The New 'Transformers: The Last Knight' Trailer Shows Bumblebee Getting Beheaded

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 - 1:35PM
Transformers
Transformers: The Last Knight
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 - 1:35PM
The New 'Transformers: The Last Knight' Trailer Shows Bumblebee Getting Beheaded
Image credit: Paramount Pictures
Remember back when the first Transformers movie came out, and audiences entered theaters nationwide with optimism and enthusiasm for the future of a beloved franchise? That was 2007. Ten years ago. Watching the international trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight, the series is really starting to show its age.

The trailer has everything you'd expect from a Transformers movie: it's approximately eighty percent explosions and ten percent empty wisecracking. Michael Bay is claiming that he's done with the franchise, and this trailer for The Last Knight does seem to suggest that he's not eager to rock the boat too much with a formula that's served him well on four previous movies. So what's new? What's the ten percent of the trailer that's unaccounted for?

It's Oscarbait. Just watch.



In order to jazz up the formula, Michael Bay got a celebrated British actor to stand in front of a pretty British mansion to deliver some kind of alternate universe history lesson. In another situation, this scene could be mistaken for a historical drama, if not for the transforming sportscar. This leads to perhaps the most surreal moment of the franchise, as Anthony Hopkins says the word "Transformer" in the middle of an impassioned speech, and suddenly, everything on display looks even more ridiculous than it already did.

This mix of sci-fi and Arthurian legend seems to be the film's primary selling point from the trailer—along with the introduction of teeny tiny human-sized robots, we'll be getting a story that focuses on Excalibur, King Arthur's sword. It seems that this is in some way connected to the war for Cybertron that's been raging for eons, and with this movie's marketing promising some big revelation about why the Transformers seem to show up on Earth so much, there's a good bet that this sword is some kind of fancy alien relic that'll come into play in a big way.

Presumably the sword will grow in size when wielded by Optimus Prime—considering how large Transformers are relative to Excalibur, it's hard to imagine that all of Cybertron has been at war for centuries over a magical toothpick. Otherwise, the movie trailer does feel by-the-numbers. There is a moment that might surprise some viewers: without warning, Bumblebee is beheaded (spoilers? Although it is literally in the trailer). Death has apparently been patched now, though, as the robot instantly reassembles himself, ready to star in his own spin-off.

Ultimately, though, we know this trailer isn't for us. The international trailer is aimed squarely at the Asian market, where Transformers movies always perform well. No matter how bizarre the mashup of tones in this trailer might be, this thing is still going to clear a billion dollars without breaking a sweat.

Transformers: The Last Knight hits US theaters on June 21st, 2017.
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