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Re: Michael Bay Reiterates That Transformers 4 is Not a Reboot

Postby SKYWARPED_128 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:18 pm

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warzon3 wrote:Yes, they need humans to sell the movie to a wider audience, but I think they can make it a little more even. They have the production system in place after 3 movies. The efficency of the special effects could allow for more robot time.

Bay's movies feel like its more a movie about a Boy primarily. Rather than as Transformers movie.

Just look at Transformers Prime and the Character development. They had meaningful back stories or motivations. I know it is just a 2 hour movie, but I wish Bay kind of took a page from them...


Agreed on all points, although I will say this much; IMO, DOTM was a small step in the right direction.

The plot at least gave the Transformers more dpth this time around, featuring Sentinel as a turncoat, and Ironhide's death is done far more meaningfully than, say, the Arcees and Jetfire. While Jetfire's death is technically poignant, I personally felt nothing for his sacrifice. Maybe it's just that I don't like his "old man with Alzheimer's" characterization.

I could well be alone in this, but DOTM seems to feature far more characterization of the bots than the other two movies put together.

Sam's role in this was simply that he wanted to feel important again, while the plot (flawed as it is) developed independently. He makes his own contributions in unraveling the Decepticons' plans, but at least it never focused solely on him. Optimus has his own demons to fight after discovering his mentor's true motives, and even Megatron is trying to come to grips with his failing authority--though sadly these elements weren't very effectively shown on screen (hence, a small step in the right direction).
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Re: Michael Bay Reiterates That Transformers 4 is Not a Reboot

Postby Capt.Failure » Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:40 pm

warzon3 wrote:Yes, they need humans to sell the movie to a wider audience, but I think they can make it a little more even. They have the production system in place after 3 movies. The efficency of the special effects could allow for more robot time.

Bay's movies feel like its more a movie about a Boy primarily. Rather than as Transformers movie.

Just look at Transformers Prime and the Character development. They had meaningful back stories or motivations. I know it is just a 2 hour movie, but I wish Bay kind of took a page from them...


Two problems here:

1. Just because it has more screen time for human characters doesn't mean it isn't a Transformers movie.

2. Bay isn't in charge of characterization. Blame the writers for that.
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Re: Michael Bay Reiterates That Transformers 4 is Not a Reboot

Postby AutoBorst » Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:52 am

Ultra Markus wrote:"to broaden the franchise and give it more places to go"
what does he mean by that and should we be worried?
All it means is giving Hasbro more toys and repaints to flood stores with.

I'll be avoiding this new movie like I did the last two. These films are complete trash.
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Re: Michael Bay Reiterates That Transformers 4 is Not a Reboot

Postby noctorro » Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:10 am

Very excited about part 4.

I think the designs will go in the direction of Gundam. So less milions of tiny parts but more big plates. Like Fall Of Cybertron.

But we do have to remember, Transformers aren't combat suits for humans. Their technology is far superior and all parts have to work kind of organic. Not simple cogs and a few wires.

I agree, you can't put the bots in front, rendering these guys costs way more then an actor.

I have high hopes for the next, DOTM was great imho, (I do focus on the good parts and try to mentally avoid the bad parts). And I gotta say, that was pretty hard in ROTF.
Just let the stupid silly bots be handbag sized so they can't do anything relevant in battle.
Then again, Brains and Wheely were pretty funny :D

Hopefully Hasbro will complete the main cast in figures and in good scale, still waiting for DOTM Leader Megatron/Shockwave.
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Re: Michael Bay Reiterates That Transformers 4 is Not a Reboot

Postby syphonn » Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:57 am

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Re: Michael Bay Reiterates That Transformers 4 is Not a Reboot

Postby Kibble » Mon Feb 04, 2013 1:22 pm

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Rated X wrote:This whole reboot/not a reboot saga is getting really stupid. Lets just waterboard Michael Bay till he tells us the plot. :HEADHURTS:


Plot? Wait...are you just trying to get Bay to be waterboarded to death? ;)
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Re: Michael Bay Reiterates That Transformers 4 is Not a Reboot

Postby Nemesis Maximo » Mon Feb 04, 2013 1:41 pm

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SKYWARPED_128 wrote:
warzon3 wrote:Yes, they need humans to sell the movie to a wider audience, but I think they can make it a little more even. They have the production system in place after 3 movies. The efficency of the special effects could allow for more robot time.

