- 07 April 2010
- By John Howell
Were you unimpressed with Michael Bay's second Transformers movie, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen? If so, you're not alone. Even its 23 year old star Shia LaBeouf hated the movie. According to The Age newspaper, LaBeouf admitted that he was "confused" and often didn't know what was happening on set.
"There are a lot of people that liked the second one, but I hated it. I just didn't enjoy it," he said.
"I thought we missed the mark. I got confused, I couldn't see what the f**k was going on, you know with certain robots... I couldn't decipher what was happening. There were storyline paths that I just wouldn't have gone down."
For someone who hated it so much, you would think he would avoid a third Transformers movie like the plague. However, even with his hatred, he's signed on for a third movie anyway (and there's possibility of a fourth one in the works too). LaBeouf believes the third movie will be a big improvement.
"I know that directors Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg are dedicated to making the best movie we possibly can, and we're not going to miss next time," he told FHM Magazine.
Instead of laying the blame for the second movie on the producer and director (or his acting perhaps?) he believes it was first and foremost the result of the Hollywood writers' strike.
"We were making our second movie in the middle of the writers' strike. We had no script. We had to work with nothing," he said "We literally had like 40 pages. And everything was sort of made on the fly. But I think this time we will be more concise, and in a definite direction where we want to take it."
Having experienced Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in all its excessive, pulpish, metallic glory I'd suggest the script was probably a lot less than 40 pages. Presumably most of the script was simply filled with descriptions of flying/exploding/dancing/rapping robots, with frequent directions such as "add random loud noises" and "massive metal thing disassembles then reassembles itself and kills someone or something for some reason" – please repeat in different scenes with different colours and noises until credits roll.
So what are we likely to see in Transformers 3? Should we be waiting in anticipation or trembling with fear? Shia LaBeouf has faith, so perhaps we should too? I think you would be seriously delusional to entertain the possibility that you will experience a film that is a radical departure from the first two. After all, we're talking about a movie based on a kid's toy here. Why should we expect anything more? If Michael Bay directed a movie about a Barbie doll, would we expect Shakespeare? If you're a special effects connoisseur though, it could be just what you're craving. There's sure to be a bag full.
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