It took 11 years, five movies, and the departure of director Michael Bay, but Transformers fans – the fans who grew up on the 1980s animated TV series/Hasbro commercials – finally get the live-action Transformers film, Bumblebee, they’ve always wanted and maybe even needed to help justify their decades-long love of the series. With paired down, grounded visuals, an intimate sense of scale, and an emphasis on the unbreakable bond between a teenaged girl, Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), and a fugitive soldier-robot, B-127, from a dying, warring planet of self-aware, transforming machines, plus a nostalgia-heavy ‘80s setting, Bumblebee delivers the first, near great entry in a franchise that had all but dissipated the enormous goodwill of longtime fans with Transformers: The Last Knight two years ago. And it all took was a coherent, compelling script by Christina Hodson (Batgirl, Birds of Prey, Unforgettable) and deceptively competent direction from Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings), making his live-action debut after a career in stop-motion animation. (more…)
Transformers has broken our heart time and time again, but nerds the world over can’t help but give their beloved robots in disguise a second chance. Or fifth. Or sixth. And now the full-length trailer for Bumblebee drops and fans are assuring themselves that this time, this time will be different. This one will be good. And it has signs of a good Transformers adaptation! The original form for Bumblebee that fans have been begging for, a likable human counterpart, and tons of 80s references. But does it have enough to make up for the previous movies?
Marvel Studios’ successes with its cinematic universe started a race of sorts for every studio to develop its own insular series of various movies that all take place in the same world. Warner Bros. had things easy with its stable of DC Comics characters, but others like Paramount and Universal had things tougher. The former decided to turn its lucrative Transformers series into a universe with the various spin-offs, and the latter decided to take its stable of monsters and turn that into an expansive film universe. But we’ve seen the results of that now, and some key players are starting to have second thoughts. (more…)
Transformers: The Last Knight sort of came and went at the box office earlier this summer, and has barely made $500 million at the worldwide box office, or about half as much as Transformers: Age of Extinction made during its run in 2014. That’s probably not a good place to be as you’re looking to expand your film franchise into spin-off movies, but time marches on, and so does the first of planned Transformers cinematic universe in the form of Bumblebee. Based on the yellow sports car that’s been a main character in all the Transformers movies so far, the stage is set for “Bee” to ride solo, and in a familiar form. (more…)
Sometimes unlikely pairings can work. Whether it’s banana and ketchup or white chocolate and olive, things that sound insane at first often end up surprising you. One that might be just as hard to get your head around is the pairing of the head of Laika studios, whose stop-motion insta-classics are engaging, beautiful and staggeringly difficult to put together, with the shouty explosion porn of Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise. Well, ever since we were convinced try peanut butter on our hamburgers, we’ve learned to keep an open mind. (more…)
When it comes to Michael Bay, everything needs to be bigger and bolder. So it shouldn’t come to anyone’s surprise that he’s currently working with IMAX to create a virtual reality project that will involve the Transformers franchise. There aren’t many details regarding the project, but strap in and get ready to go face to face with members of the Autobots and, maybe, fight along their side. More information about the project after the jump.
Since their debut in the 80’s, many kids have dreamt of owning a giant Transformer. Michael Bay brought those fantasies to the big screen when he made the first live action Transformers movie. Now, a Turkish company has embraced its inner God Complex and created a real life transforming robot. Should we have done this? Is the world ready for this? What does Michael Bay think? (more…)
Near enough every kid ever born has dreamed, even if not all that seriously, of being in a rock band. There’s not a Transformers fan alive who hasn’t wondered how cool it would be to have powers like the robots in disguise. Most people grow up, though, and let go of those fantasies. Maybe they come back to visit them from time to time for a little light entertainment, but they stop taking them seriously – if they ever did in the first place. They got office jobs. They become normal, everyday people with normal, everyday jobs who tend not to transform into anything exciting. (more…)
If you’re tired of Micheal Bay‘s explosiony Transformers franchise and wish it was more like the original cartoons, we’ve got just the thing to help clear your Transformers palate, Generation 1 Hero. This fan film is delightful, now you’re not going to get those incredible transformations from vehicle to robot, but you’ll get everything else that is missing from most of Bay’s attempts to bring the real heart of Transformers to the big screen. So grab your favorite beverage and snack, click-through and enjoy this fan made Chisel Pixel Production. (more…)