‘Bumblebee’ review: Well-made take to an overwhelming franchise

Bumblebee is more a reboot of the franchise with a good mix of character development and emotions, as well as some good action and humor.

Bumblebee starts during a civil war on Cybertron, where Autobot resistance leader Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) sends his young lieutenant, Bumblebee (Dylan O’Brien), on a mission to Earth to establish a base, protect the planet’s inhabitants, and await their allies. But Bumblebee is followed by two Decepticons, who wound him and destroy his voice box. On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee seeks refuge in a junkyard in a small California beach town. Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld), on the brink of turning 18 years old and trying to find her place in the world, soon discovers the battle-scarred and broken Bumblebee. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns that this is no ordinary yellow Volkswagen. As Charlie befriends and introduces him to her neighbor, Memo (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.), two Decepticons enforcers land on Earth. Shatter (Angela Bassett) and Dropkick (Justin Theroux) convince government agents, Agent Burns (John Cena) and Dr. Powell (John Ortiz), to collaborate in order to find the “dangerous” Bumblebee.

The plot is more about the relationship and journey of Charlie and how she develops as an individual and moves on from her issues about her family through the help of Bumblebee. Their relationship displays a friendship so touching and heart-warming that it will leave one feeling good all over again. This works in large part because of the depth of Steinfeld’s performance. We haven’t seen such a well-realized character like Charlie in any of the previous Transformers films.

Director Travis Knight helms a wonderful film that reflects refreshing take on a Transformers story. There is so much to love about this that one can say it’s even better than the past franchise. This film doesn’t feel completely chaotic and fast-paced. The humor is perfectly balanced that there’s never a corny moment. Plus, it is a family-appropriate film devoid of jokes with sexual references. It’s a complete reboot: a revolution in the Transformer cinematic world. It’s much more sensitive and softer this time around. A dream-come-true for original fans and a fresh new start for young fans.

Bumblebee is the film we’ve finally been looking for in the Transformers franchise. It is accurate, and a great representation of what a classic Transformers movie should be. The film has a good plot, a great soundtrack, and impressive visual effects. The action sequences are absolutely outstanding, wonderfully choreographed and not just a bunch of metal-against-metal crashing. The sequence of scenes is much more refined and easier to follow. The cast performance is appealing and the throwback to 1980’s pop culture—especially the classic cars and music—appear to be very sentimental. When the film wants to be heartwarming or serious. this one handles it correctly. Such a redemption for a bloating franchise in the process.

Bumblebee is indeed charming and well made with a heart. It sets on a promising new path, inevitably with future installments (like multiple prequels and spin-offs). Definitely a must-watch for solid Transformers fans!

5 out of 5 stars

Directed by Travis Knight. Starring Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Ortiz, Jason Drucker, Pamela Adlon, Dylan O’Brien, Angela Bassett, Justin Theroux, and Peter Cullen. Runtime: 114 minutes

Penn Badgley, Shay Mitchell of Netflix’s ‘You’ are coming to the Philippines!

The lead stars of the hit Netflix Original Series ‘You’ are coming to the Philippines for a special fan event!

Meet Penn Badgley and Shay Mitchell at Mooney’s Bookstore from the show at The Greenbelt Gallery, 2nd level, Greenbelt 5, on January 15, 5:30 pm onwards.

2019 is off to a good start with Netflix bringing the stars of its new Original Series, YOUPenn Badgley and Shay Mitchell – to Manila, to promote the show and interact with Filipino fans.

Now streaming on Netflix, YOU stars Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg,  a long-time manager at boutique bookstore, Mooney’s, where he meets and falls in love with Beck (played by Elizabeth Lail). Joe is mysterious, resourceful, and is a chameleon. His obsessive love for Beck comes with a few challenges… one of them is Beck’s best friend, Peach Salinger, played by  Shay Mitchell. Peach is the heir to the JD Salinger family and has her own complicated relationship with Beck.

Penn and Shay will interact with media on January 14 and will appear for a special fan event later at Mooney’s, inspired by the bookstore in the show.  Fans can experience Mooney’s, win swag and get a chance to see Penn and Shay starting 5:30 pm at The Greenbelt Gallery, 2nd level, Greenbelt 5, on Tuesday, January 15.

About YOU

What would you do for love? When a brilliant bookstore manager crosses paths with an aspiring writer, his answer becomes clear: anything. Using the internet and social media as his tools to gather the most intimate of details and get close to her, a charming and awkward crush quickly becomes obsession as he quietly and strategically removes every obstacle – and person – in his way.

Based on Caroline Kepnes’ best-selling novel of the same name, You stars Penn Badgley (Gossip Girl), Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars) & Elizabeth Lail (Once Upon A Time). Special guest star: John Stamos.

YOU Season 1 is now streaming on Netflix. Season 2 has been picked up as a Global Original.

About Netflix

Netflix is the world’s leading internet entertainment service with 130 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.