'Transformers: The Last Knight Trailer

Transformers: The Last Knight

Director Michael Bay and his cast premiered a 15-20 minute reel of clips from Transformers: The Last Knight. Before the presentation, Bay admitted he didn’t want to come back for another Transformers film, but was convinced when he realized that he could combine two ideas that Steven Spielberg presented to him. Watching the footage, it’s very clear that this movie is a mash-up of two different scripts: one delves into the Transformers mythology and its weird connection to Arthurian legend while the other is more of a Terminator style story set in a post-apocalyptic future with Mark Wahlburg playing the protector role.

To be honest, the mythology and Arthurian legend material looked fantastic. I didn’t know I wanted to see Michael Bay direct a King Arthur movie, but after seeing this footage, I think I do. The other side of this film seemed a bit less interesting. The comedy, which is always bad in these films, seems even worse in this one. Anthony Hopkins’ character has a Transformer butler named Cogman who is just plain unbearable, bringing scenes to a complete standstill.

As you’d expect, the action looks fantastic – Bay definitely has the “making a Transformers movie” formula down. This is also the first film to come out of the relatively new Transformers writers room and it’s expected to dive deep into franchise’s mythology, setting up future films. I’m intrigued about that aspect of the film and there are elements in this footage that looks like they may surprise fans.

Downsizing

The most exciting thing I’ve seen at CinemaCon so far is a sneak preview of the dark comedy Downsizing, the latest film from Election director Alexander Payne. This had not been on my radar (although I’m a fan of Payne’s movies) and I was surprised at how different this movie seems to be from his past work.

The premise for Downsizing is genius. What happens if Norwegian scientists develop a method to shrink people to five inches tall, potentially solving our planet’s overpopulation problem? People discover they are able to consume more and live out their wildest dreams. People who were only able to afford a small apartment before being shrunk can afford a huge mansion and anything they could possibly want in miniature size.

The movie stars Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig as a married couple who decide to take the plunge into miniature life. The 10-minute preview we saw was darkly funny, almost like an old school Charlie Kaufman movie. I can’t tell you how excited I now am to see this movie. Mark it on your calendars now: December 22, 2017. Trust me.

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