Earlier today, the first official trailer for Transformers spin-off movie, Bumblebee landed. If you missed the trailer, don’t worry you can check it out below.

Having watched the trailer myself I must admit I was pleasantly surprised. In fact, based on this trailer I’m more interested in this movie now than I have been at any point during its development.

I’ve said this before on the blog and I’ll say it again: I’m not a fan of Paramount’s Transformers film franchise.

I didn’t mind the first entry back in 2007, but every new movie since has bored me beyond belief. To date, I’ve still not watched the fifth movie – The Last Knight (2017) – and I’m not sure I ever will. Do I feel like I’m missing out by not watching it? No.

The Last Knight could be a masterpiece of cinema for all I know, but the previous entries in the Transformers franchise have killed my desire to invest any more time in the series. Or at least, that’s what I thought.

This morning, while watching the trailer for Bumblebee, I found myself warming to the footage on display. This evening, my interest has perked up even further with the arrival of the first official poster.

Bumblebee poster

Image: ©Paramount Pictures

It’s not clear if Bumblebee will be the final entry in the current series of TF movies or the first part of a soft reboot, but whatever Bumblebee is, I’m actually interested. Sure, this interest might drop off again when the second trailer gets released between now and Christmas, but for the moment I’m willing to give this movie a moment of my time.

Why?

Well, putting aside the ’80s setting and the appearance of Generation 1 Starscream – two elements that fill me with excitement – the trailer actually made me feel like there was a genuine connection between Bumblebee and the lead character, Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld).

With past Transformers movies I’ve found it really difficult to connect with the characters – both human and robot. Too much bashing and crashing and too many wooden characters alienated me, but the trailer feels like it has heart. That poster above makes me feel like this movie has heart too.

Now, all this could have something to do with the change in director – Travis Knight is taking over from Michael Bay – or it could simply be clever editing for the trailer and a talented designer on poster duties. Truth is, I won’t know until the movie comes out at the end of the year.

This new movie is clearly not a huge departure from the established and very profitable Transformers franchise, however, it might have had enough tweaks to win back lapsed audiences and give the series a new focus. At the very least, for now I’m going to say I’m on board – and that’s something I never thought I’d say.