Transformers (2008-unknown) Essay #2
The Transformers franchise has been a financial success for Paramount Pictures since its beginning in 2008, when the first installment hit global theaters. Despite the impressive international box office results of the first and its following films, Michael Bay’s incarnation of the Hasbro toys TV series were never able to convince most of the critics, @movie.select
included. The blockbuster franchise, nowadays, has 5 principal films and an upcoming spinoff, titled Bumblebee that will, like its name, focus on the titular Chevrolet car hero.
The films are unfortunately flawed in almost every aspect and they didn’t get increasingly better over the past decade. Its main problem is very likely Michael Bay, who directed all from I-V; this doesn’t mean he isn’t a good director, but the lack of new elements and innovation is a huge deficit from the franchise. While its installments may be considered as entertaining, action-packed, dumb blockbusters like the Fast&Furious series, they miss a major point, the F&F films do have : Charme and style, which mostly comes from the undoubtedly talented cast. When watching a new Transformers movie, it gives you the feeling that you’ve already seen it before and that is - simplified - the huge story mistake : they’re all same or at least similar. In my opinion, the visual effects aren’t good enough to hold up against all negative aspects, like directing, cliched characters, countless patriotic elements, the script and the resemblance between all of the films.
However, with this year’s Bumblebee, it looks like we’re finally getting away from the immense disappointments they are bringing the years, when they get released. Bumblebee spreads hope into one of the somehow most unsatisfying franchises today and with some luck, Paramount takes the winning formula of the upcoming film - whether it turns out to be good -, takes some directors onboard and changes it to entertaining popcorn-fun that everyone can enjoy.
What are your thoughts about it ?