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Bumblebee (2018)

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On the run in the year of 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.

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Travis Knight

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Christina Hodson (screenplay by), Christina Hodson (story by)
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Bumblebee director and stars joined Kevin Smith aboard the IMDboat at Comic-Con, where John Cena was coy about the idea of a Hasbro Shared Universe and expressed his love of jorts.

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Credited cast:
Hailee Steinfeld ... Charlie Watson
Dylan O'Brien ... Bumblebee (voice)
Megyn Price ... Amber
John Cena ... Agent Burns
Justin Theroux ... Dropkick (voice)
Angela Bassett ... Shatter (voice)
Pamela Adlon
Grey Griffin ... Arcee (voice)
Peter Cullen ... Optimus Prime (voice)
Marcella Bragio
Kenneth Choi
Gracie Dzienny
John Ortiz ... Agent Powell
Jorge Lendeborg Jr. ... Memo
Steve Blum ... Wheeljack (voice)
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On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug. Written by Paramount Pictures

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Every Hero Has a Beginning See more »


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Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brighton Falls See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$128,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Surround 7.1 | IMAX 6-Track | DTS (DTS: X)| Dolby Atmos | Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)| 12-Track Digital Sound (IMAX 12 track)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Charlie is getting dared to jump off of the cliff, Bumblebee briefly plays "The Touch" by Stan Bush on his radio. "The Touch" was the main theme song for "The Transformers: The Movie (1986)" and subsequently used in the television series. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the movie, Shatter enables a hologram of the International Space Starion. from her wrist. This movie is based somewhere in the mid to late 80's and the ISS did not exist at that time. See more »

Quotes

Memo: [gleefully] You kissed me!
Charlie Watson: On the *cheek*.
Memo: Still counts.
[pause]
Memo: Still counts.
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Alternate Versions

The Australian release was censored; after the film initially received an M rating from the classification board the distributor (Paramount) decided to re-edit the film in order to obtain a more lucrative PG rating. Following some changes made to the film a modified version of the film was submitted to the board, however this modified version was still seen as being to strong originally and received the original M rating given to the film, however following an appeal from Paramount the film was lowered to PG on December 11th with the consumer advice now stating that the film contains "Mild science fiction violence and mild themes. Some scenes may scare young children". Both versions were approved for theatrical release. See more »

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An Overrated Generic Film
13 December 2018 | by Yee_ReviewsSee all my reviews

Good: The relationship between Hailee Steinfeld & Bumblee has its charm and the scenes showing Bumblebee adjusting to the environment are great. Some action scenes are entertaining. Some nostalgia references. The pacing is fine and workable. Hailee Steinfeld is the only actress to do a decent job...

Bad: John Cena does not add anything special to the movie and is too dramatic, only used for his huge figure and loud shouting. I prefer Mark Wahlberg over John Cena. The love interest and family dynamic feel forced and is not handled well with a lack of chemistry. The dialogue is basic and most of the jokes are what you would expect from a Transformers movie. The villains are generic.

Overall: The whole film is generic and basic with its plotline and characters. Hailee Steinfeld was the best part of the movie, but she did do a better job in "The Edge of Seventeen." Although it is not as action packed as the previous Transformer films, the movie lacks an interesting storyline to carry the movie. Travis Knight did a decent job with what he was given. Just look at the writer, Christina Hodson's, history, nothing imaginative or creative. The reasons for its rave reviews are because of its fresh take on the Transformer's franchise and nostalgic references, but the high score is not justifiable as "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" is a much better movie and "Stranger Things" has enough 80s references.

2.7/5


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