I don’t really know how it took me so long to see Bumblebee. At first it was because I had been burned too many times by the live action Transformer movies. After I started hearing good things about the movie it kind of became me being lazy. Bumblebee has been my favorite Transformer as long as I can remember, so I’m predisposed to like the movie. Which it should come to no surprise that I fucking loved the movie.
Bumblebee was directed by Travis Knight. It was written by Christina Hodson. I’ve never seen at Knight had directed to this previously. I have seen thing that he has worked on because he works at Laika Studios. I’m a huge fan of their movies, so that’s a nice surprise. Hodson wrote Birds of Prey, which I watched last year and enjoyed. Both of them have movies in the process of being made and I look forward to what they do.
Bumblebee stars Hailee Steinfield, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg, John Ortiz, Jason Drucker, Pamela Adlon, Stephen Schneider, Dylan O’Brien, Angela Bassett, and Justin Theroux. I want to mention John Cena because he pulls off the military asshole character really well, which he would go on to play in a comedic way in The Suicide Squad. Hailee Steinfield is the heart of the movie. She anchors everything the entire story and has great chemistry with everyone she shares a scene with. The voices for the three Transformers in the movie are great. Angela Bassett and Justin Theroux are incredibly sinister. Dylan O’Brien doesn’t get to do too much as Bumblebee but what he does get to do is impactful.
The plot of Bumblebee follows the titular character as he escapes from Cybertron. He arrives on Earth and immediately runs afoul of the US military. After a short fight with a Decepticon called Blitzwing, Bumblebee shuts down for an undetermined amount of time. In 1987, he is discovered by Charlie, who is still dealing with the loss of her father. She ends up getting him on her birthday. Bumblebee’s awakening alerts two Decepticons to his presence on Earth. They trick the military into working with them. I’ll leave the plot description there.
With the movie being set in the 80s the set design is amazing. The costume design also sells the setting well. The sound design is great, there are sounds from the original cartoon which is always a treat. The music is a delight, both licensed and original music. The score by Dario Marianelli is suitably epic while also being heartwarming when it needs to be. The licensed music also helps sell the setting as well as being a way for the two main characters to communicate at first.
Bumblebee is delightful as fuck. This serves as a reboot of the Transformers franchise, because it had previously gotten out of control. This is the most heartfelt movie of the live action movies. The sequel was pushed back recently. I give Bumblebee 10 VW bugs out of 10.