On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small California beach town. On the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, Charlie Watson discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson's case, by shouting out one word - SHAZAM - this streetwise fourteen-year-old foster kid can turn into the grown-up superhero Shazam.
On Cybertron, the Autobots, led by Optimus Prime, are on the verge of losing the Great Cybertronian War to their enemies, the Decepticons, and begin making preparations to leave the planet. The Decepticons led by Shockwave, Soundwave and Starscream ambush them during the evacuation, and Optimus sends a young scout, B-127, to Earth in order to set up a base of operations where the Autobots can regroup. B-127 reaches Earth alone in 1987, crash-landing in California and disrupting a training exercise being conducted by Sector 7, a secret government agency that monitors extraterrestrial activity on Earth. Sector 7 agent Colonel Jack Burns presumes B-127 to be a hostile invader and attacks, driving B-127 into the forest, where he is then ambushed by the Decepticon Blitzwing. When B-127 refuses to reveal Optimus' whereabouts, Blitzwing spitefully tears out his voice-box and damages his memory core. B-127 manages to destroy Blitzwing before collapsing from his wounds. Before entering stasis,...Written by
Bumblebee is Transformers' first spin-off based on the yellow Autobot. The director of the blockbuster is Travis Knight, who was noticed with his first feature film Kubo and the Two Strings, named in the Best Animated Film category at the 2016 Oscars. He is also known for his work as a producer. and director of animation for the studio Laika (Coraline, The Strange Power of Norman) of which he is the vice-president. Bumblebee marks a big first for Knight as he not only makes his debut in live production but also in a big franchise studio film. See more »
When Burns first meets the Decepticons in Texas he demoted himself two pay grades by introducing himself as "Major Burns." In his previous scene while sitting at his desk, the rank of Colonel is on his lapels. See more »
[the Autobots are taking heavy fire from the Decepticons]
They've broken through the front lines!
I've lost contact with the Capitol!
There's too many of them!
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SPOILER: There is a mid-credits scene: Bumblebee reunites with Optimus Prime in a forest as more Autobots arrive and Charlie finishes fixing the Corvette. See more »
The Australian release was censored; after the film initially received an M rating from the classification board the distributor (Paramount) decided to re-edit the film in order to obtain a more lucrative PG rating. Following some changes made to the film a modified version of the film was submitted to the board, however this modified version was still seen as being too strong originally and received the original M rating given to the film, however following an appeal from Paramount the film was lowered to PG on December 11th with the consumer advice now stating that the film contains "Mild science fiction violence and mild themes. Some scenes may scare young children". Both versions were approved for theatrical release. See more »
Good: The relationship between Hailee Steinfeld & Bumblee has its charm and the scenes showing Bumblebee adjusting to the environment are great. Some action scenes are entertaining. Some nostalgia references. The pacing is fine and workable. Hailee Steinfeld is the only actress to do a decent job...
Bad: John Cena does not add anything special to the movie and is too dramatic, only used for his huge figure and loud shouting. I prefer Mark Wahlberg over John Cena. The love interest and family dynamic feel forced and is not handled well with a lack of chemistry. The dialogue is basic and most of the jokes are what you would expect from a Transformers movie. The villains are generic.
Overall: The whole film is generic and basic with its plotline and characters. Hailee Steinfeld was the best part of the movie, but she did do a better job in "The Edge of Seventeen." Although it is not as action packed as the previous Transformer films, the movie lacks an interesting storyline to carry the movie. Travis Knight did a decent job with what he was given. Just look at the writer, Christina Hodson's, history, nothing imaginative or creative.
The reasons for its rave reviews are because of its fresh take on the Transformer's franchise and nostalgic references, but the high score is not justifiable as "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" is a much better movie and "Stranger Things" has enough 80s references.
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