Film Preview: Bumblebee (2018)

Page Revisions:

(Jun. 10, 2018) Original
(September 30, 2018) New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#2-#4)

Release Date:

December 21, 2018


From IMDb: “On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.”

Poster Rating: C / C+ / C / C-

Review: (#1) It’s unexceptional. It’s boring. It’s thematically colored and that’s its one true saving grace.

(#2) A very yellow poster that captures the essence of the character, but with seemingly little purpose. (#3) Not far from the first poster, but still not terribly exciting. (#4) How this sells the film to anyone in the Asian markets is unknown as the Transformers element seems absent, unless referenced in the foreign language text.

Trailer Rating: B+ / C+

Review: (#1) A surprisingly touching trailer that doesn’t say a lot, but has some careful and clever moments. It definitely seems more humane than any of Michael Bay’s versions.

(#2) While the first trailer made this film feel like it could finally be something different than the effects-laden spectacles the Transformers films were. This new trailer makes me concerned again that this is going to be just a cheap knock-off prequel to those films.

Oscar Prospects:

It could be a nominee for Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, and Visual Effects, but that’s about as much as it can expect and even those aren’t certainties.

Trailer #1

Trailer #2


Poster #1Poster #2Poster #3

Poster #4

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