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He does what he does, and does it well
Obviously, he's not the best, but he's still one of my favourite directors. He turned a 20+ franchise into a very entertaining action flick, which is great. Unlike a lot of other films, he doesn't just focus on one thing and one audience, he tries to put something that as many people can enjoy.

I think Angry Joe said it best when reviewing Transformers 2. While it does have a lot of annoying characters, most of them are very popular amongst different demographics. The twins are probably the most notable examples, being insanely hated characters, but both my younger sister (a tween) and my cousin (who has the mentality of a tween) found them enjoyable characters. Likewise, Shia Lebough's Sam Witwicky is hated by almost everyone, but my sister is upset that he won't be returning for any future films (though through a combination of enjoying his character and thinking that Lebough's 'fit').

Micheal Bay's problem is that, his films aren't for everyone. His target audience is young men, teenagers and young adults. Obviously, that means that people not in this demographic, such as professional film critics, aren't going to enjoy his films, but to say that those who do are idiots is like me saying anyone who enjoyed The Wrestler, a film I found ungodly depressing to the point of losing interest and finding it boring after part way through, are all idiots. Its not a fair thing to say. Obviously, the Wrestler just isn't aimed at my interests, but his films are, so I consider him a talented director who doesn't deserve nearly as much backlash and hatred.

And of course, mocking him is mocking America and her interests, so they should be careful.
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A Fan Favorite
Michael Bay is no Nolan. He's not making a film to think about life and the core of humanity, and to be honest, I like that. I like having a film that isn't all about the 'art' or 'examining morality.' Sometimes I just need to turn off my brain and take in all the sweet, delicious sugar of a beautiful explosion.

Yes, his movies have dumb plots. Yes, there's are some rather immature or awkward moments. Yes, some of his films (ROTF especially) do break about if you stop and think.

But you know what? I can get over that. This is entertainment at its core. Pretty explosions and no theme or examining. Just lots and lots of violence.

I think all the hate critics give him is ridiculous, and in some cases, offensive. It just seems like overreacting when critics call an entire fanbase dumb or stupid, and I know this is the internet, but still. People have a right to like whatever they like, as long as its not really hurting anyone.
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Michael Bay
Few people are hated by film critics as much as Michael Bay. And in a lot of ways, he deserves that wrath. His films are stupid, contain poorly written plots, little characterization, and exist just to show off explosions and hot women. After all, film critics are supposed to judge a movie by it's artistic quality, and Bay's films come nowhere near that.

However, that's not how I judge movies.

I judge movies by their entertainment value. And in that respect he succeeds. As stated earlier, his movies exist mearly to show off explosions. And sometimes, that's what I want. Armageddon and Transformers are good examples of poor quality movies that are still enjoyable despite their flaws (though in terms of entertainment value, ROTF was weaker than most). While I think other directors are better at this than Bay, his films can still be enjoyed by someone in the right mood. The only problem I have with Bay is his rather uncomfortable use of racial stereotypes at times. Apart from that, I like his work.

However, I understand entirely if Transformers fandom hates his guts.
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