Bum­ble­bee

BUM­BLE­BEE I Ex­pect this Trans­form­ers spin-off to be much sweeter…

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The next Trans­form­ers movie gets an oil change.

In just a decade, the Trans­form­ers movie se­ries amassed $4.4 bil­lion across five films. And yes, many mixed re­views along the way. Now, how­ever, the ro­bots in dis­guise are rolling out in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion. Not only is Bum­ble­bee the first solo Au­to­bot out­ing – and a pre­quel set in 1987, no less – but those ex­pect­ing more ex­plo­sive Bay­hem will find that this spin-off is much more than meets the eye.

“Part of our cal­cu­la­tion in mak­ing this movie is that we wanted the au­di­ence to have a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence with Trans­form­ers,” re­veals fran­chise

pro­ducer Lorenzo di Bon­aven­tura. “If you think about the first act of the first movie, there are cer­tain sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween that and what this movie is.

And yet, be­cause this is very emo­tion-based, it has a very dif­fer­ent dy­namic.”

The dy­namic in ques­tion con­cerns 18-year-old Char­lie (Hailee Ste­in­feld), deal­ing with her own fam­ily trauma, who dis­cov­ers that a yel­low Volk­swa­gen Bee­tle is re­ally a bat­tle-scarred Bum­ble­bee in hid­ing. “Both char­ac­ters are need­ing some­one to help them through a dif­fi­cult time and they pro­vide it for the other,” says Bon­aven­tura. “This is a re­la­tion­ship film. It’s in­cred­i­bly sweet and emo­tion­ally ful­fill­ing.”

Com­par­isons are al­ready be­ing made to The Iron Gi­ant and E.T., and when it came to mak­ing a more emo­tional Trans­form­ers film, it seems Bum­ble­bee was the only ro­bot for the job.

“In ev­ery it­er­a­tion, from films to car­toons to comic books, he’s al­ways been the one Trans­former to have the deepest con­nec­tion with peo­ple,” en­thuses di­rec­tor Travis Knight,

(Kubo And The Two Strings, Para­Nor­man). “This film of­fered us an op­por­tu­nity to dive in to one of these char­ac­ters on a smaller scale and fig­ure out what makes him tick,” the di­rec­tor ex­plains. “And I think we did it.”

ETA | 26 DE­CEM­BER / BUM­BLE­BEE OPENS THIS CHRIST­MAS.

‘IT’S A RE­LA­TION­SHIP FILM – IN­CRED­I­BLY SWEET AND EMO­TION­ALLY FUL­FILL­ING’ LORENZO DI BON­AVEN­TURA

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