For anyone over the age of 12, it’s surely quite hard to enjoy any of the Transformers films. Each is essentially a series of explosions interspersed with shoddy dialogue, finished with a hint of misogyny. You can have Anthony Hopkins saying psuedo clever things in as many scenes as you want, Michael Bay, but that won’t stop them being dumb.
But, there’s a new Transformers film coming, and it looks a very different affair to the five smashy efforts we’ve seen so far. Detailed in this new trailer, it’s a spin-off focusing on Bumblebee (simply called Bumblebee), taking place 20 years before the first film. So, he’s still wearing his classic VW Beetle clothing.
The mute Transformer is taking shelter in a Californian junk yard, where he’s discovered and befriended by a teenage girl played by Hailee Steinfeld. As you’d expect, some secretive government agency is on the hunt for Bumblebee, led by an Unexpected John Cena.
So far, so predictable, but this looks like it’s going to be a film with a little more heart than its predecessors. Sure, there are explosions, but with - for the most part - only one Transformer to follow, it won’t feel as though you’re being crushed under the full weight of Industrial Light and Magic. And here’s the kicker: it’s not directed by Bay. The 53-year-old CGI enthusiast serves as producer this time, with Travis Knight making his directorial debut on the film.
Bumblebee will be released in the USA on 21 December 2018, arriving in the UK on Boxing Day.