Did Michael Bay kick Manohla Dargis’s kitten or something? I had to ask after reading the New York Times critic’s review Of Bay’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Here are some of the “highlights”:
1. The very first sentence refers to the movie as “cretinous”.
2. Star Shia LaBeouf is described as a “professional doofus”.
3. Co-star John Turturro is labelled to be “embarrassing”.
4. The reviewer strongly intimates that the script is racist, due to the personalities of some of the new characters.
5. Finally, there are more than a few condescending comments directed at the film’s intended audience.
You need to read the entire review to get the full effect.
Now, you have to expect a certain amount of snottiness and arrogance from the Times. That’s just how they roll. Today, I was talking about the review to a rather educated friend who reads the Times on a daily basis, and he compared the review to a personal attack on Bay. Did Dargis go a little too far with some of the review’s negativity? At what point does a review cross from being merely scathing to outright venomous? What say you, gentle reader?