Michael Bay may have turned an aging toy line into a mammoth money-printing machine with the Transformersfilm franchise, but I never understood why those films had to be so … nasty.
Well, despite the ridiculously grand ambitions for a Transformers cinematic universe, the audience seems to have grown pretty sick of the franchise. And when it was first announced, Bumblebee sounded like the very epitome of cynical, unnecessary spin-offs.
But this trailer promises something very different from Michael Bay’s noisy orgies of destruction. It looks a bit like a live-action Iron Giant, with hints of E.T. It’s cutesy, colorful, and nostalgic, a drastic tonal departure from the unrelenting chaos of the previous films.