From Travis Knight, the director behind “Kubo And The Two Strings”, comes the newest installment in the “Transformers” franchise. The story follows Bumblebee, a battle scared Transformer from the planet Cybertron, as he seeks refuge on planet Earth. Along the way he meets Charlie, an 18 year old girl, with troubles of his own, who tries to help him on his journey.
This is the 6th movie in the franchise and the first movie not directed by Michael bay. And that’s a good thing. This movie is everything that the previous movies should have been. It is by far the best “Transformers” movie, not counting the 1980 animated one, which by far is the best one out there.
The movie embraces the lore and takes full advantage of it. The best way to describe it is to picture it as a mix between “E.T” and “The Iron Giant”.
It’s a movie filled with a lot of heart as well as big action scenes and flashed out characters.
Let’s start first with the characters. The main star, Bumblebee, is beautifully done in this movie. He is both cute and deadly in the same time. Like a mechanical ocelot. Even do he doesn’t speak you get to tell what he means and feels. Next to him is Charlie, the main human character played by Hailee Stein field. She is also an outcast the same as Bee. She has troubles fitting in, in schools as well as at home. But she makes a special bond with Bee, and the chemistry between the two is amazing, considering that one of them is completely CGI. The only one from the characters that didn’t land with me is the main human villain played by John Cena. He played the military guys who shoots first, asks questions later. His comedic moments were great, but the parts where he was supposed to be treating felt flat for me. And this is John Cena that we are talking about here. The man is a beast in real life.
On the other side are the non-human characters that we get to see. I am talking about the Transformers. In my opinion there were perfectly done. They looked and acted like the Transformers from the movie. The director was really faithful to the source material when it came to this. I especially liked how my boy Star scream looked.
The action was superb as well. First time in a “Transformers” movie you could see the action clearly. It didn’t cut to the humans right when the brawl between the robots was happening, and you could see them in full view, not just their heads. You could clearly tell who was fighting who and what was happening the entire time.
The gripe that I have about the movie is that it doesn’t know what it is. Is it a reboot or a prequel. There was news before the movie came out that it would be a reboot, but you could see references to the Michael Bay movies. But that is a gripe for what is an awesome movie that really invigorated the franchise.
If you are a fan of the old Transformers movie and cartoons, or you want to watch a heartwarming movie with great action, be sure to check out “Bumblebee”.
My name is Dimitar. I am 21 and I currently study Nanotechnology and I am in my second year in college. Ever since I was little I loved reading comics and watching movies, especially superhero movies and fantasy. I first discovered my love for geek culture when I watched the 90’s animated Spiderman cartoon. I remember my cousin had all the seasons on VHS and I would watch them over and over again. I also enjoy playing video games as well as watching TV shows. I’m a huge fitness fan as well and I think I got that obsession from watching all those super humans running and jumping around. My hope is that with these articles that I am writing I can share some of my love for these things to you.