‘Transformers: Age Of Extinction’ Producer: ‘Critics Do Not Understand This Kind Of Movie’

David Wangberg

It's no secret that Transformers: Age of Extinction is a massive hit with audience members. As The Inquisitr reported earlier, the latest in the Transformers franchise has surpassed the $400 million mark worldwide, and is anticipated to hit $600 million by the end of the weekend.

But while audiences are willing to shell out some money toward the Michael Bay-directed film, critics have not been so kind to it. Actually, they haven't been kind to any of the Transformers entries – with each one getting a "rotten" score on Rotten Tomatoes. Age of Extinction is the lowest of the franchise at 17 percent.

The man who has been with Bay since the first Transformers, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, spoke to MTV News and said there is "a combination of factors" as to why he thinks critics are thrashing Age of Extinction.

"Number one, critics do not understand this kind of movie. They just don't understand; they don't get why people like this kind of movie."
"There's just a disconnect there. They seem to look at every film in the same prism; this is a different prism, and they don't accept that."
"We're not pretending on our side to be making a big social statement or something. Our intention is to entertain the audience."
"If they're with the audience, they can't help but be affected what they're hearing and reacting to."

So, to what films should Transformers: Age of Extinction be compared? Bonaventura would like to see it compared to something like Jaws or the original Star Wars.

"[Those were] movies that transported the audience into a different experience where you were wowed; you were swept up by the story and by the spectacle."
"I'm a huge fan of Jim Cameron, and you go back and look at those movies, and they stand up as massively entertaining."
"The spectacle drove it longer. I mean, Avatar was three hours, wasn't it? Sometimes, the story just makes it long, and it's not like we didn't all struggle to make it shorter, frankly."
"So, I think all of us are sympathetic to anyone who says his movie is too long. It's the length of the story, and, sometimes, that's just what happens."
"I don't understand why [critics] don't."
"And now, it's either thumbs up or thumbs down, and as soon as you do that to almost anything, it's never going to work."
"He's matured; he's a different guy, and they seem to look at him as though he's the same guy they reviewed 20, 25 years ago, when Bad Boys came out."
"He's clearly working hard; he's clearly doing whatever he thinks is right. OK, you don't like it. Why are you making it personal?"