The best thing about Bumblebee is Bumblebee.
This post for Bumblebee is spoiler-free.
Bumblebee (2018, directed by Travis Knight) is a spin-off of the Transformers franchise. This prequel is set in 1987 and follows the story of Bumblebee and his relationship with the tomboyish teenager Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld).
I have managed to avoid all the Michael Bay Transformers movies that have become so widely popular over the years. Bumblebee is the first transformers movie I have watched and I don’t think it’s a great movie, but it’s definitely good enough.
The best part of Bumblebee was Bumblebee, and he’s not even real; he’s just CGI. I liked that he had a mind of his own and he could communicate with Charlie through music. Bumblebee as a character felt so pure and innocent; and by the end of the movie, if anything were to happen to him, I would have flipped out. I also really enjoyed the way Bumblebee and Charlie’s relationship was depicted in the movie; I was particularly moved by the performance that Steinfeld put on. There are a good amount of emotional and funny scenes—my favourite scene involves TP-ing and eggs—in this movie that would certainly keep the audiences invested.
However, there are flaws in this movie, and a huge part of it comes from its character development for its supporting characters. I find certain supporting characters such as Memo (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.) to be written in the movie for the sake of creating a romantic storyline for Charlie. Albeit he is given his own characterisation of being a nerd, I just wasn’t convinced as to why and how he even liked Charlie in the first place. And not to mention, it was all too coincidental for him to work at the same place as Charlie, and be neighbours with her as well. His character motivation just felt enforced and I wish something could be done about that.
Additionally, for a movie that is supposedly set in the 80s, I find that the only thing 80s about it is its wardrobe, cars, and soundtrack. I found that the movie could easily pass off as a movie set in present day, but perhaps it could be because of all the special effects and high tech transformers that led me to believe that the movie is futuristic.
I believe this isn’t a must-see movie in theatres, but it would definitely be worthwhile to check it out once it is released on streaming services or DVD.