Today sees the Us release of Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth instalment in Michael Bay’s seemingly endless franchise which has brought him enormous financial success and equally enormous amounts of critical bile and derision (most of which he deserves). While audiences no longer have to endure Shia Labeouf, the trailers suggest that little else has changed: there’s still the obsession with military hardware, the pseudo-pornographic visuals, and the incoherent shooting style that has gradually infected Hollywood.
Following in the footsteps of John Turturro, John Malkovich and Frances McDormand (shame on all of you), this film finds Kelsey Grammer taking the Bay shilling. In a way it’s fitting that the man who played one of culture’s most recognisable psychiatrists should now be playing a paronoid government agent. But there is so much more to Grammer’s career than the sardonic radio shrink,