It’s the year 1987, and Bumblebee the Transformer takes refuge after a vicious battle in a junkyard in a small beach town in California, where he is discovered by 18-year-old Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld). She thinks he’s just an ordinary, broken-down yellow VW bug, but when she starts to revive him, she discovers so much more…
The movie has been praised for its tender, gentle treatment of a Transformers character and its new approach to the franchise.
Rolling Stone says, “Imagine if John Hughes made a Transformers movie. Or: Think E.T., but with auto parts”, and Salon.com says, “Bumblebee does hold up as a fun, family-appropriate movie on its own terms, and redeems its beleaguered franchise in the process.”
It’s fun and energetic, and one of the better Transformers films you’re likely to see. It also sets itself up for a whole lot of sequels, so hopefully there’s more where this came from.
IMDB rating: 6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 92%