It doesn’t seem hard to believe that when you switch out directors of a critically dismissed, long-running franchise you end up seeing an improved product. But after five Transformers films directed by action junkie Michael Bay, the first full trailer for the prequel/spin-off Bumblebee displays such a sharp contrast under new director Travis Knight. One that brilliantly continues the new style that was conveyed in the teaser trailer a couple months ago (See it here).
Knight, known for the 2016 animated film Kubo and the Two Strings, appears to be using his animation background much as Incredibles director Brad Bird did when Bird made his live-action debut with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Displaying a strong grasp of physical space and proper planning in each scene. Paramount Pictures has worked hard to emphasize how this director will offer something new, going as far as to releasing a featurette focused on introducing Knight to an audience so used seeing Bay at the helm (See the featurette here). So far, it seems to be working as the new trailer alone, frankly, blows all five of Bay’s movies out of the water.
Oh yes you have the action and the effects that we are used to, but the brief scenes we see here no longer use those just as stimulating wallpaper. Instead, we’re treated to visuals backed and boosted by an emotional core. No longer a juvenile with gangster-like quality, the titular Transformer has a more gentle, little guy quality with a look more reminiscent of the classic Gen 1 design that the character is more famously associated with. The 1980’s setting of the story obviously helps set this vastly different mood, as opposed to the common tone of cynicism that most films display nowadays. If that is not already a small victory for this little film (With a budget nearly half of what Bay’s films have mostly had), then I don’t know what is. For now, check out the new trailer for Bumblebee below:
Bumblebee stars Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Jason Drucker, Kenneth Choi, Gracie Dzienny, Rachel Crow, and Pamela Adlon. It is set to hit theaters December 21st. In addition, check out the new international trailer below: