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Bumblebee - Coming Soon to Showcase!
Published Date: 06/11/2018
On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee the Autobot seeks refuge in a junkyard in a small California beach town. Charlie, on the brink of turning 18 years old and trying to find her place in the world, soon discovers the battle-scarred and broken Bumblebee. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns that this is no ordinary yellow Volkswagen.
Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)) is helming the live-action Transformers film, which stars the Oscar nominated Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit (2010)) as Charlie Watson, WWE star John Cena who will play Agent Burns of Sector 7 and Justin Theroux as the voice of Dropkick, Angela Bassett as Shatter and of course Peter Cullen brings Optimus Prime to life. Transformers mainstay Michael Bay is producing the film, so a safe set of hands!
There is a huge buzz around Bumblebee, a prequel in the Transformers franchise, which has been one of the most financially successful blockbuster franchises of all time, having grossed over $4 billion over the course of its run, and mostly here at Showcase Cinemas we have been swept up in that buzz!
Travis Knight has previously said that he approaches filmmaking as storytelling — as sharing stories, and the intimate Kubo and the Two Strings was evidence of that, which is again reflected in the footage that we have been privy to. Homing in on the relationship that develops between Steinfeld's Watson and the Autobot Bumblebee.
"This is how we stop them. You've got me… and I'm not going anywhere."
Knight recently explained that the film was "Bumblebee's story, effectively an origin story, where we see how he became the character that he is, where he came from, how he evolved. The Transformers film mythology is massive, it's expansive, it's huge. This film is an opportunity for us to focus in on one aspect of that canvas and that is Bumblebee. He has his Autobot family, he has these baddies that he goes up against. That is an aspect of his story but fundamentally it's about his relationship with this girl Charlie and how essentially they find each other and make each other whole. There are other layers at play but that is at the core of the story.
That was when I was first exposed to the Transformers. I loved those characters, I loved their designs and I introduced my kids to Transformers and the first thing I showed them was the Transformers cartoon and they loved it as much as I did. Part of it is the beauty and simplicity of the design, so when we were trying to bring a new perspective to this franchise we went back to the beginning and asked how can we bring that to a modern era but still pay tribute to the wonder and magic of those original designs.
Knight sees Cena's character, Agent Burns, as not really a villain but rather a character with whom the audience may well have a certain empathy with.
"I don't think moustachio-twirling baddies are particularly interesting. Certainly he is somebody who puts the screws on our heroes but he does so for reasons we can understand," Knight said. "In fact on some level he's probably right. He's a heavy guy, he's not someone who you'd want to run afoul of, but we also as an audience can understand where he's coming from."
It certainly feels that Knight's sensitivity to what is important to the Transformers fan means that we are in for a bumper Christmas with the release of Bumblebee.
Bumblebee is out at Showcase Cinemas December 26, with advance screenings on December 15, 16, 20 and 24.