Michael Bay Did Not Like Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen

Michael Bay recently sat down to talk with the LA Times and spoke about Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen.

Many people (myself not included) didn’t like the previous installment of the franchise ‘Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen.’ For those that don’t like Revenge of the Fallen you’ll be glad to know that Michael Bay agrees with you. Bay called Revenge of the Fallen a “mess.” He says:

Look, the movie had some good things in it and it was entertaining and it did very well, but it also failed in some key ways. I learned from it. And now with this third movie we’re going back to basics and I absolutely believe this is going to be a much better film than the second one.

Bay says that part of the problems with Revenge of the Fallen was due to the writer’s strike that shut down Hollywood. Bay says:

The big thing was the writers strike, it hurt the film and it made it hard on everybody. We had three weeks to get our story and, really, we were going into the movie without a script. It’s tough to do that. It was too big of a movie. There were too many endings or too many things thatfelt like endings. There was so much animation [in the visual effects post production work], too, and we ran out of time.  We used the schedule of the first movie for the second movie but on the second one way more labor was needed for the animation. And then it felt like we were writing the script in the edit room, trying to put together a story.

I’m surprised by Bay’s honesty. I do like him as a filmmaker but when I usually read interviews with him I can’t help but roll my eyes at his arrogance. I don’t know if this wave of honesty is an attempt to do some damage control but it’s refreshing to hear his honesty and not hear him toot his own horn like he is prone to do.

Revenge of the Fallen is far from perfect but when I go to see a Transformers movie I’m looking for a lot of action, cool cars and trucks, and I just want to have fun.  I experienced all that with Revenge Of The Fallen. The fact that Bay didn’t like Revenge Of The Fallen and wants to make the next one better gives me a lot hope for how good Transformers: Dark Side Of The Moon.  If Bay feels he needs to go top himself we could be in for a great and perhaps final Transformers film.


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January 2011

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