SMH. Well, at least Michael Bay acknowledges the silliness of his previous ‘Transformers’ movies. (Seriously, that scene where Sam was trying to hide the Autobots from his parents?! How long did that last, like two hours?!) But the big budget director says the fourth movie, ‘Age of Extinction’ which is already a relaunch with a new human cast headed by Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci, will also mark a different tonal direction for the franchise.
Bay states “I wanted the first [three] ‘Transformers’ to be very suburban and less cool. This is a much more cinematic one. I focused on keeping this one slick. There won’t be any goofiness in this one. We went a bit too goofy [on the last one].”
Well, it takes a big man to acknowledge his mistakes, so I give him credit for that and the silliness in the first batch was the biggest turn-off. That gives me hope that this next flick will truly mark a fresh start and a turning point for the franchise. A little humor is fine, but… no more robo-testicles, please?
Bay had previously sworn that ‘Dark of the Moon’ would be the final movie in the franchise, but states that it was seeing kids lined up for the Transformers ride at Universal Studios that convinced him to revisit the property. “It was the Transformers ride. It was seeing this two-and-a-half hour line, with all these kids lined up.” Obviously, the series has multiple generations of fans and potential for many more stories to be told. And with the possibility of the Dinobots showing up, that just puts icing on the cake!
Does the news that Bay is toning down the campiness make you more (or less) interested in seeing further installments? How do you think Mark Wahlberg and company will do, taking over the franchise?
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