Yeah, I thought this was a joke at first too. Unfortunately, my fellow moviegoers, it’s anything but a joke: Paramount Pictures is promoting Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction for best picture.
I know, I know, it’s awful. From a considerations banner Paramount Pictures recently released, the production company has indicated support not only for producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura as the recipient for best picture: they’ve also had the nerve to put in the phrase “for consideration in all categories.” That means they are also advocating Michael Bay for best director and Ehren Kruger for best adapted screenplay.
Again I say: WHAT?!?!?!
I want to give a knee-jerk reaction to this horrible bit of news, but let’s be level-headed here for a second and think on the level of a producer. If you were producing a multi-million dollar film, and you were thinking of your movie as a product instead of a work of art, what would you want to do with it? That’s right: you would want to MARKET it. You would want to get the word out there, get people talking about it, and get people to keep talking about it, because the more they talk, the more money you get in your pocket. If we look at this “for your considerations” package as a publicity stunt to get people’s attention, then it’s a smart move. Hey: it’s got me talking.
That being said, this putrid pile of movie muck needs to stay so far from the Academy Awards that people will think there’s a restraining order on it. I hated this movie, and I think the people of America are right there with me on it. Critics on Rottentomatoes gave it an 18%, while the users gave it less than 60%. MetaCritic gave it a 32 out of 100, while the users gave it a 4.7 out of 10. iMDB gave it a 5.9.
All of these sites have one thing in common: they all have averaged that Transformers: Age of Extinction is the worst-rated Transformers movie out of the series.
Yeah, it’s the highest grossing movie of the year with about $1,087,000,000 sitting in its pocket. So what? Money has never defined if a movie is good or not. Indeed, how many times has The Fast and Furious and Twilight movies made it into the end of the year’s top ten? For Pete’s sake, even The Smurfs had one of the highest grosses in the year of 2011, and that movie was worse than any of the Transformers films.
What do you guys think? Should the Academy give Transformers: Age of Extinction best picture consideration? Or–
No, uh-uh, I’m not finishing that question. Don’t consider this movie for best picture. Don’t consider this movie for best director. Don’t consider this movie for best screenplay, acting, editing, cinematography, score, makeup, or production design. I don’t even want it nominated for visual effects or sound editing.
Congradulations, Mr. Di Bonaventura. You have people talking about your movie. And guess what? It still sucks.
– David Dunn
SOURCE: Cinemablend, ComicBook.com