A lot better than it deserves to be as it at least respect the origin story but there is too much focus on the humans and the Autobots and Decepticons are too grey and one-dimensional lacking the personality and colorful design they had in the cartoon show. Impossible to really grasp what happens in the chaotic action scenes too which is edited to death.
[J. Brew Recommendations: Day 2/7] I thought it was really brave for Michael Bay to allow a 12-year-old boy on the cusp of puberty to write this movie; and even braver still to allow that same 12-year-old boy to direct the movie as well. The story sucks, the characters suck, the action sucks...whatever just go sell your damn toys, Hasbro.
After watching Transformers, I must pay homage to director Michael Bay for sharing his recreational interests with the rest of the world. Until this moment, I knew little about his fierce fervour towards the field of alchemy. But now I perceive him as a perfectionist. He has somehow turned human excrement into film. It's not merely bad; it's unpleasant in a hostile way.
I don't hate Michael Bay. I don't hate his movies. What I really, really fucking hate are the people who believe this movies cannot be criticized "because they are suppossed to be bad". That's bullshit, even Ed Wood believed that what he was doing was good. By allowing this kind of mentality, we are just giving Bay, and Hollywood, carte blanche so they can keep making shitty movies.