The Stupid in the Contemporary Hollywood Vernacular: Spectacularly Stupid Transformers

  • Aaron KernerEmail author
  • Julian Hoxter


The much-maligned Transformers franchise is exemplary of the contemporary Hollywood vernacular. While colloquially stupid, this franchise also represents an industrial trend that moves the cinematic closer toward the model of the theme-park ride. Critics predictably lambast the films for their incoherence, however, the spectacular is not a design flaw, but the point of it. Furthermore, screenwriters for these films, understand that they are writing for a global market, and thus a premium is placed on action. As a consequence, the experience of writing a Transformers movie might be more akin to writing a Cirque du Soleil show than a Hollywood movie. The style of these films, especially in their choreographed action and editing, intends to amplify the visceral roller-coaster like thrill.


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  1. 1.School of CinemaSan Francisco State UniversitySan FranciscoUSA

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