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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Oh, Transformers. How the mighty have fallen. When the franchise first started, audiences were just happy to see something like this on the big screen — an action-packed romp that was pulled from the mythology many adored. However, in the years since, audiences have grown tired of the overly-epic, mindless metal-on-metal action that became the staple of the franchise.

Now, with the upcoming Bumblebee film, there’s a chance we’ll get something more personal and heartfelt, and with Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight at the helm, I have hopes that it could bring about the arrival of decent Transformers films. So how did this first trailer fare?

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I think it’s fair to say this film will likely have much more in common with that first Transformers film, with the relationship between the lead and Bumblebee being at the very heart of it. However, unlike that first film, it doesn’t seem like Bumblebee will have very many other Autobots to distract audiences, meaning that the core narrative will be front-and-center of this entire thing, which is great.

More than anything, I got a real Amblin vibe from this — like E.T. I can also see some comparisons to The Iron Giant, which essentially told a very similar story of an alien robot crash-landing on Earth and being befriended by a kid. All in all, it made a strong first impression on me, and I’m hopeful it’s indicative of what we can expect. My only real criticism is that it looks like it could foray a bit too much into predictable territory, but I suppose that’s usually a given in stories like this.

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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.