BumbleBee Review : Bumblebee brings Transformers back in action

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Director: Travis Knight

Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr, John Ortiz, Pamela Adlon

Genre: Sci-Fi Action

After not so appealing response from the audience on earlier Transformers, one of the right steps that Producer Michael Bay took is giving the directorship charge of Transformers franchise’s next big “Bumblebee” to  Travis Knight. The director famous for Kubo and the two strings brought a fresh touch to otherwise too action overloaded, less emotional plots. 


The film opens up on a perfect high fight note. On the planet Cybertron, its a war situation between Autobots and Decepticons. The Autobot leader, Optimus Prime has already planned Earth as his new home base.  He gives charge of the planet Earth to B-127. Optimus orders him to protect the planet from Decepticons, who otherwise will destroy the Earth and its mankind.


Meanwhile, the entry of B-127 on Earth is somewhat rocking and shocking as he accidentally bumps as a burning piece of a meteor on the middle of activity by Agent Burns, Senior Officer at a Secret Government agency, played by John Cena. Making him suspicious of the event and his looks of course. Agent Burns attacks him with his force. In the middle of an attack from armed forces, Blitzwing, a Decepticon enters into the scene and thrashes B-127 badly. Although the Autobot loses his speech and memory in the fight, he manages to survive with some injuries and transforms into Beetle, later gets stationed at an old scrapyard.


Parallel to all the war-centric screenplay, Charlie Watson (played by Hailee Steinfeld), an 18 years old teenage girl dreams of having a car and a spends majority of her free time in the garage to build a Car of her own. After the demise of the father, Charlie did not really move on like her mother did and found another soulmate. On her birthday, she manages to convince the scrapyard owner for an old looking, dusty, scratched Beetle. The real transformers start from there.


Written by Christina Hodson, less action and more hearts is the real definition of Bumblebee. Charlie’s introduction to B-127 is worth a watch. On the first meet itself, she names B-127 ‘Bumblebee’. The bond between Bumblebee and Charlie is the X-factor of the Transformers franchise, which was missing since long. Keeping Human- Machine bond at the centre, the film’s plot touches the inner spirit.


Set back in 1987, the film takes you back to less tech-pro days where radio is one of the best sources of music and landline phones are still prominent in Research Centres. Most catchy is when Bubblebee tries interacts with Charlie using most suitable retro soundtracks. Must say, B-127 is intelligent and emotional at the same time. 


Directed by Travis Knight, Bumblebee treats you a fantastic CGI, which almost feels seamless. We cannot say action from the new Transformers franchise is missing but it is definitely controlled and kept minimal for great plot development. By the climax, Bumblebee takes a toll on Shatter and Dropkick where we get to see maximum action, clashes in the film.


Overall, Bumblebee is a fun time. Autobot B-127 acts surely a Kid like a figure with monstrous powers to stop the Decepticons from attacking Earth. Hailee Steinfeld as Charlie felt natural and the confidence in her eyes made her role stronger. Actor Jorge Lendeborg Jr. as Memo did a great job. His facial expression keeps you hooked and John Cena felt a bit underplayed not due to his acting, but because of the screentime. Bumblebee definitely restored our confidence in Transformers once again. We hope Travis Knight continues with the direction and bring back the franchise in action like before. 


We recommend you to watch Bumblebee this weekend.


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