On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), 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.
I thought that Bumblebee would be just a prequel to the existing Transformer movies, but thank goodness I as wrong as this appears to be reboot. Bumblebee just so happens to be a movie that you can build a franchise around. Everything that is missing in the other Transformer films is what makes this movie great. Kudos to director Travis Knight for adding some heart to the franchise.
We are in a peak period for 80s nostalgia, and Bumblebee is another entertainment commodity to take advantage of this. Not that I’m complaining, especially in this case as the 80s dynamic adds something to the film. Hailee Steinfeld plays the lead character, who is honestly just looking for a friend, which she finds in her new car/alien robot. What this film get right compared to some of the latest Transformer movies is the human connection. Steinfeld’s connection to the Bumblebee compares or probably even surpases Shia Lebouf’s in the first film.
From an action standpoint, this movie isn’t as grand as the previous installments but it is better. Things are more realistic this time around, Bumblebee transforms in mid air and punches a decepticon. Their are some action scenes on Cybertron that look like they were ripped straight from the animated series. The look and feel of this movie is comparable to an 80s flick as well. Imagine if John Hughes and Molly Ringwald stumbled into the Transformers universe.
This is probably the best Transformer movie, you can make a case for the first one, but personally I feel that this one tops it. It’s a whole lot of fun, and does just about everything I wish the other films would have done. Good for Paramount and Travis Knight to show audiences that these movies don’t have to be bad and can be more than meets the eye. (See what I did there?)