Director Michael Bay knows how to put on a show – his films are model examples of action-packed cinema, full of explosive scenes and adrenaline-fueled stunts. He has become a controversial figure in the movie industry with his production manners that he’s been open about. While fans may not personally agree with some of Bay’s directorial decisions, they understand that he made those choices for a reason – he’s got a distinct vision for the look, sound, and feel of his work.
Some people prefer a movie with a lot of special effects, fast-cutting action, and violence. Bay is not one of those directors who is proud of himself for being subtle. Instead, he focuses on portraying lots of movement as fast as possible. So, here are some reasons why people still hate Michael Bay’s films (in general) –
He Focuses Too Much On Patriotism
While Michael Bay’s films are among the biggest blockbusters of all seasons, they regularly face criticism for his distorted portrayal of what is and what should be. He loves the American military and always seems to have some standing up to fight off an extraterrestrial threat – saving the world. But what many people don’t understand is that patriotism doesn’t always mean including an American flag in every shot or every scene you’re in.
He’s Terrible At Directing Comedy
One thing is not in any doubt: Michael Bay does what he does best. He makes big booming action films for the audience, and that’s about it. The problem with this is that his films are generally so over-the-top, can he even amuse the comedy audience? Worse still, could Bay make a good comedy if he tried? Perhaps he would, but the fact remains that Bay’s films are often full of cheap one-liners and weak-minded gags like watching Sam Witwicky’s mom eat pot brownies.
He Ruined Transformers And Ninja Turtles
If you were a child who grew up in the 80s, you probably liked Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Transformers. And no doubt Michael Bay destroyed the charm that made both of those franchises so popular with his terrible films. He didn’t direct Ninja Turtles but produced it. And with Transformers, he failed to capture any of the fans’ hearts in a way that would have made it appeal to audiences today like they used to back when we were kids.
He Objectifies Female Characters
One of the main issues with Michael Bay’s movies is that he has a tendency to portray male characters as heroic or evil and make female ones submissive or manipulative. In the first Transformer film, Megan Fox played the role of Mikaela Banes who was leaning over a car naked. It apparently made her a minor character who served only to win over Shia Laboeuf despite him being interested in other braver girls.
According to many film critics, Bay’s films are poorly shot. Bay is known for using slow motion, which he employs at least once during every explosion and in action movies in general. We notice the same low-angle shot of a character exiting a car every time it occurs. This happened even with the latest release Ambulance as well. It’s easy to deduce that Bays’ action scenes are also overrated because they fail to fill the audience in on what exactly happened, leaving viewers confused and feeling cheated out of what should be an intense movie experience.