Director Michael Bay has told the British film journal Empire, "When I look back at it, [Transformers 2] was crap. The writers' strike was coming hard and fast. It was just terrible to do a movie where you've got to have a story in three weeks."
It was also a waste of amazing technological ingenuity. (No one said the transformation effects were 'crap.')
When did Bay realize it was 'crap?' Did he feel he had to wait until the movie grossed $836 million worldwide before he could talk about its failures as a film? Could this just be a ploy to promote "Transformers: Dark of the Moon?" (Above is the official trailer; the film is due out in July.)
It reminds me of the "Ocean's Eleven" crew griping about "Ocean's Twelve" right before "Ocean's Thirteen" came out and promising the new film would "get things right."
Actually, I thought all the Ocean's movies were duds. In both franchises, the movie with the most entertainment value is Bay's first "Transformers."