To me it doesn't look realistic, to me it looks as a silly attempt to cater to certain tastes.
(And if the director was Nolan I'd dislike just as much.)
So the second smilie, to me, looks like a young person who is totally happy with this movie.
I'd almost agree with you if Snyder didn't state his intentions regarding the gore in interviews. He wasn't trying to make it look cool.
He wanted it to be (maybe over the top) gory to show that fighting has consequences. I can think of a million movies where a bunch of action happens or people fight each other and then it never shows the aftermath. Snyder called this irresponsible violence.
That's very thoughtful of Mr. Snyder (and I honestly think that he's a nice guy). But I see a great difference between the intention and the execution. Whatever he had in mind, I judge what I see on the screen. It does look 'cool', and it doesn't look realistic.
Has anyone seen Seven Samurai
by Kurosawa? Often people complain about its 'unrealistic' fight scenes. People who are used to fight scenes and violence done Tarantino/Ang Lee/Snyder style.
So even though everything's pretty ridiculous, it's treated as it would in real life.
No. Really, no. It was stylish.
The hammer fight in Oldboy
just comes to my mind. Heh, and the sex scene, too. Those felt much more realistic (and not a pain to watch) for me.
I haven't seen Transformers. I think one of the main difference of us who disagree here is age and cultural background and the movies and films we're watching, and enjoying.
(Just to make sure I'm not misunderstood: I'm not claiming superiority here. I'm a bit out of touch with modern stuff, which is ok for my age; but on the other hand I spend way to much time on the internets and post stuff that makes people think I was 16. I know my limits.)
Anyway, something to add. One could argue that there are even over the top instances of action in the book. The Comedian gets thrown through a window. Ozymandias catches a bullet.
Right. Ozymandias is close to having super-powers, that's a point of the book. Someone has written (dunno where) that the fight scenes and apparent super powers in the movie took much away from the impact of Ozymandias catching the bullet. In the book it was a WTF?!? moment. In the movie it was 'Yea, whatever. They can take chunks out of walls, they can almost fly, they can catch bullets.'
The alley fight scene is really the same as the movie except the movie shows more. In the movie, they just ramped that type of stuff up more at some places.
It is not! No gun in the book. Much bleeding noses and Laurie going for the crotch. A twisted arm.
Oh yeah. Nite Owl and Silk Specter also take on prisoners in mid-conversation. A good example of over the top satire from the book if I ever saw one.
Heck, yea. But they didn't jump up the walls by doing that (neither in the book nor in the movie, thankfully). There's a difference, to me, between satire and exaggerated over the top action.
One thing I am unsure about though: if Snyder had done things as they are in the book, would that have worked on the screen?
Perhaps he had to take things farther, so that modern audiences, who are saturated with extreme action and violence, could accept the movie.
I can't really, not as an adaption of the book, but I'm a kid of the 80ies.