Transformers: Age Of Extinction - 10 Reasons We’re Freaking Out
9. Theyve Shifted From The Romance Angle To The Family Angle
Throughout the original trilogy, the "human" story was all about Shia LaBeouf falling in love with some girl clearly out of his league, thus fulfilling the male geek audiences fantasies by proxy. He won Megan Fox in Act I, almost lost her but ultimately kept her in Act II, and with minimal effort on his part (and the writers') he landed Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Act III. Not only was any hope of continuity laid to rest with these films, but so was any semblance of a story outside of a male gamer's fantasy life. Male gamers only make up a small, select portion of the people that actually go to see movies like this. The other, majority portion of viewers? Younger kids and their families that are dragged to another talking robot movie. How it took them three movies to realise that we shouldn't be selling crassjokes and scantily clad women to children is beyond us, especially because they don't get half of that stuff anyway. The fact that the filmmakers have finally caught on and tried to turn their toy selling franchise into a toy selling franchise parents can safely show their children is a big improvement. (To anyone who doesn't have children, try to imagine explaining the pot brownies scene in Revenge of The Fallen to a six year old.) Sure it's going to still be a violent movie, but violence is more easily explained than lewd humour. Not to mention, parents might actually be more likely to sit through a movie with their children if they aren't being so poorly "pandered" to.
Mike Reyes may or may not be a Time Lord, but he's definitely the Doctor Who editor here at What Culture. In addition to his work at What Culture, Mr. Reyes writes for Cocktails and Movies, as well as his own personal blogs Mr. Controversy and The Bookish Kind. On top of that, he's also got a couple Short Stories and Novels in various states of completion, like any good writer worth their salt. He resides in New Jersey, and compiles his work from all publications on his Facebook page.