This is a list I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. Every time a trailer came out for one of these movies I was fooled into think it is going to be good. The trailer for the 3rd film (the #2 trailer) might be the best trailer ever made. This article is a little bit of a troll by the way.
So let’s do this list! In the words of Human Torch: Flame on!
9. The ancillary characters are not needed.
What are ancillary characters you ask? Well, they’re characters that are added that don’t impact the main story. Transformers movies are loaded with them. Consider for a second Captain William Lennox (Josh Duhamel), what purpose does he serve in the overall story? Protecting Sam? Not really. He is there just to have a handsome white guy in the movie. However, he does deliver one of the greatest lines in movie history:
“Listen to me, you‘re a soldier now!”
Or, think about the role of Anthony Anderson, a brilliant comedic actor, who is given a weird hacker role that serves no purpose other than to let him scream at his mom. It is borderline offensive.
I’m not saying that Michael Bay shouldn’t have such characters in his movies — just give the characters something to do. When their weapons serve no purpose and don’t harm the Decepticons, then what possible point do they serve in fighting? I know there are arguements to be made that they would “fight because they’re soldiers”. Stupid and I don’t buy it.