Let’s think about the Planet Earth’s Michael Bay — as he’d now like to be called, claiming he is far too grand to be born of any mere mortal. (He probably hasn’t actually said any of those things.) But I do wonder if a significant portion of his many millions of dollars goes toward someone whose only responsibility is to brainwash Bay into ignoring the rampant hatred that follows most of the things he says.
At this year’s CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Bay made a jab at anyone that isn’t Michael Bay by saying that there are quite a few “rip-off” films with robots in them hitting theaters lately, and that seeing anything other than his Transformers franchise is less than optimus…er, optimal. While an explicit jab at Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Pacific Rim probably wasn’t his intention, it still drew some rather pointed remarks from del Toro himself.
“We are far, far, far away from that in a very willing fashion,” said del Toro. “This is my universe and my creation, and I do not create through comparison.” Kaboom! Del Toro goes further, saying his film’s battles “don’t occur in well-lit, supercool car commercial-looking environments,” and that “they occur in the middle of a raging sea storm of in a savage snowstorm. They happen in a universe that is incredibly saturated.”
For dessert, a slice of humble pie with the knife sticking out: Del Toro wisely mentions both directors are essentially rip-off artists, since “the source of all artificial life is Frankenstein.” I would much rather watch del Toro’s version of Frankenstein than Bay’s ill-fated knock-off of Back to the Future II.
For a real robot movie trailer, re-watch the epic Pacific Rim trailer below.