Bay's movies feel like its more a movie about a Boy primarily. Rather than as Transformers movie.

Just look at Transformers Prime and the Character development. They had meaningful back stories or motivations. I know it is just a 2 hour movie, but I wish Bay kind of took a page from them...


Agreed on all points, although I will say this much; IMO, DOTM was a small step in the right direction.

The plot at least gave the Transformers more dpth this time around, featuring Sentinel as a turncoat, and Ironhide's death is done far more meaningfully than, say, the Arcees and Jetfire. While Jetfire's death is technically poignant, I personally felt nothing for his sacrifice. Maybe it's just that I don't like his "old man with Alzheimer's" characterization.

I could well be alone in this, but DOTM seems to feature far more characterization of the bots than the other two movies put together.

Sam's role in this was simply that he wanted to feel important again, while the plot (flawed as it is) developed independently. He makes his own contributions in unraveling the Decepticons' plans, but at least it never focused solely on him. Optimus has his own demons to fight after discovering his mentor's true motives, and even Megatron is trying to come to grips with his failing authority--though sadly these elements weren't very effectively shown on screen (hence, a small step in the right direction).

This summarizes my feelings perfectly. DOTM was one giant leap in the wanton destruction of Chicago...one small step in the right direction. I just take 'em for what they are. :michaelbay:
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Re: Michael Bay Reiterates That Transformers 4 is Not a Reboot

Postby 9adam83 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 4:09 pm

Michael Bay is a talentless moron that needs a severe beating! His Bayformers Movies are garbage and have nothing to do with Transformers. I am sick and tired of seeing this moron screw up something that I hold dear to me and my 80's childhood. This clown has destroyed anything good from the franchise and to take "Creative design" to the Transformers is nothing to be pleased about! Sorry, but Hasbro and Bayformers will not get any money from me! G1 all the way!
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Re: Michael Bay Reiterates That Transformers 4 is Not a Reboot

Postby NatsumeRyu » Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:28 pm

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What if the reason the GIJoe movie got pushed back was because it hints at a crossover and they wanted it to be secret longer? D: If so, mind blown. Kill me now so I can't have my high hopes dashed, please.

Oh please oh please oh please do a crossover. Please.
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Re: Michael Bay Reiterates That Transformers 4 is Not a Reboot

Postby shortwave » Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:56 am

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I just want the movies to be good i promised my little brother i would see them 12 hours before he died.
And my god they were horrific ok i admit i enjoyed the 1st one but that was more nostalgia than anything.
the only reason i saw the last two were hope thay were good and a promise that i would.
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Re: Michael Bay Reiterates That Transformers 4 is Not a Reboot

Postby Nemesis Maximo » Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:11 am

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Look on the bright side: at least they can't possibly be as bad as Battleship.
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Re: Michael Bay Reiterates That Transformers 4 is Not a Reboot

Postby shortwave » Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:07 pm

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B4 damit B4. the aliens ate invading get one tank to travel from left to right and fire upwards its out only hope.
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Re: Michael Bay Reiterates That Transformers 4 is Not a Reboot

Postby Capt.Failure » Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:36 pm

shortwave wrote:B4 damit B4. the aliens ate invading get one tank to travel from left to right and fire upwards its out only hope.


...

What?
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Re: Michael Bay Reiterates That Transformers 4 is Not a Reboot

Postby shortwave » Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:05 am

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Space invaders. how young are you?
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Re: Michael Bay Reiterates That Transformers 4 is Not a Reboot

Postby Capt.Failure » Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:41 pm

shortwave wrote:Space invaders. how young are you?


I recall that film when it was in theaters. Never saw it. No need to call age into question like a petulant fanboy. :roll:
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Re: Michael Bay Reiterates That Transformers 4 is Not a Reboot

Postby shortwave » Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:49 pm

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Not being petulant just trying to put a smile on peoples faces. :grin:
some thing most directors and writers these days cant do.
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