The following article is what prompted me to make this post.
With a sequel being developed for 2018's BumbleBee, I'm excited for that. Travis Knight showed how a live-action Transformers movie can be done more than competently with paying respect to the source-material and at the same time being able to make it work within a live-action format.
The movie was charming giving much needed life to a Franchise that was in dire need of a shot in the arm after the woeful performance of The Last Knight.
To hear that the sequel will be a buddy-buddy movie with Optimus learning from BumbleBee how life on Earth works will be intriguing to see since it has been regarded for some time that BumbleBee sees Optimus as his mentor-figure.
So that I am completely satisfied to hear.
And then I had to hear the next part....
Unfortunately we are being given a sequel to the train-wreck that was 2017's The Last Knight and that just defies all levels of logic. Those that heard me rip into that movie twice that year will know of my disdain for that abomination to Cinematic entertainment and the Franchise as a whole when I covered not only in Season 8 of Reel Features but also the Annual End of Year Panel 2017.
When you're able to successfully outdo Iron Man 3, Jurassic Park 3, Batman & Robin & Thunderbirds 2004 as being one of the worst movie outings ever then you know there is a problem. While the film was profitable at $605.4 million it was not exempt from the backlash that it received from fans and critics alike. And also, just because it made money does not mean that it's a good movie. If a movie is able to be good and profitable, then that's a bonus. But that said the Transformers Movie franchise are no stranger to this scenario when you consider that Revenge of the Fallen made $836.3 million at the Box Office and yet was slated by the Press
"The day will come when Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen will be studied in film classes and shown at cult film festivals. It will be seen, in retrospect, as marking the end of an era. Of course there will be many more CGI-based action epics, but never again one this bloated, excessive, incomprehensible, long (149 minutes) or expensive ($200 million)."
And when someone as credible as Roger says your movie's terrible - that speaks volumes.
So I'm pleased that BumbleBee is being given a sequel as it's what the fans and Movie series needs - a series that respects it's past and brings in a new audience knowing that the film makers respect it too.
And not just another Michael Bay movie that people and he no longer care about.
When you make a plot as contrived and convoluted as the very notion that both Mark Walhberg & Shia Labouef's characters are the last descendants of King Arthur and that the Transformers have been helping humanity throughout time since the days of Arthur is just pure ludicrous. That and the continuity error of BumbleBee speaking for the first time since the 2007 movie and Optimus citing "that's the first time I've heard you speak since Cybertron" when he clearly spoke for the first time for everyone to hear in the first live-action movie just showed that the producers and Bay didn't care. But that said I would never peg Bay caring for the Franchise since he is neither a fan of the Franchise nor did he want to do the first movie at first because he saw it as a "toy movie".
But he was chosen by Spielberg. Personally, I would have preferred the idea of a Spielberg directed Transformers movie. That would've been something.
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