The first trailer for Transformers: Rise of the Beasts has arrived, and it demonstrates how much Bumblebee, which was released in 2018, has contributed to the success of the Transformers film series.
To see how much Bumblebee revitalized the Transformers film series, check out Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. The release date for the seventh installment in the Transformers film series, Rise of the Beasts, is set for June 9, 2023. Making Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, set in 1994, a direct sequel to 2018’s Bumblebee is a smart choice for the brand.
Michael Bay’s Transformers films were successful at the box office despite receiving polarizing critical reviews. When compared to the other Transformers films, Bumblebee was just a minor financial success.
However, it was widely regarded as the best of the series. Though it may at first glance look that Rise of the Beasts stands on its own among the Transformers films, it really follows the formula established by Bumblebee.
For The Transformers Film Series, Bumblebee Was A Watershed Moment
Bumblebee’s narrative, which was far more modest in scope than the previous five Transformers films, was set in 1987 and was reminiscent of the success of E.T. The film’s prequel was more grounded than the original because of the Autobot protagonist’s (Mark Wahlberg) touching relationship with Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld).
In addition to being the most humanized Transformers film thanks to Bumblebee’s inability to talk, the film’s location in the late ’80s served as a charming throwback to the golden age of toys and cartoons.
Meanwhile, Bumblebee did not skimp on the Autobots against Decepticons battle that viewers craved. However, the smaller scope of the plot, with only Bumblebee, Shatter, and Dropkick to keep track of, made the stakes feel more personal and appreciable.
It was never the intention of Bumblebee to completely reject the previous Transformers films; rather, it served as a soft relaunch into a lighter tone, which it did quite well.
The Evolution Of Monsters Is Advancing Transformers Revamp For Bumblebee
Even though Bumblebee isn’t getting much attention, it’s clear from the movie’s 1994 setting that Rise of the Beasts is going for a throwback adventure in the vein of the last film. Meanwhile, the trailer reveals that the rest of the Autobots, Maximals, and Terrocons are all modeled around Bumblebee’s new action-figure aesthetic.
The teaser makes it clear that Bumblebee’s unique look has been carried over from his last film, and the action sequences included have all the heft of Bumblebee’s previous feature film.
Some of the modern edge and military grit that Bay brought to the Transformers brand can be seen in the teaser for Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.
While Bumblebee is the film’s most obvious inspiration, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts seems to strike a good balance between the nostalgic charm of the original and the epic scale of the Beast Wars films. Regardless, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts has the potential to finish what Bumblebee started in a team-up story for the franchise.
How ‘Bumblebee’ Finally Did Justice To The Transformers
Hasbro’s legendary robots in disguise were reintroduced to a new audience by Michael Bay’s explosively chaotic Transformers flicks. The fight between the Autobots and the Decepticons spanned the first film and its four sequels (Revenge of the Fallen, Dark of the Moon, Age of Extinction, and The Last Knight), and was fought in high-octane, visual effects grandeur throughout cities, deserts, and everywhere else.
Despite being the series’ namesake and a significant part of all five films, the titular metallic titans were rarely treated as the series’ primary protagonists.
The Transformers movies directed by Michael Bay are, at their core, stories about people. The Cybertronian robot cast played a supporting role to the human actors in each film. Whether it was Shia LaBeouf’s Sam Witwicky and Megan Fox’s Mikaela Banes or Mark Wahlberg’s Cade Yeager,
the films were structured so that the audience could identify with the dramas and relationships of the human characters and pay less attention to the robotic conflict and more to the human cast of Earth’s civilians and military men. Sam Witwicky’s coming-of-age and romantic exploits took precedence over the intergalactic robot conflict in the first three films.
Some moments in Bumblebee may be frightening or upsetting to kids under the age of five, in addition to the violence already indicated. The Transformers, for instance, is an example of CGI animation done quite well. They’re big, imposing, and armed to the teeth.