Re: Michael Bay out of the way!
Bay should get praise where deserved and let me just note that the main battle sequences in ROTF (Shanghai, Forrest, and Jet Prime vs Fallen) were fantastically choreographed especially the forrest fight.
Not all directors would be able to execute this. McG had giant robots in Terminator: Salvation yet that didn't excite a single bone in my body.
I want Bay to finish his trilogy. With a better script Bay can make a final "Transformers" film thats on par with first or even better. I truly believe the writers strike crippled the screenplay for ROTF heavily.
No offense to Bay's writing but he contributed some his ideas and even wrote some of the plot points. Orci and Kurtzman also didn't do to great either with the exception of setting up the battle sequences to an extent.