BUMBLEBEE movie review- Transformers prequel rolls out!
It took 11 years, but Bumblebee finally delivers the movie that Transformers fans have always wanted.
Bumblebee is a prequel to the other transformers movies and takes place in the 1980s. Optimus Prime sends Bumblebee to hideout on Earth and establish an Autobot base. Bumblebee gets injured and disguises himself as an old broken down Volkswagen bug. Hailee Steinfeld ends up repairing what she thinks is just a broken down car and is pretty surprised when he transforms into a 10 foot tall robot. They become friends and Steinfeld hides Bumblebee from the Decepticons and the US Army led by the WWE’s John Cena.
The film feels a bit like ET meets the Iron Giant with a little King Kong in there too. Hailee Steinfeld does a good job of selling teen angst as well as her friendship with Bumblebee. John Cena has come a long way from his first acting gig in The Marine and we see a brief glimpse of what a Cena heel turn in the WWE would look like. He’s not an egomaniacal villain, just a man driven by a seething hatred. There are a couple fun references to the 1980s animated Transformers movie and a pretty cool 80s soundtrack.
The movie has a couple plot holes like how Hailee Steinfeld can repair Bumblebee in his car form and never notice all the crazy alien robot technology inside or why a robot with crazy alien technology would have a broken AM FM radio. Also the fact that the Transformers have rubber tires on an alien planet before they’ve ever seen a rubber tire on Earth seems a bit implausible but this is the kind of logic you have to throw out when dealing with any Transformers property whether it be a cartoon, movie, video game, or comic.
Out of all the Transformers films Bumblebee is the most like the original series. The first scene of the film is straight from the Generation 1 cartoon. Optimus Prime leads the Autobots in battle against the Decepticons on Cybertron. For the first time the characters actually look like they do in the cartoon. There are a bunch of characters that have never been in a live action Transformers movie including Arcee, Ultra Magnus, and Shockwave. Soundwave, is in his old boom box form with cassette creatures coming out of his chest.
This is a pretty good action movie and definitely the best Transformers film. It’s funnier and has more heart than the other films in the franchise.
4 out of 5 stars