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Michael Bay criticises Transformers sequel

Transformers2.jpgI thought the title of "Michael Bay criticises Transformers sequel and so who's going to sack him like Megan Fox" was perhaps a little long, but finally, after time, it seems that both the male lead and the director have joined Megan Fox in saying some rather negative things about the film, but it's not the director's fault.

Well, not according to the director anyway.

It must all get very complicated behind the scenes, signing to do a film, being under contract with the studio, having to support the film through anything and not being able to criticise it, and possibly not being able to get out of the contract and perhaps not wanting to either. Really though, that's all conjecture.

What we do know is that Megan Fox criticised Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and she didn't return for the third film and was replaced by a model. Then Shia LaBeouf commented negatively about the film saying it had no heart but plenty of big action sequences, he suggested it just got too big.

Now we're hearing from the director himself, Michael Bay, who now tells us what his stars have already said, through The Hollywood Reporter:

"The real fault with [Transformers 2] is that it ran into a mystical world...When I look back at it, that was crap. The writers' strike was coming hard and fast. It was just terrible to do a movie where you've got to have a story in three weeks...

...I was prepping a movie for months where I only had 14 pages of some idea of what the movie was. It's a BS way to make a movie, do you know what I'm saying?"

Wow. You have to look back now and wonder if Megan Fox was the first one with enough balls to speak honestly about the film and the other two took their own sweet time to pipe up. Of course we really don't know the whole story, and Fox's words were a little more critical of the director rather than the film, but then perhaps she didn't know the problem was with a film being made with just fourteen pages of a script.

Still, being fair and taking all this into account you do have to wonder how the pressure was so much that they couldn't just delay the film to make a better one. At least the studio saw some sense and allowed a third to be made.

There's an interesting comment at the end though where he says that:

"There was a recent movie where you go in and before it starts they put up a little plate: 'These scenes were not shot in 3D.' Are you kidding?"

Yeah, I think he's referring to TRON: Legacy (Filmstalker review), or at least the teaser that was shown before the film was released, that clearly states that some of the scenes in the film are 2D and you should keep your glasses on through them. That was a choice made by the film, the real world scenes are in 2D and the computer world is in 3D. I got that, I thought it worked rather well.

Bay's a lot more hopeful about Transformers: Dark of the Moon in 3D though. He says that James Cameron called him up and asked him to save 3D before it died:

"Cameron was like, 'Mike, directors like you have to do 3D or it is going to die,'"

See, I told you. I could well believe that 3D was, and perhaps is, destined to die, after all it's a gimmick in almost all of the films it's used in. Okay there are a few exceptions where it works really well, but for me the only one I've seen has been Avatar (Filmstalker review), Bay thinks otherwise and that Transformers: Dark of the Moon is going to be different, this one's really going to be spectacular, no really. After all there's no writer's strike this time.



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