Now, before you vomit in the back of your brain, let me explain. No, explaining would take too long, let me sum up…
It is evident to me that all of Michael Bay’s career has been carefully crafted to arrive at the point where he, and he alone, would direct the Transformers movies.
Still – keep holding that mental puke…
In a post-9/11 world, in a world that was already headed toward our current “Occupy/99% vs. 1%” reality, he included the character of the Decepticon Barricade – a police car – a villain – on the side of Barricade’s automobile form, it reads “to punish and enslave”.
Let’s think about that for a moment, shall we? A startling recognition of the reality that the police are the tools of the monied and powered elite.
All on the same page now? Good.
To hide that deep and perceptive clue to those of us paying attention, he crafted a series of… well, let’s be kind, less-than-brilliant films where we are meant to be entertained and entranced by violence and destruction, while never allowed to forget that one of the perpetrators of that chaos is a servant of evil, a Decepticon that looks like a police car, whose very name means “an obstacle, barrier, or bulwark”.
This single, powerful, subversive covert clue to the nature of our political and social system is why I believe Michael Bay, in spite of all that can legitimately be said about the puerile quality of his films, to be one of the greatest directors of all time.
Listening to: the chattering and shrieking of the poo-flinging monkeys in my head