First of, I want to say that I love all of the movies you have directed. You are one of, if perhaps not the most visual director of our time. Your movies are nothing short of stunning every time. I consider my self a very big fan of your movies, and you are one of the top directors i like along with Ridley Scott and David Fincher.
Sadly your last movie, Tranformers, was not your greatest. now I do not want to insinuate that it was a poor movie, only not the best you have done.
First of, the main actor, Shia LaBeof, was perhaps not the best choice as an actor. In my opinion he does not make a good portrayal of a boy which experiences such an extraordinary situation. He is the same two dimensional character we all have seen in different action movies. At least your other movies have had characters with some depth in the character. One could say that this is not a character based movie. But I still think that a character should be grounded in reality in order to make a better experience for the audience.
Your movies has always had a very good visual style to it. The way you have shot action scenes is in a way that sticks out in my mind. I cannot put it in writing, as to why they are so good. But that was also one of the things that was lacking in Transformers. Although there were some shots that were stunning. An example of this is the scene in the begining of the movie where the tanks gets blown of the ground. The action sequences seems to be shot very close as compared to your previous movies where it apears to me that you have been using wider shots. This results in a more traditional way of shooting action sequences.
The biggest problem of Transformers I think are the Transformers themselves. While they look very good and have a level of detail that one could not get anywhere else, there seems to me that it was a litte overkill when constructing them. You state in your commentary, which was particulary interesting, that the the Transformers consists of about ten thousand different parts, as opposed to the seventeen parts the Transformers had in the TV-series. It of course adds a lot to the detail of it all, which I have mentioned, I find it a bit too much. ten thousand parts is a lot! While watching the film I find it difficult to enjoy the transformations due to all of the different moving parts. There is simply too many parts you will see moving at the same time, making it harder to actually make the transformations be interesting. When the Transformers transform, they look like huge mass of moving metal, without seeing where everything goes. The transformations then only becomes chaos until they have finished transforming. When you then combinde this with the closer shooting style of this movie, it makes for a rather uncomprehensible image to watch the Transformers doing anything. Although very impressive, not too entertaining for my part.
I hope that this post was comprehensible to read since English is not my first language. Please excuse any miss spelling. In addition hope that my oppinions will not aggravate any Transformers fans, that is certainly not my goal. I only wanted to express my opinions to what made this movie a lesser experience compared to his earlier works.
Thank you Michael bay if you have read this post, and to any body else who have read my first post on this forum.