It’s no secret I love gigantic Summer blockbusters. By the time a tent pole movie arrives, I’ve usually written a dozen or so articles about how excited I am to see it. Last year, movies like The Dark Knight Rises & The Avengers were mentioned more than any other movie on this blog.
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This year, Star Trek Into Darkness, Man of Steel, Iron Man 3 & Pacific Rim and more will more than likely dominate the next few months. But what about the not so distant future? 2014 is beginning to take shape and today, I start writing about one of the more intriguing blockbusters.
I think Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim is the biggest reason why they have to be careful with Transformers 4. The scope is bigger, the stakes are bigger and the fights are infinitely bigger.
Michael Bay is going to have to follow Pacific Rim with his reinvigorated Autobot tale. But I’m encouraged by his approach thus far. He isn’t trying to go bigger. He’s taking the franchise back to it’s roots. In it’s simplest form, the original Transformers was about a boy and his car. It was an intimate story that slowly lead to bigger things. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen lost sight of that. They tried to blow the roof off and wound up messing things up.
Dark of the Moon was a much more focused story but the damage was already done. There were too many robots and not enough connections. This is why I completely agree with the notion of introducing a new cast to the franchise.
“We’re going to start off smaller. There’s a brand new cast. To freshen the franchise we’ve redesigned everything from top to bottom. The history of the first three movies is still there, we start four years later and there’s a reason why we’re meeting a new cast.” (MichaelBay.com)
With Mark Walberg leading the way, Transformers 4 promises to be a more mature approach leaving Shia and his love interests behind.
I’m also a big fan of setting the film in the same universe as the first 3 movies. This way, we don’t have to spend much time setting things up. Transformers 4 is a non reboot… Reboot. I loved the original Transformers and I really hope going back to basics allows them to create something truly memorable.
But I don’t want to get ahead of myself. This is merely an introduction to what will become extensive coverage in the near future.
Transformers 4 is coming. Will they screw it up? Will it be the best in the series?