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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Bumblebee has some making up to do. Despite already being five films long, the Transformers franchise is one that has faced a constant uphill battle in terms of fan enthusiasm. While the movies made tons and tons of money for four of its five released films, it was never enthusiastically received by critics or fans — at least not by any especially vocal fans online. With every film release, there seemed to be a palpable exhaustion in the atmosphere.

That doesn’t seem to be a problem with Bumblebee. Sure, as of this writing, the buzz has the film easily having the worst opening of any film in the Transformers franchise, but it also has the most positive buzz in terms of overall story. Without a doubt, putting Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight at the helm changed things, and seemed to put the emphasis on the characters over the visuals for arguably the first time.

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If you weren’t feeling at least the smallest twinge of confidence, how about this piece of news. If you go to Bumblebee.com, you can see the film two weeks early on December 8 in select theaters. So what does this mean? It seems to imply that Paramount has enough faith in this movie to flaunt it to the general public in hopes that its quality will incite confidence with other general audiences. In previous installments, they seemed to rely wholly on the marketing in hopes that it would sell audiences to see it before they realized it was trash, and in a way, this feels like the exact opposite approach…and I’m all for it.

But what do you think? Does this get you any more excited for the film? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Bumblebee

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.