Week 16. – Movie News – Transformers: Origin Chronicles, Deadpool & Wolverine: Unlikely Allies

Transformers: Origin Chronicles

After years of the Michael Bay Transformers movies (plus Bumblebee and last year’s Rise Of The Beasts), it’s time to turn back the clock to the earlier days of the heroes — and villains — of Cybertron. The Robots before they were In Disguise. Make way for Transformers One, a new animated entry in the canon, directed by Toy Story 4’s Josh Cooley.

Transformers One centers on Orion Pax, the future Optimus Prime (here voiced by Chris Hemsworth) and Brian Tyree Henry’s D-16, the ‘bot who will one day be known as Megatron. As even the most entry-level Transformers fan will know, the pair become sworn enemies – but here they, along with B-127 (Bumblebee, voiced with typically chatty style by Keegan-Michael Key) and Elita (Scarlett Johansson), are friends who will have to embrace their destiny to save their home planet, all the while unaware that one of them will one day strive to dominate it.

The scope and scale here is suitably epic — those who’ve seen the 1986 Transformers: The Movie will feel at home here — and the tone is certainly skewing younger than most of the Bay films. Still, it’s a welcome change, even if it’s still weird to hear someone other than Peter Cullen voice Optimus on the big screen. But if you’re going to swap out a voiceover legend, you might as well hire a god.

We’ll see if this take on the characters is truly more than meets the eye when Transformers One lands in cinemas on 11 October.

Deadpool & Wolverine: Unlikely Allies

The first teaser for Deadpool & Wolverine initially hinted at Deadpool 3, focusing primarily on reintroducing us to Ryan Reynolds’ irreverent Merc With A Mouth in preparation for his MCU debut. However, the subsequent trailer took a different route, fully embracing the inclusion of Wolverine and delving into the intriguing dynamic between him and Deadpool. The clash between Wade Wilson’s quips and Logan’s gruff demeanor promises a thrilling and comedic spectacle.

In this latest glimpse, the focus remains on the interplay between Deadpool and Wolverine, offering insight into their tumultuous relationship. While the exact narrative remains shrouded in mystery, the trailer hints at Deadpool’s quest to save his world, with Wolverine reluctantly providing support. Whether this iteration of Wolverine is from the world of Logan or a new rendition is yet to be clarified, but his troubled past undoubtedly adds depth to their partnership.

The trailer is packed with action-packed sequences, from Wolverine’s trademark claws to Deadpool’s signature humor. Emma Corrin’s enigmatic villain adds further intrigue, while references to Disney and pop culture inject the trailer with Deadpool’s trademark meta-humor. As fan speculation runs rampant over the appearance of familiar characters and the significance of various scenes, anticipation for Deadpool & Wolverine reaches a fever pitch.

With its blend of humor, action, and unexpected cameos, Deadpool & Wolverine promises to be a wild ride for fans of both characters. Prepare for a cinematic experience unlike any other when Deadpool & Wolverine hits UK cinemas on 26 July.

Shyamalan’s Family Thriller: Trap

In a year filled with familial milestones for M. Night Shyamalan, anticipation rises as his daughter, Saleka, takes the stage in her father’s latest creation, Trap. The trailer introduces a darkly comedic tale where a father (played by Josh Hartnett) treats his daughter (Ariel Donoghue) to a concert featuring Lady Raven (portrayed by Saleka), a pop star with a Taylor Swift-like allure.

However, as the trailer boldly reveals, this seemingly innocent outing is anything but ordinary. The event serves as a trap, meticulously orchestrated to ensnare a local serial killer, with the unsuspecting target among the concert attendees.

Shyamalan, known for his penchant for blending suspense with dark humor, embraces this theme once again. In a recent interview with Variety, he discusses the peculiar yet enticing appeal of simultaneously evoking laughter and terror, reminiscent of his previous works such as Servant, The Visit, and Split.

With Trap set to unfold its sinister narrative in UK cinemas on 9 August, audiences can anticipate a riveting experience that navigates the fine line between amusement and apprehension, courtesy of the master storyteller himself.