Ranking Michael Bay’s Movies

This Wednesday, Transformers: Dark of the Moon hit theaters everywhere to cap off Michael Bay’s epic robotic trilogy. No matter how you feel about the director’s movies, they have made an impact on the way movies are made and received, even if you believe it is in a negative way. Dark of the Moon looks like a great time at the movies, and definitely looks better than the previous Transformers installment, Revenge of the Fallen. Anyway, here is my ranking of Bay’s films to date.


8. Bad Boys II (2003)-

Some of Michael Bay’s movies are just insulting and this is one of them. The Bad Boys sequel manages to insult most ethnicities in a way that is actually insulting rather than funny. It does not help that the script is absolutely awful and the stars seem bored throughout most of it. Also, the movie is almost 2 and half hours long. This is a terrible movie on all levels.



7. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)-

This sequel is full of annoying characters who have increasingly more annoying attempts at humor. The plot is incomprehensible and most of the time very boring. The only way that Bay improved upon the original was that he slowed down the action and let the audience see how hard these robots were hitting each other. Otherwise, you will be wanting your 2 and a half hours back.



6. Pearl Harbor (2001)-

Preferably, Michael Bay would never attempt to retell historical events ever again. This movie comes close to having about as bad of an impact as the actual event its based upon did (kidding, but only sort-of). I will say that it is well filmed and the main action sequence is actually very well done. However, the film ends up being such a weak representation of this historical event that it insults our nation.



5. Bad Boys (1995)-

Bay’s debut as a director is not all bad. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have good chemistry despite the weak script they are given. They make parts of the movie fun and enjoyable. Part of the problem with Bad Boys is that it lacks originality. The world does not need any more buddy-cop movies for a long time, but this movie is fun with its hokey script being both a strength and a weakness.



4. Armageddon (1998)-

The script for Armageddon has a lot of poor dialogue but I cannot deny that this movie has a lot of charm. The characters are fun even though the plot makes absolutely no sense. This is one of the few Michael Bay movies that actually contains any form of emotion. Bruce Willis clearly enjoyed making this movie and it is a fun ride.



3. The Rock (1996)-

Sean Connery is the reason this movie works. No Michael Bay movie has a strong script, yet Connery delivers these hokey lines in a way that seems cool. The Rock has a fun plot and makes for a great action movie. It is also one of the few movies that Nicholas Cage is tolerable in. This is the first movie on the list that I can genuinely say I liked and enjoyed enough to recommend.



2. Transformers (2007)-

The first Transformers is a fun blockbuster with some pretty great action and a lot of funny moments. Shia LeBeouf proves he can handle being a leading man. Overall, it is a good adaptation of the classic wars between the Autobots and the Decepticons.



1. The Island (2005)-

Michael Bay’s best film was a box office flop, which is unfortunate because despite its unoriginality, The Island got a lot right. Its two charming stars carry the sci-fi thriller to a few great payoffs. The movie makes you think while having some great action sequences. Also of note, the score is fantastic. This is easily Michael Bay’s most interesting movie and it is surprisingly well directed.



So, where will the third Transformers movie rank among Bay’s resume? Will it be the best of its own trilogy? I should have a review of it sometime this week but in the meantime, post your thoughts in the comments.


~ by mattsmoviethoughts on June 27, 2011.

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