Director : Travis Knight
Producer(s) : Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Tom DeSanto, Don Murphy, Michael Bay and Mark Vahradian
Starring : Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Ortiz, Jason Drucker and Pamela Adlon
Genre : Fantasy/Sci-fi
Release Date : December 21, 2018 (Nigeria)
Awesome-O-Metre : 5.9/10
Revue of BUMBLEBEE
On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee the Autobot seeks refuge in a junkyard in a small California beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the brink of turning 18 years old and trying to find her place in the world, soon discovers the battle-scarred and broken Bumblebee. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns that this is no ordinary yellow Volkswagen.
We clamored for a Bumblebee solo movie and we have been obliged and well…we shouldn’t have asked for it! I don’t know what I was expecting in a Bumblebee movie but this just wasn’t it. I guess I was expecting the usual massacre and violence that saturates the Transformers franchise but let’s be honest, that’s not Bumblebee’s character as he is the softie of the gang, so a violence saturated film like the others won’t work.
The feeling I got from seeing Bumblebee was similar to the way I felt when I saw Pacific Rim: Uprising because just like Pacific Rim: Uprising, Bumblebee was watered down and made to feel like a kids film. Infact after a while, it felt like a King Kong movie with a little lady controlling a giant robot who trusted no one but her.
It may seem like I am giving Bumblebee a lot of stick but it did however have some exciting scenes especially with some nice action sequences. Also, the choice of 80’s music gave the film an upbeat film. The few action sequences and the music is all that worked for me, even the Decepticon as voiced by (Angela Bassett and Jon Bailey) didn’t do much to help this film. Honorary mention goes to John Cena’s weak acting – it was quite frankly, a laughable performance.
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