As Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction destroys childhoods on its way to the first $100 million opening of the year, some interviews around the net have shed light on just how such an abomination of plot and characterization can even come to exist in the first place. First up, Age of Extinction writer Ehren Kruger talked to Slashfilm about what it's like to write for Bay:
How do you write for Michael Bay’s style?
Writing for Michael is very — he’s a very sensory director, and sometimes an “overload” director. He’s someone who is always looking to top himself, certainly from an action perspective and a stylistic perspective. So very early on we’re throwing ideas back and forth. We talk about sequences and visuals and moments. Whereas in some other films, or “ordinary” films, you might be very slavish to story and narrative first, and logical sense above all. When you’re talking about aliens, robotic machines which disguise themselves as vehicles and animals, you start to make your peace with the idea that logical sense doesn’t have to be the be-all, end-all. It needs to be amazing fun for the audience. They need to be swept up, and be promised that they’re going to see things that make it worth spending money on a ticket.
This film, and some other Transformers films, does away with, for example, some basic connective tissue between story sequences.
At moments it is quasi-experimental, yes. You have to understand, with a big summer movie like this, especially this franchise, [Michael Bay] doesn’t quite look at it like competing with movies. He looks at it like “should I go see Transformers, or spend a day at Six Flags?” There’s a big spectacle quality to it that he is promising, and that is one of the things that makes this franchise different than your X-Men, Spider-Man, or Planet of the Apes films. It’s something this series does that is its own style. That is all part of the package. Some days, it’s like writing a Cirque du Soleil show.
So logical sense is not a concern for the story of Transformers movies. That explains a lot. We thought they were just doing a poor job of making a coherent movie, but in actuality, they're just not even trying.
Next up, Bay discussed Transformers "fans" with MTV:
They love to hate, and I don’t care; let them hate. They’re still going to see the movie! I think it’s good to get a little tension. Very good.
So there you go. Michael Bay has your number, fanboys and fangirls. For all your complaining, this franchise is four movies in and it's still making a shitload of money. And as your childhood lies in the fetal position at the bottom of the shower, weeping, Michael Bay is laughing all the way to bank.