I don’t normally listen to a lot of contemporary popular music, but I like what Hailee Steinfeld’s latest audible with “Back To Life” is doing for Paramount’s latest, Bumblebee, from director Travis Knight. Knight’s Kubo And The Two Strings was a fun little adventure and so I’m keen on believing he might help bring the Transformers franchise from entropy with the new sci-fi thriller, and a good soundtrack also helps. This was a catchy listen. Peep it, and then go see Bumblebee this Christmas!
Stop-motion virtuoso Travis Knight may not have gotten the audience he deserved for his freshman debut, Kubo And The Two Strings. His latest stint at the helm for Paramount’s latest Hasbro work-around with Transformers prequel take, Bumblebee, however, may bode as a worthy rebound for the director in wake of its tease on Sunday.
Anthony Breznican at Entertainment Weekly is running his latest exclusive for Travis Knight’s upcoming Hasbro treatment, Bumblebee. The photo above marks the first reveal of two Decepticon characters in the form of Shatter, a cherry-red Plymouth Satellite (voiced by Black Panther co-star Angela Bassett), and Dropkick, a blue AMC Javelin, (voiced by Justin Theroux).
The Transformers film series has seen its share of both good times and bad. Apart from reviews, the franchise had been a box office hit for all four Michael Bay-directed films up until last year’s Transformers: The Last Knight which saw earnings take a dip.
Nowadays, things are in a bit of flux with a sixth linear film removed from its 2019 date while Hasbro revamps its film agenda with other lucrative IP. However, the franchise, centered on alien autonomous robotic warriors now brings its focus to the center of a new prequel with Bumblebee starring Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena.
The film is directed by Travis Knight who dealt quite the serving of cake to anyone who doubted his LAIKA-produced animated adventure, Kubo And The Two Strings. Bumblebee marks his big screen rebound with the coming-of-age story of Charlie, on the eve of her 18th birthday in 1987 in a Californian junkyard beach town where she discovers this particular car is no ordinary Volkswagen.
Cena, who teased the Tuesday morning arrival of the official trailer this week, stars as Agent Burns of Sector 7, the black-ops clandestined unit previously fronted by John Turturo’s character in the initial trilogy.
The trailer definitely feels like a less-clunkier offering and a slightly more affable, character-centric tale. Bay’s films were all nothing short of showstopping spectacle tacked on with overdrawn, quirky dialogue and some pretty questionable leniencies that made them all pretty love/hate worthy while Knight’s efforts feel a little more refreshing in terms of pacing and tone.
More than ten years and five films in, as much as this film may possibly rate better among critics, this may take some getting used to. Of course, time will tell if this bodes any different but, ahead of its December 21 release from Paramount, so far so good. Yes? No?
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Transformers franchise producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing along with Bay, with Steven Spielberg, Brian Goldner, Mark Vahradian and Chris Brigham executive producing.