So today we catch a glimpse of the first full trailer from the next in the Transformers franchise and once again folks Michael Bay serves a cold dish of disappointment. There are so many things in this trailer which serve as more evidence to why this film franchise will continue shitting on the show people around the world grew up watching. I have dedicated a list of reasons this film is likely to disappoint from the trailer alone, hit the jump to read.
- Hello Archetypes, Goodbye Originality
Mark Wahlberg plays a scrapyard dealer who is in financial difficulty. Struggling to finance his daughter college funds, he pins his hopes on re-conditioning a truck (Oh shit, that truck turns out to be Optimus Prime, Crikey who’d of fucking guessed). It just reeks of unoriginality, convenience and most of all stupidity. Wahlberg portrays a character we have seen many times before in various shapes and forms, the everyday man turned hero, poverty to riches. The archetype is so seasoned that the storyline is what the film will have to rely on, well…That and explosions and fast-cut can’t see shit action, don’t hold your breathe.
- Could Wahlberg be anymore Dorky?
I found myself laughing at this trailer, the CGI played a small part in that, but moreover it was the goofyness of Wahlberg delivering such stinkers as “I think it’s a Transformer!” and “You should never of come after my family”. The clunky dialogue reduces him to a parody of an action star, i image he prepared for the role by watching numerous sub-par 90’s action films under the strict instruction of Bay. I’m not saying Wahlberg is going to be bad, but i get an underlying feeling from this trailer that suggests he’s not exactly taking the part seriously. Tom Cruise did the same in Jack Reacher which turned out to be a majorly flawed but still very entertaining flick thanks to his tongue-in-cheek performance, but it’s dangerous game, you never know which side of the wall you will fall on.
- Throwing in characters to hit demographics
Wahlberg’s motive in the film is the protection of his family, more specifically his daughter who can be seen in various shots distressed and calling out for her “daddy” which has become the most irritating thing about the film, besides it’s existence. It’s like the studio mentioned to Bay that the film for some reason needed to reach a bigger demographic, so he shoe-horned in a family, you know to add that emotional backbone which will reach out to parents and secure butts in seats. Though essentially what this really means is that Nicola Peltz becomes the film’s emotional lynchpin, which isn’t wholly encouraging considering she’s known mainly for her role in the excruciatingly terrible The Last Airbender.
- Dinobots, Urgh
I get it, I get it, i know it’s called Transformers Age Of Extinction, so the Dinobots are going to have to feature, but isn’t it a little ridiculous to bring to screen. I know we are gonna be hit with the promising Godzilla reboot later this year and Pacific Rim was a chaotic blast, but i feel that the Dinobots are just gonna be thrown in, in true Michael Bay spirit, just for ascetic as oppose to fitting nicely into this bizarre universe he has re-imagined. Though I think my gripe goes back further than Bay, I think the Dinobots are a terrible premise anyway, I mean the whole point of the Transformers being able to transform is so that can disguise themselves in our society, when was the last time we saw a 12 meter Dinosaur wander through New York?
- Michael Bay
Catch the trailer below!!!