Bumblebee: Review

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You probably haven’t missed the fact that blockbusters with female protagonists are popping up in Hollywood right now. Star Wars got Rey, Pirates of the Caribbean got Carina, Wonder Woman rules DC… and after the return of Tomb Raider and a bunch of animated Disney movies, Captain Marvel, the new Charlie’s Angels, the obviously female Terminator six or a solo for Harley Quinn are coming. The girls just go. And the Transformers didn’t want to be left behind. We will explore the Bumblebee Action Movie here.

Perhaps the most boyish big saga (there are only fighting robots and that’s it!) started with Megan Fox and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, whose film role was quite straightforward. But with a new era comes a new approach, which was more or less necessary after two cuts with Mark Wahlberg. Yes, the main series went down. And the inevitable reboot is preceded by a smaller prequel with Bumblebee, which interprets the term “transformer movie” quite differently than we are used to.


Does this mean there is a lack of epic action scenes? Well, instead of the usual ten, you get about three, because director Travis Knight (Kubo and the Magic Sword) doesn’t mind cutting ones and zeros that much. It’s not that he couldn’t shoot it – on the contrary, Bay was just recycling in the last films, where he mainly worked on the choreography of metal clashes and it can be seen. However, Knight focuses mainly on his heroine, newly eighteen-year-old Charlie with a face like Hailee Steinfeld, which looks like someone cut it out of a John Hughes film.

What exactly does that mean? That we have a likable outsider with a bunch of ordinary problems who accidentally gets involved in a Spielbergian adventure of saving the world. This concept sounds silly on paper and, on the face of it, alas. But Knight approaches it as a classic teenage science fiction, in which Holt found a big robot instead of ETho, and it’s not exactly a good idea to show up with him somewhere.

Play the trailerThe epic CGI carvings are therefore on the back burner, and you can basically say that the film would work without them, which is a plus. Hailee Steinfeld, who pulls everything off here, you believe in all the acting positions and experience one “classic teenage situation” after another with her. Does it have a matching retro soundtrack that occasionally reminds you that you’re in the eighties? Write that down. Transformers really moved into a different genre and it benefited them.

Forget the giant Victoria’s Secret billboards. Forget about collapsing skyscrapers. And forget about the often inert acting and skeletal robot debates that we’ve heard enough of. Bumblebee is a nice family action movie that you can take your son and daughter to see without fear of having to buy twenty plastic robots after the cinema. Knight understood that the eighties were not only about aggression and destruction, but also about fun and playful adventures, and now (for the first time since the first Transformers) we finally got one. Hopefully Paramount will learn from this in the future!

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