In the latest entry in our ongoing series, Ryan George reveals what (likely) happened at Michael Bay’s 2007 Transformers launch meeting.
In the latest entry in our ongoing series, Screen Rant’s Ryan George reveals what (likely) happened at Michael Bay’s 2007 pitch meeting. Transformers live action movie. Robots in disguise had been around in one form or another since 1984, when the franchise launched with a highly successful line of toys, comics, and cartoons. There was even an animated feature film in 1986, Transformers: The MovieAlthough that was a critical and commercial bombshell (it would become a cult classic decades later).
When director Michael Bay took over the project in 2007, Transformers I was in a kind of cultural calm. There were rights issues with comics, and cartoons of that time were universally viewed as low-budget, low-quality affairs. Bay’s film reinvigorated robots in disguise in the cultural lexicon, for better or for worse.
2007 Transformers The movie sees the Autobots and Decepticons bring their fight to Earth as they search for a mystical artifact known as the Allspark. The search leads them to a young man named Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf in a star performance) who befriends the Autobot scout Bumblebee without words. The bond between a boy and his car forms the emotional backbone of the film, and it works surprisingly well, as does Bay’s signature mayhem in the third act.
The film was a huge success for Paramount, although critics were somewhat divided on its merits. Bay would return with a whopping four sequels, each louder and more incoherent than the previous entry. Under Bay’s guidance, the Transformers The movies became something of a shorthand for everything that’s wrong with blockbuster movies: flimsy plot, no real character development to speak of, confusing CGI action, and a 12-year-old’s sense of humor. .
The franchise would eventually get back on track. In 2018, director Travis Knight took over Bumblebee, a quasi-prequel to Bay’s films that focused almost exclusively on the young Autobot explorer and his relationship with teenage Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld). Critics were far kinder to the funny and thoughtful film than to any of Bay’s proposals, although the film was only a modest box office success.
Not much is known yet about the next entry in the Transformers movie franchise. The latest rumors suggest a connection to the classic. Beast Wars iteration of the franchise from the 1990s, though it is also said to be something of a sequel to Bumblebee as well. Whichever direction the franchise takes next, hopefully it has left behind the most sordid and goofy indulgences of Bay movies.
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