Bumblebee Injects Life into A Dying Franchise

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Movie title: Bumblebee

Movie description: Taking place in the late 80s, this Transformers prequel follows the Autobots second in command, Bumblebee. After taking refuge in a California junkyard, the beloved alien is discovered by a teenage girl who assists in his battle with the Decepticons.

Date published: 2018-12-21

Director(s): Travis Knight

Actor(s): John Cena, , Hailee Steinfeld, , Jorge Lendeborg, , Jason Drucker, , Stephen Schneider, , Pamela Adlon, , John Ortiz, , Glynn Turman, , Len Cariou, , Gracie Dzienny

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Family,

  • Direction - 6.3/10
  • Story - 8/10
  • Acting - 7/10
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Director: Travis Knight
Writer: Christina Hodson
Producer: Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Release: December 21, 2018


The Transformers Movie Fans Deserve


Arriving only a year after last summers abysmal Transformers: The Last Knight, Bumblebee, the latest live-action addition to Paramount’s Transformers series, has managed to dig the franchise out of its own grave. For years fans have begged for a quality entry into this universe. And now the wait is over because Bumblebee is a film with heart, humor, and a coherent story that everyone can enjoy.

What’s The Story?

When Michael Bay’s Transformers hit theaters in 2007 it managed to become one of the largest summer hits. But a plethora of mediocre sequels would follow for many years until now. Serving as an origin tale for the Autobots second in command,

Bumblebee takes the franchise back to the late 80s, as the beloved alien has taken refuge in a California junkyard after escaping the Cybertron war. Bumblebee is discovered by Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), a teen who receives a yellow Volkswagon beetle as a birthday gift. Upon Discovery, the two develop a bond and she assists in the battle with the Decepticons, Shatter and Dropkick. This film perfectly captures the era of the Transformers; allowing the robots to feel like characters. It also doesn’t crowd the screen with an abundance of sloppy action sequences.

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Image via Paramount Pictures

Director Travis Knight replaces Bay for this latest outing, and he manages to direct a film that successfully balances action, drama, and humor. Besides Steinfeld, the cast includes John Ortiz, Jorge Lendeborg, Jason Drucker, Pamela Adlon, Rory Markham, and WWE veteran John Cena. Bumblebee clearly draws inspiration from The Iron Giant, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, as the film does an amazing job at building the bond between Charlie and Bumblebee as the story progresses. Something that was lacking in Bay’s movies was that there was never much character development; the audience was not allowed to become attached to the on-screen participants.

A Welcome Change

Steinfeld’s role as the lead is an example of just how talented she is. She is more than ready to lead future films. This movie isn’t obnoxiously long like its predecessors; it never outstays its welcome but begs you to stay for more. Christina Hodson penned the script for this heart-warming film. Fans can also thank executive producer Steven Spielberg for coming up with the change of direction in the franchise. Everyone involved does their best to let the audience know that they care about the material being presented. It’s clear that Knight has a passion for the Transformers brand. Unlike Bay’s entries, the robots in Bumblebee can be identified without having to wonder who is who, or what side is which. The film has the shortest runtime in the series but still puts the previous instalments to shame; it allows each character to get developed properly. 

Final Verdict

The Transformers franchise has always been a success in terms of the box office, but its reception has been slowly declining with each new entry. Thankfully, Bumblebee takes a different approach and has managed to dig the franchise out of its grave. While the film isn’t perfect and has a few logic gaps that raise questions about established continuity, it doesn’t take away from an overall well-crafted movie. With an amazing direction from Knight and impressive character development, Bumblebee will more than likely remain the best entry in the series since its inception. 


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Eric Trigg

Fan of horror movies, supernatural series, and yes the old school is better than the new. I am a youtuber where i post movie news, and reviews the channel name is critical overlord.

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