Michael Bay, USA, 2009, 150 min.
The internet is full of reports of how bad Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen is. It is a bad film. The plot is full of holes and is only there to get from set piece to set piece. The characters are one-dimensional. The action is loud, big and confusing.
Everyone seems to blame Michael Bay. He is the director. He makes movies that everyone seems to hate. Transformers, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor. These are films that got lambasted by critics and movie-goers.
The thing is, his films make lots and lots of money. Transformers 2 is going to make lots and lots of money. So Michael Bay is not at fault. It’s all of our faults. Everyone who went to see it and is going to see it know exactly what the movie is going to be like. Yet the crowds still line up. LCD and I knew we wouldn’t like it, but will still went opening night. If all of us didn’t go to the film, then it wouldn’t make any money and we wouldn’t have to have this same situation happen for Transformers 3.
Bottom line: I respect Michael Bay. I don’t like his films, but they are technical achievements and have a unique signature that only he can deliver. He does what he does, and everyone goes to see it. He enjoys making his movies and they make lots of money. The studio is happy so the cycle continues. Is that his fault?