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Bumblebee (2018) Review

MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE


 

The Transformers live-action movie franchise has been somewhat of a “slippery slope” since it began back in 2007. Overseeing by director Michael Bay, the cinematic saga (based on Hasbro’s classic toys line of “robots in disguise”) has been called many things, including loud. bloated, slightly racist / stereotyping, nonsensical, too silly, repetitive, mindless, etc. However, despite these glaring problems, the films have never been boring, creating a big visual spectacle worthy of the very definition of what man would consider a classic summer “popcorn” blockbuster from Hollywood. The first film (2007’s Transformers), the first installment in the live-action franchise) was met with problematic scrutiny and criticism from both moviegoers and critics alike, but was still able to garnish the most positive acceptance from its viewers (of the entire film franchise no less) and did score big at the worldwide box office. Naturally, this prompted the studio hivemind to green light future installments, further continuing the adventures of the Autobots, the Decepticons, and their alien conflict on Earth. Unfortunately, after the success of the first film (setting the cinematic foundation for the large-scale sci-fi tale of giant alien robots with their war brought to Earth, the Transformers sequels (2009’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, 2011’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, 2014’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, and 2017’s Transformers: The Last Knight) missed their mark, with series director Michael Bay helming each installment and ultimately pulling the saga down with his signature barrage of explosions, excessive action, and other senseless elements. Thus, the Transformers franchise has been “on the decline” of movie popularity, with many loosening interests in the cinematic series altogether. Even series director Michael Bay has lost interest in directing the franchise, stepping down the role and moving on to other projects and endeavors. Now, a year after the release of 2017’s Transformers: The Last Knight, Paramount Pictures and director Travis Knight return to Bay’s movie world of Autobots and Decepticons with the prequel / spin-off film Bumblebee. Does this latest Transformers movie bring the franchise back to its former glory or is it a failed spin-off endeavor from a failing cinematic saga? Read more

Transformers: Age of Extinction Review

GO BIG OR GO HOME


Michael Bay’s Transformers cinematic movies have been down a rocky road. Debuting back in 2007, the first film (Transformers) was met with some scrutiny from critics and from fans of the Hasbro toys franchise, but raked in big money (Over 700 million) at the world box office. The film ultimately proved strong enough to warrant a movie franchise and expanded into sequels with 2009’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and 2011’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Though both sequels commercial grossed more than the first installment, both films were met with heavy criticism and reviews ranging from mixed to negative, questioning the franchise’s longevity for future movies. Several years have passed and now, in an attempt to rejuvenate the series, Michael Bay’s giant alien robots return to the big screen in Transformers: Age of Extinction. With a primarily set of new cast and characters, does this quasi-reboot look to rise above its predecessors or does the film fall, spelling the utter doom for this movie saga?
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