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.
Autobots must escape sight from a bounty hunter who has taken control of the human serendipity: Unexpectedly, Optimus Prime and his remaining gang turn to a mechanic, his daughter, and her back street racing boyfriend for help.
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
Charlie starts playing the first track (of a vinyl record) on Sam Cooke's album Sam's Songs, which ought to have been "Little Things You Do" rather than "Unchained Melody". "Unchained Melody" (the song heard in the film) doesn't even appear on the album, being the last track on side A of Cooke's earlier release "Hits of the '50s." See more »
The darkest nights, produce the brightest stars.
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SPOILER: There is a mid-credits scene: Bumblebee reunites with Optimus Prime in a forest as more Autobots arrive and Charlie finishes fixing the Corvette. See more »
Although the original British submission was uncut and rated 12A, it was replaced by a cut PG version removing 6 seconds of violence/injury. See more »
Likeable characters, unproblematic humour, a reasonable run-time and no racial stereotypes or general leeriness mark 'Bumblebee (2018)' as an absolute miracle of a movie: a 'Transformers' film that's actually genuinely good. That's something I never thought would happen, especially considering that the franchise's latest attempt was my least favourite film of last year. How Knight managed to keep still-producer Bay at bay is beyond me but the original, innocently age-appropriate screenplay shines through like a diamond. It's brought to life with a fantastically deft hand which allows the flick's robotic battles to actually be exciting, as they should have been from the very beginning, mainly because they're consistently well-choreographed - not to mention legible - and feature actual characters, regardless of their metallic nature. We care about pretty much all of them thanks to some nicely done development, which actually dominates the screen-time. This is the most believable any of these movies have ever been, thanks to the incredibly impressive special-effects combined with the great performances and writing. For the first time, the focus isn't just on metal-on-metal combat and the film is all the better for it. It's a highly enjoyable breath of fresh air and I'd recommended it to even those who have grown tired of seeing the 'Transformers' on the big-screen, especially since this seems like a soft reboot of sorts. I actually can't wait to see what they do next. Perhaps they'll stay this course or regress to what once was. Either way, I would be happy to see an entirely Cyberton-set picture, an 80s cartoon brought vividly to life; the snippets we see here are wonderfully accurate to the television series and have a unique aesthetic I'd love to see more of, if it's given the time and attention it deserves. 7/10
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