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Teaser Trailer for Travis Knight's 80s 'Bumblebee' with Hailee Steinfeld

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June 5, 2018
Source: YouTube

Bumblebee Trailer

"You've got people out there who need you." Paramount has debuted a teaser trailer for Travis Knight's Bumblebee, a new spin-off movie from the Transformers series that's set in the 1980s. The film is about the friendship between a young woman named Charlie and Bumblebee, on the run and living in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Hailee Steinfeld stars as Charlie, along with John Cena, Martin Short, Pamela Adlon, Megyn Price, Kenneth Choi, and John Ortiz. This actually looks like a nice step back from Michael Bay's crazy epic Transformers movies, and it's especially nice to see someone other than Bay directing this time. Even if you are totally over the Transformers series, this is still worth a watch, it might be the best one since the very first Transformers movie. I'm more than curious now. Watch below.

Here's the first teaser trailer (+ poster) for Travis Knight's Bumblebee, direct from YouTube:

Bumblebee Poster

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge inside a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug. Bumblebee is directed by American filmmaker Travis Knight, who co-founded the stop-motion studio Laika and directed their film Kubo and the Two Strings. This is his first live-action feature. The screenplay is written by Christina Hodson. Paramount will release Bumblebee in theaters everywhere starting on December 21st, just in time for Christmas later this year. First impression? Who's interested?

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Reader Feedback - 16 Comments

1

Looks great.

Pincode on Jun 5, 2018

2

Not gonna get excited till i am sure Bay has NO parts of anything in this film

The Red Pill on Jun 5, 2018

3

I agree with you, looks decent, but keep monsieur Bay out of this...Please!!!

Sergio on Jun 5, 2018

4

Other than Platinum Dunes likely being one of the production companies, he's got no involvement.... And it shows, at least in the trailer. (and a check on idmb & wikipedia says - Bay is only a producer. Thank the Gods)

VAharleywitch on Jun 12, 2018

5

With Knight at the helm and Steinfeld starring, I'm actually intrigued. She'll give a good performance, and I'm curious how Knight does, as I really enjoyed Kubo. It's strange being interested in a Transformers movie again.

grimjob on Jun 5, 2018

6

Looks better than all the other Transformers movies, and it's nice to see old school Bumblebee and Starscream, but I'm still not holding my breath

TheOct8pus on Jun 5, 2018

7

Bernie Mac vibes making me sad.

DAVIDPD on Jun 5, 2018

8

Sorry, this looks kinda generic to me. Super hero films look much better ...

shiboleth on Jun 5, 2018

9

And I respect that. But I maintain that superhero films nowadays are alternative universe for Western films. Some of them are good and some of them are not, but they are both something American culture is giving to all of us and it does deal with some moral and political issues of our time that many other films don't even dare to tackle (especially many of those 'realistic' war films). Westerns used to do something like that and super hero films are Westerns of our time. Of course, you are a person of classical taste in films and I absolutely respect that and I believe you won't like this comparison (which is not meant to offend you in any way). I won't even say that you're missing something with superhero films and I would agree that some portion of them is irreversibly bad (and a money grab without any shame at that), but there's something worthy of attention in them. And yes, I am also an comic books reader, so there's also piece of influence there (although, I prefer European comic books over American ones). However, this one here, that's just something disgraceful, something without any respect for a decent film viewer, something that some child might be interested in, but nothing else. Cheers ...

shiboleth on Jun 6, 2018

10

Yeah, I know it's a bit overstretched idea to connect Westerns and superhero films/narratives, but I'm not so sure I'm wrong about it. Different times for different patterns of storytelling, in my view. Yeah, Westerns have historical background, but history was quite different from the films and we know that even in 19th century existed fantastic stories about people on the 'wild west'. But what really differs those from superhero stories must be those special effect - the super powers and other blasting stuff. And I think those are also, in some allegorical way also historical, but are a step forward (not necessarily in quality) from the Westerns and its offspring. Historical set up is different, so is the look of it and its main protagonists, but the pattern is still here. It still ends up shooting and hitting people in the faces. As for the lowest common denominator (it's not the highest, I agree), I mostly see even lower ones than those in super hero films. I see more manipulations in today's so called realistic films, like those about wars, love, horror or crime and very cheap ideas about it. And there's a visual part of the whole thing where films finally take as an advantage to be an visual craft. I agree with you, they aim there at that lowest common denominator, but I see an opportunity to be something higher, something we still don't see and don't get, but we just might in the future. Cheers ...

shiboleth on Jun 8, 2018

11

Well, it's an interesting and big subject for me. So, as for agreeing, little bit of yes and little bit of no. But we get along and that's what counts, right? Yes, see you later ...

shiboleth on Jun 8, 2018

12

It appears that they have finally done justice to Transformers but trailers can be deceiving. Let’s see if this stays true to the cartoon/comics. Also, just tired of seeing Bumblebee. Why not anyone else? Haven’t we seen enough of that character?!

Nemesis on Jun 5, 2018

13

Because other than Optimus - Bee sells toys. Shit you not - there were like 6 redecos of the original Bayformer Bee toy - and they sold out until at least the 4th version... rinse & repeat for the other 2 movies. It wasn't until Age of Extinction that the toys stopped moving off the shelves. (And the Last Barf...errr, Knight... toys are still lingering in some stores). As a TF toy collector.... I get the original version, and *maybe* one redeco of any character. And sometimes I pay more on the Market, because it's not until the 3rd or 4th one, that I realize the 2nd was the best alternate of the bunch.

VAharleywitch on Jun 12, 2018

14

If they can stick with giving the characters a little more well character, have slower transformations (so it returns the coolness of an actual transformation) and maybe have less buildings, skyscrapers and everything else being totally destroyed, this might actually be interesting. The first film was wonderful fun but the rest have been awful and a complete waste of Bay when he could have been banging out Bad Boys III or more films like 13 Hours.

Payne by name on Jun 5, 2018

15

Very surprised to say, this looks like it could be really fun. Finally some emotion in the series and the G1 respect is really great. Starscream looks unbelievably good.

Mark on Jun 6, 2018

16

Looks like perhaps a better homage to the G1 roots of the franchise than the Bayformers crap. I'm only a little hesitant that there's a bit of a girl-falls for-bot vibe there... But OMG - F15 Decepticon!!! *has G1 flashbacks, both toy & show*

VAharleywitch on Jun 12, 2018

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