That's one sound I never thought I'd hear in the theater after a Transformers movie, let alone a sixth installment in a franchise that seemingly turned to crap long ago. But nonetheless, there was clapping when the credits rolled, and I was part of it. Because, in all honestly, it was a legitimately good film, and a happy surprise.
Forget all the loud, explosion-filled mayhem Michael Bay filled his Transformers series with. Travis Knight throws that formula in the garbage, and rightfully so. What we get from Bumblebee is not a cliched CGI blockbuster, but instead a fun, sweet story that truly places a heart inside of the shell that the Transformers franchise once was. Hailee Steinfeld delivers yet another great performance, and her star rightfully continues to rise in the Hollywood landscape. And, rather than being completely generic and thin, the characters actually behave realistically. If this winds up rebooting the Transformers series, I will happily partake in any potential sequels, if this movie is any indication as to where this franchise will go.
Overall score: 8/10
Bumblebee is better than it has any right to be. If I could critique anything, it'd be the slightly underdeveloped villains, but they were still fun to watch. Other than that, it's just plain awesome, and has a little bit of everything: nostalgia, great action and CGI that's wonderful to look at. I recommend this film not only to fans of Transformers, but anyone who just wants to escape into a world of giant robots and 80s music.
But let's just hope Hailee doesn't become the next Megan Fox.
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