To say I’m not a fan of what Michael Bay has done with the Transformers is… honestly the biggest understatement of the month. None of us at Nerd & Tie are really fans anyway, so here’s what I would recommend looking at instead!
And yeah, I know I didn’t mention anything Beast Wars/Machines. That’s for another video, I promise.
It’s getting harder and harder to feign enthusiasm for Michael Bay’s Transformers films the further we get into the franchise. It’s like we started with a genuinely decent film in 2007, but each subsequent entry into the series is just slightly worse. Now, at movie number five, it’s just getting more difficult to care.
Maybe it’s Bay’s disregard for a consistent continuity for the series or its mechanics. Maybe its just the fact that these movies keep getting longer and longer. Maybe it’s that the films genuinely lost something once Shia LaBeouf left them.
I mean all of that.
Either way, here come more explosions. And don’t get me wrong, Transformers films absolutely need lots of explosions to work. The problem is they need more than that to keep my attention.
Transformers: The Last Knight comes out June 23rd.
Does it actually get one? I’m not really sure – but the music throughout sure wants us to think something deep is happening here. As this is a Transformers film directed by Michael Bay, I’m fairly confident that it’ll turn out to be fairly shallow.
But hey – way to earn your paycheck trailer editor.
I’m pretty sure if I piece together all of the trailers for Transformers: The Last Knight I could piece together the entire plot of the film, but I leave that sort of super cut up to someone with more time on their hands. What it comes down to is that this film is going to be more of the same from the series. If you happen to like that, you’ll be pleased. I, on the other hand, have gotten a bit tired of the routine, and this trailer isn’t convincing me that anything has changed.
Transformers: The Last Knight comes out June 23rd.
The new trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight landed yesterday, focusing on Isabela Moner’s character Izabella. Izabella is a young girl who has been apparently spending a lot of her time in a junkyard with robots — I mean, that’s what I got out of the trailer at least.
Honestly, I think someone must have pointed out to Michael Bay that the Star Wars franchise has been doing really well with women in lead action roles, and as an attempt to market to young girls this is his “close enough.” I mean, she could be a great character if handled well, but I’m not sure how much I actually trust Michael Bay to do it.
I guess we’ll find out when Transformers: The Last Knight comes out June 23, 2017.
Okay, so we never thought Michael Bay would direct the Bumblebee spin-off movie, but it’s just nice to think about finally getting a Transformers movie without him. It’s a wonderful feeling.
Anyway, as for who is directing the Bumblebee film, it’s been reported that Travis Knight is taking the reigns. Knight is probably best known for directing the Oscar-nominated animated film Kubo and the Two Strings, and this would be his live action debut.
The Bumblebee movie, which is disappointingly just being called Bumblebee, is the first foray into the Transformers cinematic universe outside the main line of films. Should this be successful, we may see other movies made about standout characters in the series who aren’t Bumblebee, Optimus Prime or Megatron.
…though I can’t think of any off the top of my head.
Look, it’s commonly accepted wisdom that only a minority of nerds and geeks really care about organized sports. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with liking sports, but it’s just not as common in our community as it is in the rest of the general populace.
That said, every year during the Super Bowl ads for things us geeks are extremely interested in debut, and we really want to see them. To help out those of you who chose to skip Sunday’s game though, we’ve rounded up most of them right here… because we’re good people.
If you took footage from every science fiction and superhero from across the last twenty years and mashed them all up to create a single trailer which would both convey visual spectacle yet have zero depth… you’d get the new trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight. And since Michael Bay’s Transformers movies thus far have usually been all visual and zero depth, I guess that’s unsurprising.
There was a time where I rejoiced at seeing Autobots and Decepticons on the big screen, and I really did enjoy the first couple of entries into this franchise. But the fourth movie was six parts boring to one part creepy, and it’s hard for me to get excited about yet another foray into this particular Transformers’ universe.
And, I’m loathe to admit this, I kinda miss Shia.
Whether we want it to or not, Transformers: The Last Knight comes out June 23, 2017.
Liam Garrigan, best known for playing King Arthur in the television series Once Upon a Time, will apparently be yanking the sword from the stone a second time. According to Mashable, Garrigan will play King Arthur again, but this time in Transformers: The Last Knight.
This hasn’t been confirmed by the studio of course, so take it with the appropriately sized grain of salt.
Transformers: The Last Knight is going to pull heavily from Arhurian myth, and we’ve known for a while that King Arthur would appear in the film. Obviously Garrigan is well cast as King Arthur, so he’ll do as good a job as anyone could with the kind of scripts the last few Transformers films have had.
Of course, any time actors reprise roles in different franchises, the geek brain has to wonder if there isn’t some sort of connection between the two. I mean, just try to connect Transformers and Once Upon a Time — It’s a hilarious thought.
Transformers: The Last Knight comes out June 23, 2017.
On this episode of the Nerd & Tie Podcast, Trae and Nick are going it on their own (as Pher is unfortunately ill). We mourn the deaths of David Bowie and Alan Rickman, contemplate Steven Moffat leaving Doctor Who, consider Star Wars Episode VIII’s move to December 2017, skeptically consider Michael Bay’s future with the Transformers franchise, wonder where all the money is from TCE2, and talk about Yourminicon cancelling half of their conventions.
In an interview with Collider, director Michael Bay stated that that the upcoming Transformers 5 would be his final time directing a film in the franchise. After this one, he will be leaving the franchise to move onto other projects. He doesn’t want to spend one more additional minute chronicling the adventures of Optimus Prime. He’s totally done after this one.
…pardon me if I have a hard time believing him.
You see, we’ve heard this before. Like more than once. Since the third movie, it’s continuously been his “last” Transformers film. So, like I said last time, I guess I’ll finally believe him once a different director’s name is attached to Transformers 6.
Not buying it until that happens though.
Transformers 5 is scheduled for a mid-2017 release.