The Bumblebee Spin-Off Official Thread

Discussion in 'Bumblebee' started by DaddlerTheDalek, Jul 31, 2016.

  1. 2kt09 Snyder Rent-Free

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    Higher expectations even if it did skew more kiddie. I can watch Goosebumps just fine, but that difference is made up through better writing (comedic/dramatic). Steinfeld was playing a been-there done-that rebellous lead with her mean girl bully, a quirky boy friend, a "I'm telling mom", "I miss dad who isn't here anymore yet we bonded over a hobby I gave up", etc. It's not heart I haven't seen elsewhere, only better executed because it works in a uniquely memorable fashion. Cena is wasted.

    The action doesn't last long & is sparce overall. The stuff on Cybertron is over with so fast with so little dialogue, it may as well have been a history brief narrated by someone. Travis Knight directed the heck out of Kubo, so I'm surprised how run of the mill the shots and sequences here were...though again that might just go back to the writing. I'm really dreading Hodson's next project.
     
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  2. StarLord < < < < < < <

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    What they did to Hot Rod in The Last Knight was an embarrassment.

    ''Oh he's got a French accent, but doesn't speak French'' :loco:
     
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  3. AVEITWITHJAMON Darksider

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    Agree to disagree my friend, but there was a reason manyfans and the critics loved it, and why it hadgood BO legs
     
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    Still made less money domestically and worldwide than The Last Knight.
     
  5. AVEITWITHJAMON Darksider

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    And also had about 2/3rds of the budget of TLK, i’d Guess Bumblebee was the more profitable of the 2.
     
  6. TheVileOne Registered

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    I won't believe it's profitable unless I see the numbers.
     
  7. Pennywise Registered

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    Transformers: The Last Knight And Bumblebee Are Both Getting Sequels

    Does this mean we're getting two different continuities? I hope not!
     
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    I doubt they make a sequel to Last Knight. Paramount doesn't seem to be in a rush with anything Transformers now.
     
  9. Willi Berg On The Run

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    I reluctantly have to agree with you there. I had high expectations for the movie and I found it a bit too simple and fairly standard. I wanted more of an edge to the movie. A lot of time was spent on cutesy bonding moments and I wanted more action. Not that I wanted a Michael Bay movie. But I wanted it to get on with the story of the Transformers. I like that it has simplified all that horrible Bay story stuff and gone back to basics but it felt a little too basic.

    But I think the producers recognise that and have taken on the criticism. So if it builds up from this and develops well, then that would be great:

    'Transformers' Producer Says 'Bumblebee' Follow-Ups Will Have "A Little More Bayhem"
     
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  10. Grootster Dancing Tree

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    I guess I never popped in here to give my two cents. I absolutely loved Bumblebee! I went to the early screening, and to the opening night showing a few weeks later. I'm getting ready to screen it for some friends next week when it's released on DVD. Bumblebee is easily the most enjoyable movie I've seen in recent years, and it's definitely in my top 5 movies ever. I'm probably a bit biased since I've been a G1 Transformers fan since childhood, but this movie is pretty much what I've always wanted out of a TF movie. Heck, it's what I want out of a movie period.

    I thought this movie was a huge breath of fresh air for Hollywood. I see some people above complaining about it being "too simple" and "lacking in action". Fair enough, but that's part of what I loved about it. No action (aside from a brief flashback) during the middle third. This was closer to an '80s movie like ET than a usual modern sci-fi/action/superhero movie. Not just in terms of imagery and soundtrack, but in terms of the filmmaking. Slower pace, more intimacy, more time devoted to character development, etc. I'm getting tired of constant action beats in modern franchise movies, which usually end up feeling generic and samey anyway. When the action finally kicks in here, it's hugely satisfying (easily the most satisfying...and clever...action I've seen in a modern movie). It's rare to see a big-name action property like Transformers handled with such restraint, and I give them major props for that.

    Edit: All of that being said, I'm fine with a sequel including more action. That's pretty standard for sequels. While I'm hugely looking forward to what comes next, this movie is lightning-in-a-bottle for me. I have a hard time seeing myself being as mind-blown by future installments, but I'd love to be proven wrong.
     
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  11. AVEITWITHJAMON Darksider

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    Really hope they can get Knight back for the sequel.
     
