It’s almost difficult to believe that the big screen Transformers franchise began so spectacularly and with such promise after a stellar first movie, and then swiftly dived downwards to incomprehensibility in plot, action and acting. It’s even more confounding that for almost eleven years (yes, it’s been that long that the series has been going strong) the series has actually raked in the big bucks despite bad reviews from press and cinemagoers alike.
Enter Bumblebee, the latest entry in the Transformers franchise that is a spin-off from the main movie line and somewhat of a soft reboot for the series. Director Travis Knight and screenwriter Christina Hodson have had the arduous task of un-Baying the series' convoluted plot and making a good Transformers movie again.
With the ‘80’s all the rage in pop-culture again, and looking for a way to reinvent the series while still maintaining some semblance of connective tissue to the Bay movies, Bumblebee was set in 1987, some years after the Fall of Cybertron and finds our second favourite Autobot hiding out on Earth as a war-damaged refugee. Tasked with protecting Earth, Bee is a shell of his former, bad-ass self, badly damaged and non-functional until Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), a teenager with issues of her own, finds him. Together they help each other rediscover themselves while doing their best to protect the world.
The relationship between Charlie and Bumblebee is a pure delight to watch, switching between whimsical silliness and heartbreaking seriousness as the story goes along.
Bumblebee chooses to go back to the original Transformer designs of the original cartoons, now known as G1 (Generation 1).
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