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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The Transformers franchise has been in need of an overhaul for about two or three movies now. With the impending Bumblebee film from LAIKA president and CEO Travis Knight, we may very well be getting the overhaul we deserve.

The first trailer showed off one thing the movies have been missing since that second film: heart. From what we can tell, we’ll be getting plenty of that here. At San Diego Comic-Con, I had a chance to see more select scenes, and in them, I got to see star Hailee Steinfeld charm up a storm alongside her new CG buddy, and it great to watch.

Call me crazy, but I feel like with this latest trailer, Paramount Pictures is starting to get cold feet. Sure, we get to see more about the story, but rather than wholly focus on the relationship between this girl and her car, we are seeing more of these Transformers and Decepticons than you can shake a stick at. Admittedly, the cartoon was a bit early to me, so the nostalgia factor doesn’t quite hit, but in true Paramount fashion, there seems to be a lot of needless action in this trailer.

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On the plus side, the action does look easier to follow than in the past, and given the director, I’m sure it won’t be without purpose, but this trailer has me considerably less thrilled than everything else I’ve seen.

Below is the official synopsis for Bumblebee:

“On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in 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.”

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SOURCE: Paramount Pictures

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.