Paramount have dropped the latest trailer for Michael Bay’s Transformers swansong, The Last Knight, and dare we say it, no, surely we mustn’t tempt fate, it looks semi-coherent and kinda good.
This might have a lot to do with the focus of the latest teaser being the film’s child stars, in particular Isabela Moner’s Izabella. Coming across as a mix between Sarah Connor Jnr and Rey from The Force Awakens, it looks as though Bay is returning to what made the first Transformers film such a brilliant blockbuster; striking a balance between the robots and the humans. A fact which has been forgotten thanks to a series of mind-numbingly forgettable sequels.
So we get a group of Stranger Things style kids, a cute Wall-E-ish robot, and this kick-ass young lady, wonderfully nicknamed ‘Little J-Lo’ by Mark Wahlberg’s returning Cade Yeager. Remarkably, for the most part, they appear to be talking, rather than the franchise staple of shouting inaudibly, and what they have to say was quite charming, especially the exchanges between the kids.
Opening with a shot that looks like the aftermath of the BaneBowl from The Dark Knight Rises, the footage features some stunning imagery, the clarity of which is surprising considering how visually chaotic these films can be. It doesn’t give us any further indication as to what the plot might be, completely sidestepping the time-travelling aspect presented in previous trailers, so the cursed incoherence might only be an edit away.
There’s no sign of Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Stanley Tucci, or Laura Haddock. So for now we’ll just appreciate the simple effectiveness of this trailer, and hope that by the time huge things begin falling from the sky, and what look like TIE fighters ready themselves for battle, we haven’t lost the will to live or be suffering bombast induced temporary deafness.
Transformers: The Last Knight drops on the 23rd June 2017. Against all better judgement, we’re excited.