BUMBLEBEE I Expect this Transformers spin-off to be much sweeter…
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.”
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‘IT’S A RELATIONSHIP FILM – INCREDIBLY SWEET AND EMOTIONALLY FULFILLING’ LORENZO DI BONAVENTURA