When it was announced that Michael Bay would be directing a movie based on a toy from the 1980s, the world got a little stupider. There’s no going back from that day — we now live in the post-Bay-Transformers world. Pay attention, and you’ll notice everyone’s a little slower. A little dumberer. It don’t even matter if you seen that movie! LOL!
But, smart doesn’t always mean good, and though the damage done to humanity’s collective intelligence is not debatable, perhaps the post-Bay-Transformers world is a better one.
The debate has a sizable number of Criticker users on either side, with an FCQ of 48.29… that’s Film Contentiousness Quotient (details here). No one is arguing for the film’s artistic merit, so the questions are: Are morphing machines cool, or lame? Does Bay blow stuff up good, or bad? Is Shia LeBouf the brightest young actor of his generation, or the most annoying?
- Terrible! (61%, 11 Votes)
- Great! (39%, 7 Votes)
Total Voters: 18
Here are a couple battling opinions from Criticker users.
BattleToad: “Though the acting is often over the top, it’s often warranted. After all, it’s not like they were going for all out realism. The CG is flawless and works very well with the practical effects. Above all else, Transformers has non-stop entertainment with solid pacing and excellent action. Most importantly, for fans like myself, it’s quite true to the source. Finally, it’s possibly the best work of director Michael Bay, who clearly focused on what he’s best at: visual flare. Awesome!”
JohnCrichton: “Disjointed story, needless characters, poorly formed CGI Transformers (with bad voice acting minus Optimus), weak storyline with needless extra story lines, pointless action and overall a typical Michael Bay disaster.”
And last week’s poll is closed, on Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Dead Man’s Chest. It was close — but by just one vote you voted that it was TERRIBLE.
Just to prove that we don’t always have to disagree, here are two more films that are the opposite of contentious:
Unanimously Crap (FCQ 0.27): Bringing Down the House. Steve Martin vs Queen Latifah!! And the results are… miserable.
Unanimously Sweet (FCQ 2.49): Sunset Blvd.. Billy Wilder’s undisputed masterpiece.