Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was a carelessly assembled, forcibly comic, and downright awful movie. There wasn’t an authentic moment in the entire film as director Michael Bay and his cast wink at the camera with a smug sense of self-awareness. This movie made $402 million.
As someone who spends a ridiculous amount of time watching and absorbing motion pictures, I feel I have an uncontrollable desire to see the next Transformers movie fail. This sense of schadenfreude does not derive from a hatred of Michael Bay or any members of the cast, but for a love of the art of cinema. If American audiences reject Transformers: Dark of the Moon in its first weekend then it shows an ability to learn from history instead of a robotic sense of duty to ingest the phony products that Hollywood sells. It’s wishful thinking on my part, but if the next Transformers film is a hit, the mindless, groupthink movie-going attitude wins.
The trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon premiered today on Apple Trailers and it does not look much different than what we have seen before. This could very well be a great movie and a worthy summer viewing, but unless I score free tickets I plan to avoid at all costs.
Check out the trailer below and let me know if you feel as negatively as me in the comments.