When you watch too many films, you start to take notice of a director’s style. You start to realise who their favourite actors are, what their films are usually about, the mood, style, look and feel of each film they make.
With Michael Bay, it’s the sunny disposition. The Island (2005) with Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson is a direct influence to his Transformers (2007) with Shia LeBeouf and Megan Fox. Both The Island and Transformers exude the same look and feel; dusty Californian landscapes, futuristic cities, sunshine on running couples.
Needless to say, I’m going through my I-must-watch-every-Ewan-McGregor-film phase. It started with Matt Damon (which ended up in a loss of appetite after Saving Private Ryan), then Leonardo diCaprio, then Christian Bale, and now Ewan McGregor.
McGregor and Johansson are also my current fave on-screen couple thanks to The Island. I just can’t get enough of these two beautiful people. Love the story, love the characters, love the film set, love the costumes. Brilliant sci-fi flick! Which also leads to my current I-love-sci-fi phase, books and all.
Go read Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.
Well, I’ve just started George Orwell’s 1984 and thinking of HG Wells next. Huxley seems too deep, but I’ll give it a go!