Bumblebee - Review
Bumblebee – December 21, 2018
Bumblebee would have been great if this was the first Transformers movie ever released. But because this comes after a string of big-scale films, it’s hard to enjoy this action-less movie. These movies are meant to be the kind of films that you turn your brain off to enjoy. Cars that transform into killer-robots doesn’t really need to be a cinematic masterpiece.
I would like to review this film as if it were 2007 and we have never seen a Transformers movie before. But with the progression of this franchise, it’s hard not to compare this to the other Transformers films. Unfortunately, Bumblebee is eleven years too late.
Bumblebee takes place 20 years before the original movie. This also allows more time for there to be sequels that eventually lead up the first movie (if they want to acknowledge the other films). The story starts off with the fall of Cybertron. There is a war breaking out between the Autobots and the Decepticons. Optimus Prime tells Bumblebee to escape and hide out on Earth until the Autobots can regroup and fight again. Then Hailee Steinfeld finds Bumblebee in a junk yard and then “oh wow! This is a robot!” The whole movie is basically a remake of the first film. Kid finds car. Car is a robot. More robots come and fight.
However, Transformers 1 is when the world first realizes that Transformers exist. So, Bumblebee is an isolated incident where not many people are aware of the situation. After watching five other Transformers films, I don’t want to see a smaller-scale movie.
I would have loved it if this whole movie took place on Cybertron. That would have been a much more interesting movie. We don’t need humans interacting with the Transformers all the time. Autobots and Decepticons have their own problems that they are dealing with. We can’t keep making these movies about human-robot relationships. Plus, the humans have always been the worst part of these movies. They have terrible dialogue and brain-dead characteristics. But to be fair, Bumblebee has been the only Transformers film that doesn’t have characters saying ridiculously stupid things. But what you gain in dialogue, you lose in action. If they could combine the dialogue of Bumblebee with the action of the other films, you would end up with a great Transformers movie.
Overall, Bumblebee is a passable Transformers movie. You won’t hate it because the characters finally act like normal people, but you won’t particularly like it because it doesn’t have large-scale action sequences. There also just seems to be a fatigue with this franchise in general. The only way to really reboot this series is to have it take place on Cybertron with no human interaction. Transformers: The Last Knight is closest you’ll get to a decent Transformers movie. There is minimal bad dialogue with a lot of great action sequences.