is a “merm” — it’s not — and told me I am ugly, stupid and a moron.
You know, comments that really have to do with my “take” on the movie.
Sports talk show commentator Jim Rome calls those he disagrees with morons. Is that where this comes from? Whatever the source, where I come from when someone disagrees with you, that’s OK. We of the “old school” believe others ought to be able to have an opinion that isn’t ours.
We call it being open-minded. These days, open-minded means you agree with me or you aren’t open-minded.
I think most of you are too sensitive when it comes to trendy flicks such as Transformers or Twilight, Harry Potter, or more artsy fare like Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
Enjoy this stuff if you want, but crap is crap.
In the case of Scott Pilgrim, I was skewed by some readers for not understanding the character’s life-is-a-video-game, text messaging, non-involved generation. When I catch a 20-something trying to do his thing at a urinal in a theater restroom while also trying to construct a text message on his cell phone, I have to admit they may be right.
What I do understand is that you like the movie. And that’s perfectly OK. What I don’t understand is the vehemence with which some criticize my criticism. Point out where I get it wrong, yes, but can’t it be done without name-calling? And some of the things my critics say are brutal.
While I am not the overly sensitive type, some of the criticisms sting. I still have trouble getting over a comment from a guy who said I ought to have my eyes cut out.
That’s hate speech. Really.
Some believe the same kind of talk led to that “moron” to shoot all those people and that really nice Congresswoman in Arizona. The same kind of talk that those spewing hate speech toward me ought to be banned from radio talk shows.
Sorry to get preachy.
One last thought. When I strike a chord with readers, the negative and nasty comments come early. I mostly suspect by people that haven’t seen the movie. Later comments are more agreeable and agree with me.
Back to where I get vindicated and — will nicely do the “L” hand signal — and say that Transformer: Revenge of the Fallen director Michael Bay says I was right to beat up his film. I’m going to turn his comments into this:
You were wrong to beat me up over my review of his movie.
Bay said the writer’s strike of 2007 and 2008 turned his production to a rushed mess.
“I was prepping a movie for months where I only had 14 pages of some idea of what the movie was. It's a BS way to make a movie,” he said.
His star Shia LaBeouf agreed. “We got lost. We tried to get bigger. It's what happens to sequels. It's like, how do you top the first one? You've got to go bigger. Mike went so big that it became too big, and I think you lost the anchor of the movie... You lost a bit of the relationships. Unless you have those relationships, then the movie doesn't matter. Then it's just a bunch of robots fighting each other.”
Bay and LaBeouf’s complaints are those I had about the movie — exactly. And the robots fighting each other wasn’t that good or that clear. Here’s another excerpt from my review:
“The Transformers transform so quickly and move in such a flurry that it is nearly impossible to digest what’s happening. In the non-stop battles you rarely know which Transformer is which. They’re just a blur of action accompanied by a lot of noise. They kill humans, level buildings, ancient monuments and each other. The automatons rage on for two hours. What passes for a plot is interspersed into the remaining half an hour.”
And there you have it. I’m right and my critics are wrong.
Now can we all just be friends?