Interviews with “TF: Age of Extinction” Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura – POSSIBLE SPOILERS

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has been a busy man, and not just working on Transformers: Age of Extinction. He’s been making rounds with the press circuit, namely that of Collider, IGN, and MTV. From how they came to put the Dinobots into Age of Extinction, the evolution of the story details, how the core structure stayed the same, and his thoughts in regards to critics’ less-than-glowing reviews. Mind the spoilers!

Via Collider, di Bonaventura talked about how the story kept evolving in a web chat interview, parts of which are transcribed by Inquisitr. The challenges of having too much input, the involvement with Hasbro, the film’s mythology, and the choice of an entire new human cast.

Via IGN, he shares some spoilerish details that has ties with the Autobots, Lockdown’s character as compared to the other Transformers, Optimus’s characterization in AoE compared to the earlier films and his TV/comics incarnations, and pointing out the impracticability of animating the Transformers a’la the 1980s cartoons.
And via MTV, the produce shares his thoughts when asked about the more scathing reviews by critics. One thing that di Bonaventura notes is something that has also been pointed out by other reviewers that gave AoE more positive reviews.

MTV: On the other side of this equation, the critics have been less than kind. I know you’ve gone on the record a little bit about why you think that is, but I’m curious to hear it in your own words.
di Bonaventura: There’s a combination of factors. 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. They’re evaluating a movie like this, that is meant for mass entertainment on a really epic scale, as though it’s a 1970’s Martin Scorsese 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. I think also, they just don’t want to have any fun, you know, like come on guys, let’s have a little fun here. We’re not pretending on our side to be making a big social statement or something, our intention is to entertain the audience.
I kind of figure enough critics don’t see these movies with the audience, is my suspicion. Because if they’re with the audience, they cant help but be affected by what they’re hearing and reacting to.

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