Michael Bay: Bad, But Never Boring
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Michael Bay: Bad, But Never Boring

Michael Bay is often seen as a bad film maker, whether you agree with that statement or not, you have to admit, he is at least fascinating.

Michael Bay: Bad, But Never Boring

This is not the first time I've talked about Michael Bay and it probably won't be the last. Michael Bay, despite his negative reputation, still gets steady work and his films are, at least, massive financial successes.To me, Michael Bay is a film maker who wouldn't know a solid script if it slapped him in the face, the humor in his films are lowest common denominator at best and downright offensive at worst, and he really needs to learn how to hold a shot in an action scene for longer than half a second. Despite all of this, I've never found any of his films boring and, as a film maker, he is bizarrely fascinating.

Though Bay can be a bad film maker in many respects, one area he often excels at is visual effects. Whether they be CGI or practical effects, Bay knows how to crank up the intensity and make his action scenes as visceral as possible. This has given Bay a unique film making style to the degree that if you watch one of his film, you would know he directed it without having to look up that information. While not good, Bay's films are always fascinating to analyse.

One of the things I find myself hating the most in a majority of Bay's films are the downright unlikable characters. Almost everyone in his films are overly aggressive, loud, obnoxious, selfish, shallow, stupid, willfully malicious, or downright stereotypical. However, they are so bizarre and hateful that they often serve as an open window into the man that created them. It almost seems like Michael Bay is both fascinated and disgusted with humanity to the point that he almost takes glee in endangering them and sometimes blowing them up.

Michael Bay's films are, even when they're bad, often an interesting look into the psyche of an almost insane human being who takes joy in rampant, unrelenting destruction and deplorable human behavior. One of the few times where that genuinely worked was in his film "Pain & Gain", but that's because the film is about a group of deplorable people who do bad things and the film recognizes that rather than trying to present them as heroes. "Pain & Gain" is one of they few Bay films that work because the story of shallow and greedy body builders committing crimes is one that fits perfectly into Bay's strange and often unsettling world view.

Michael Bay is proof that you don't have to be good to be interesting. Many films have had passable scripts, alright characters, and do most things better than Bay, but most of those films come across as generic and boring compared to the fascinating insanity that is Bay. Bay may be objectively worse than a lot of the film makers working in Hollywood right now, but you cannot deny he has created a name for himself and his films are almost hypnotically strange when you try to analyse them. "Bayhem" may often lead to a bad time, but it never leads to an uninteresting one.

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