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  12. Willi Berg On The Run

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    I don't like criticising a movie that focuses on character development in an earnest way as this did, especially after the Bay movies. I guess I got a bit tired at a certain point. I think when that boy-next-door love interest was introduced and it got really hokey. A lot was put on those two leads, especially since Bumblebee doesn't talk. But it is a well-crafted movie and I could see it as an antidote to what they have done to Transformers in the past.

    My problem with the series in the past was that they always focused much more on the humans than the Transformers. They are still doing it here, albeit in a more thoughtful and serious way. But it was still focusing a lot on the humans. But kudos if they continue to inject more of this approach to the Transformers themselves.
     
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  13. Grootster Dancing Tree

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    I've heard other people say they didn't like the boyfriend character either. I suppose I get that. Having rewatched the movie about a week ago, I'll admit some of the human stuff probably could have been trimmed down, maybe by a few minutes. I actually liked that stuff, but it could have been a bit more streamlined. I don't think Bumblebee was supposed to be the "definitive Transformers movie", it was a course correction that was attempting to inject more character and integrity into the series. Supposedly the next one will be an Optimus/Bumblebee buddy adventure, so I'm hoping for a bit more focus on the robots. I'm excited to see what they'll do with the next big-budget ensemble movie, with Bay gone. There's supposedly a fully animated Cybertron movie happening, with only robots. I think Bumblebee is supposed to pave the way for this new era. It's a transitional movie, to an extent.
     
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  14. Willi Berg On The Run

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    I got a big thrill in this movie near the beginning with the classic line "Decepticons, attack!" with the classic voice!
     
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    I didn't dislike it like I did The Last Knight, but I don't think it's great. I thought it was fine.
     
  16. Willi Berg On The Run

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    The Last Knight is the only Transformers movie I haven't seen. I just couldn't muster up the energy to do so. So I am glad they switched gears at least.
     
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    Definitely! This is the best Transformers movie, IMO! Harkened back to my memories of watching the 80's cartoon!

    Still really enjoy 1, 3, and 4, though.
     
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  18. AVEITWITHJAMON Darksider

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    It's funny with The Last Knight, I hated it upon first viewing and it took me a long time to own it on blu ray. I eventually got them all on BD and have re-watched TLK a few times and it's grown on me each time.
     
  19. AVEITWITHJAMON Darksider

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    This looks glorious in 4K and is a damn good movie to boot.
     
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  20. terry78 We are the Flintstone Kids

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    The opening Cybertron scene definitely
     
  21. AVEITWITHJAMON Darksider

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    Yeah that bit especIally looks amazing in 4K, Prime is just awesome and we get some brilliant cameos.
     
  22. Grootster Dancing Tree

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    TLK is definitely better than people give it credit for. It's not a genius movie, but I feel like it has more entertainment value than the first two sequels (ROTF and DOTM), at least.
     
  23. AVEITWITHJAMON Darksider

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    Not sure where I would place it but even as a fan of these movies I hated it upon first viewing. But it has grown on me a hell of a lot since. I do think Quintessa is one of the franchises better villains also.
     
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    Purchased today on Blu-ray, weekend watch ! :-) :trans:
     
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  25. Grootster Dancing Tree

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    I'd probably rank them (in terms of enjoyment, not technical quality):

    Bumblebee
    Last Knight
    Age of Extinction
    2007
    Revenge of the Fallen
    Dark of the Moon

    I'm really not a fan of the first trilogy movies, they feel too samey to me. I also don't like Shia (beyond the first movie, he's fine in that one). The Shia movies feel like generic action movies, while the Wahlberg ones (and Bumblebee) feel more like sci-fi adventures. I'm going to watch them all again later in summer, my ranking could change a bit then.

    I like the Quintessa and 'evil' Optimus subplot in TLK. I also really like the opening 20 minutes or so, with the Autobots hiding out at the junkyard, and going on rescue missions and all. That stuff was great, I wish the whole movie was like that. It kind of takes a nosedive for me once Cade goes to Burton's castle. That portion should have been shortened a lot, and they should have given the Autobots something to do while that was going on instead of just sitting around (quite literally). Then the movie really takes a nosedive during the submarine sequence. I would literally rather watch the Autobots sit around doing nothing than that, lol. Again, it could have really been cut down. Thankfully the end battle picks up, and is one of the more entertaining battles in the series.
     
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