Movie Review: Bumblebee

March 15th, 2019

Details from IMDB:

Bumblebee (2018)

PG-13 | | ActionAdventureSci-Fi | 21 December 2018 (USA)
 
7.1/10
55,514
On the run in the year of 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.

Director:

 Travis Knight

Writers:

 Christina HodsonChristina Hodson (story by)
 

 

Initial Thoughts:

I haven't seen a Transformers movie since the third Michael Bay one (Dark of the Moon, don't watch it, trust me). Bay had ruined the movies for me but this one was not directed by him and I had actually read positive reviews, so just before it left theater here I went.

Main Points:

I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. The acting was fine to good (John Cena has improved) and I hadn't seen Halie Steinfeld since Ender's Game, she is also becoming a fine actor. All of the sexist, racist and generally weird confusing crap Bay throughs into these movies is thankfully absent. Thankfully we get a movie that while predictable and still more meant for teenagers, had heart and some nice laughs.

Good action, excellent special effects and I have to say a very cool fight on Cybertron at the beginning. Stick around for a short scene right at the start of the credits. Travis Knight has restored my faith in a Transformers movie and I hope he gets to direct another.

Final Thoughts:

Still, a ways to go to bring this up to a Marvel (or lately DC) movie but I give it a solid 7 out of 10. If it's still in theaters near you (and you're a Transformers fan) I would certainly recommend it. It never dragged and I found myself staying right to the end of the credits. Also as it's set in the 80s I really enjoyed the music (and they make a point of pointing out the crappy songs). Please don't bring small children, there are some violent scenes and a little bit of coarse language.