There have been five Transformer films directed by Michael Bay over the past ten years, and Monday night we finally got our first glimpse of Bumblebee. The first film in the Transformers franchise not directed by Bay, and it was a breath of fresh air.
Travis Knight who directed the underrated Kubo and the Two Strings, looks to strip down the franchise to its barebones and give fans a Steven Spielberg type of adventure. The 80s setting will only help brings back fans of the original cartoon as there are design nodes to the past. Sometimes all you need is a fresh set of eyes to see the heart of the story. Knight’s film doesn’t to be bloated with extra fluff and CGI to distract from the narrative. It’s just the first trailer, but it’s a step in the right direction for a franchise that needed a course correction.
Bumblebee is directed by Travis Knight and stars Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Oritz, Jason Drucker, Pamela Adlon, and Stephen Shneider.
Bumblebee hits theaters Christmas Day.