I just finished watching the trailer for Michael Bay’s latest ‘Transformers’ film, and I have to say that he’s had better trailers. This one has a particularly disjointed quality to it, and feels like random footage was thrown together with little logic.
Which isn’t unusual for a trailer, though some sort of narrative cohesion would be nice.
Perhaps I would be more enthusiastic if I knew, or cared, about any of the characters, old or new. And speaking of new, this time around we have Dinobots and Mark Wahlberg, who’s seems a bit more likable than Shia Lebeouf (who has an odd tendency to bite the hand that feeds).
By way of example, Samuel Jackson has played in some pretty mediocre films, yet I have never once read about him criticizing any of them. I suspect that he understands that it’s a job, and no matter what you feel about your job–or your boss, for that matter–you shut up and do what you’re paid to do because there are a lot of people that aren’t so fortunate. Unless you’re talking about David O’ Russell, who George Clooney was going to wipe the floor with, though he’s supposedly resolved his anger issues (scroll down to the bottom of the link, though there are some other interesting stories about directors and their issues with actors).
In reference to Michael Bay, he’s got a great visual sense. His films are very dynamic, but when you look beneath the awesome visuals, there’s not that much left.