At last an apology has come for one of the greatest travesties of human history: the movie Armageddon. What makes it more poignant is the fact that it comes from the man most responsible for this abomination, Michael Bay. In an interview with The Miami Herald, Bay finally admitted that Armageddon may be one of the worst films of all time. It really is like a cinematic kick in the ballsack. Bay says:
“I will apologize for Armageddon, because we had to do the whole movie in 16 weeks. It was a massive undertaking. That was not fair to the movie. I would redo the entire third act if I could. But the studio literally took the movie away from us. It was terrible. My visual effects supervisor had a nervous breakdown, so I had to be in charge of that. I called James Cameron and asked ‘What do you do when you’re doing all the effects yourself?’ But the movie did fine.”
Sure, he is shifting the blame to the studios and not to his own complete and total lack of talent, but at least it’s something. Some might say that Ed Wood or Uwe Boll are the worst directors of all time. I have to go with Bay. If for nothing else because his films reach a much larger audience than Boll or Wood’s craptacular dreck. Michael Bay’s films have made billions of dollars. Armageddon alone earned 553,709,788 worldwide. So, am I being unfair? You might say that if a movie can amass that much revenue it’s fine because people really seem to enjoy it. But does that make it good? Millions of people worldwide also enjoy heroin and dog fighting and you wouldn’t say those things are good, right? Right.
Kudos to you Michael. I know admitting that Armageddon sucked was not easy for you.