In which we “celebrate” ten years of Transformers and IMAX. : (
Look, IMAX is an amazing format. The sound and the picture can encompass you in ways that a lot of us have forgotten exist for cinematic experiences. It’s one of the main reasons to go to the movies these days. I’ll never forget the opening of The Dark Knight in IMAX. The film opens with you immediately in mid air with the surrounding cityscape of Gotham (Chicago) filling up every corner of your view. We push in on a window and it bursts. The rest is history, but that prologue ends with Heath Ledger’s Joker saying face to face with you, “Whatever doesn’t kill you, simply makes you strangerrrr.” It was one of my favorite movie going experiences.
And when you combine the large format of IMAX with 3D? Well, that sounds awesome!
But not everything is The Dark Knight, Gravity, or Doctor Strange. No, some things are Transformers.
I know these movies, all four or five or however many of them exist now make a billion dollars a piece. But does anyone really like them? And if you do, are you older than 7? And if you are older than 7, can you explain to me just what the fuck happens in any of them after the first one? Please?
These movies are some of the most technically impressive features we have, but the craft of all of the stunt work, record breaking explosions, and special effects work done by ILM are lost. Lost in the millions of CG mechanical pieces that all look the same in the midst of three cuts per second action that involves explosions and characters who I couldn’t name if my life depended on it. So as impressive as the technology is, and as good of a technical filmmaker Michael Bay is, let me know when Dunkirk is out.
His love of most things in entertainment can be summed up by having an English Bulldog named Spielberg and consistently asking if it’s Halloween yet.