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I don’t think it’s an understatement to say that many film fans have a solid dislike for Michael Bay as a filmmaker. To many purists, he’s proof of everything wrong with the industry: an overabundance eye candy and a complete lack of real character development. Even before the Transformers film, that was his reputation, and in the years since that first film, that reputation has only amplified. However, say what you will about his storytelling on film, but there is little denying that he’s a visual master.

So while film buffs may not think the best of him, there is undoubtedly some merit to his skills. And we’re not the only ones who think so apparently. He has also seemed to garner the favor of Sir Anthony Hopkins himself, the man behind such memorable roles as Hannibal Lecter.



Speaking with Yahoo! Movies at CinemaCon, the Transformers: The Last Knight actor had nothing but praises to sing about Bay.:

“I saw the first two, and when I heard I was doing the second, I caught up. So I’ve seen them all now. Terrific. Created by a genius. All those machines and those Transformers are created by Michael. And he was telling me about the work he did on them. How he’d refine them and go in to the special effects guys, and design them, and get the details of light on metal and all that. He told me all that at breakfast, before I stared on the film. I thought, ‘This guy’s a genius, he really is.’ He’s the same ilk as Oliver Stone and [Steven] Spielberg and [Martin] Scorsese. Brilliance. Savants, really, they are. He’s a savant.”

Damn, now that’s some real high praise from one of the best actors in the business. And there is something to be said for Bay and what he’s accomplished with these movies. No, they’re not the greatest films (I haven’t cared for one since the first one), but the technology and deft hand he brings to the helm is admirable. He knows how to bring spectacle to the theater in a big way, and as much as we can pick apart how weak the story usually is in his movies, there is something universally appealing about what he’s been able to bring to this franchise.

The official synopsis for Transformers: The Last Knight is below:

The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).

“There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.”

What do you think of Hopkins’ comments? Let us know in the comments down below!

Transformers: The Last Knight hits theaters on June 23, 2017.

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SOURCE: Yahoo! Movies