On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary yellow VW bug.
Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Pamela Adlon, John Cena, Dylan O’Brien, John Ortiz, Jason Ian Drucker and Stephen Schneider.
Director: Travis Knight
This movie actually didn’t came as a surprise to me because I had my faith in Travis Knight, I loved his previous movie Kubo and the Two Strings and although Bumblebee is his first live action movie I was pretty sure it’ll be better than any of the Michael Bay’s previous attempts and I was right it’s not just a good Transformers movie but it’s an overall good movie, way better than any Transformers movie.
It is actually Transformers done better, the plot is basically the same as in this movie Bumblebee is Charlie’s first car and they both fights Decepticons to save earth until others arrive which in this case happens only in the very end (basically a mid-credit scene) as it is a solo adventure of Bumblebee. The biggest reason I liked this movie is that it doesn’t relies heavily on CGI which is a good thing and the quality of CGI also feels better as less of it is used. All the robots (Autobots and Decepticons) feels genuine with minimal transformation not as complicated as they were made to look in previous movies. The thing that holds this movie together is Charlie’s relationship with Bumblebee, both of them cares a lot about each other and Travis translates that on screen quite brilliantly (I loved the way Bumblebee gets scared of Charlie whenever he did something wrong) and Hailee’s performance does helps a lot. On the other hand John Cena’s character Jack Burns actually felt useless to me to a point that I think it was only written to add someone famous like John Cena to help promote the movie. Family also plays an important role in this movie not like in the first Transformers where we even forgets that he even have one. In this movie the family does feels a little dysfunctional in the start as Charlie refused to accept Ron as his stepfather and thinks her mother doesn’t care about her anymore, but in the end it’s them who helps her out and so by the end she starts trusting them and accepting Ron as his Stepfather, so there is some family dynamic in this movie which is actually a good thing.
Bumblebee is so different from the previous Transformers that after halfhour I actually forgot I was watching a Transformers movie which is both good and bad, good because you never thought a Transformers movie can have a heart and soul and bad because what Transformers name signifies which is hardcore action which this movie lacks a lot, there are some action scenes but they are not as great as you’d expect from a Transformers movie so keep that in mind before watching it.
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