Since the advent of the internet, people have taken movies a lot more seriously — dead seriously in a lot of ways. Materials such as comics, action figures, cartoons and so forth have become golden, infallible deities. When some film studio dares adapt one of these supreme spiritual beings to the big screen, the level of scrutiny is beyond anything we’ve ever seen in time’s past. And you know what? I’m guilty of this at times. Because of my depth of knowledge, I’ll never fully be able to take my fanboy goggles off, but sometimes you just have to dial down their intensity.
I say all this because I find the ‘Transformers’ series to be one of the most heavily scrutinized and ridiculed out there, and not always fairly. And believe me, I used to be a huge hater, because it’s one of those series that is cool to hate. It’s like a hipster thing, I swear. No matter how much good director Michael Bay does, he is just imbued with this reputation as a man who bastardizes people’s childhoods. I can’t defend the second ‘Transformers’ film, ‘Revenge of the Fallen’. It was the first I had seen in theatres, and I actually felt bad afterwards. I think I apologized to my date.