So, director Michael Bay’s fourth installment, in the cash-cow franchise / amusement park ride / “film” that is Transformers, made $100 million in the U.S., $300 million worldwide, over this last weekend. But The Daily Beast‘s Teo Bugbee – yes, TEO BUGBEE – is not a fan of Transformers: Age of Extinction, to say the least. (Neither is Rotten Tomatoes where it gets just 16%.) You can read the whole review here, but this pretty much sums it up:
“Just try to think of Michael Bay as the Pied Piper of shit, come with his panpipe of explosions and unbearable metal screeches to lure away your children, steal their innocence, and collect his hundred million-dollar paycheck before he moves on to the next town. And if he can, he’ll steal your soul while he’s at it.
I know, I know, it’s just a movie. I should relax, just go with it. Have fun! Live a little! It’s not the end of the world if some people like a big dumb movie like TRANSFORMERS. But here’s the thing. I can see vulgarity and ugliness anywhere I want to look, and I can see it for free. I want my movies to give me something to believe in. Michael Bay is just taking up space where our fantasies ought to be.
Save the world. Don’t see Transformers.”