As though the ‘Transformers’ franchise already does not have enough people rolling their eyes, a new featurette promoting the film with Michael Bay has the director of the franchise touting the virtues of the 3D IMAX experience, explaining why everyone should see the latest ‘Transformers’ film in 3D. To his defense, this was the first film ever shot entirely in IMAX 3D using 3D cameras, which is a true feat, in the past the closest we got were select scenes shot using those cameras due to the huge expense of the cameras and the fact that supposedly the IMAX cameras were very loud and made running actual scenes very difficult for actors. Which of course would not be a problem for a movie like ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ because half of the cast is digital anyways, and Bay clearly cares very little for the nuanced performances his actors are giving, as long as there are plenty of explosions and action happening in the foreground. His primary justification for why this will be an amazing experience is that the IMAX 3D cameras are able to capture his explosions and the debris created by said explosions in 3D in a way that is impossible to recreate when converting footage in a 3D post-house, which made me laugh because it always comes back to explosions and action with Michael Bay.
Sadly for Bay, it does feel like the 3D experience has lost its luster as of late, and I’m not sure being the first movie shot entirely in IMAX 3D will be enough to save the gimmick, especially when people are starting to appreciate the look and feel of seeing movies in non-3D again (with perks that include no bulky/blurry/ dirty glasses to wear, the image on screen being brighter, tickets being cheaper). What are are your thoughts on the matter? After checking out the amusing featurette with Bay below, make sure to share your opinions in the comments section!
Official synopsis for the movie below (as though the plot really matters):
The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).
There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.
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