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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.
Action Adventure Sci-Fi - This is a 1980s-set prequel to the live action toy- and
animated-series based Transformers science
fiction/action-adventure film series, centering on the title robot.
Other familiar Transformers characters make brief appearances. The
tone is more distinctly young-skewing and family-aimed, with young
Hailee Steinfeld being the lead; John Cena only has a supporting
role. Despite the more kid-friendly tone,there is some language and
some action scenes that may be too intense for very young kids.
Hailee Steinfeld SPIDERMAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, PITCH PERFECT 3 Justin Theroux THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME, WANDERLUST, YOUR HIGHNESS Dylan O'Brien MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE, AMERICAN ASSASSIN Angela Bassett CHI-RAQ, WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD, BLACK NATIVITY Director: Travis Knight KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average There's not only nothing new here, there's nothing convincing either. And if I'm supposed to judge "Bumblebee" based on how well it succeeds at what it tries to do (rather than what came before it), it's still not very good.
NY PostFull Review Good There are real emotional stakes, an appealing 1980s look and some genuinely funny jokes. Bumblebee is more than the usual collection of idiosyncracies, a stereotypical voice and some one-liners — he has a soul. No other film in this franchise has gotten us to care about these clownish buckets of bolts before, but our hearts go out to this one.
Slant MagazineFull Review Average ...Bumblebee finds space for real human emotion in a world dominated by sentient corporate logos, and while this rediscovery of the human in the machine makes the film easier to watch than its precursors, one may wonder if that actually makes it better.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 54 moviegoers:
CHILDREN: All the kids LOVED "BUMBLEBEE."
TEENS: Three of the four males and females loved this movie. The fourth one, in both groups, felt it was a "good/average" movie.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Two males loved it and two enjoyed it very much. As for the two ladies, one loved it and one enjoyed it very much.
ADULTS: The adults really enjoyed "Bumblebee." Nearly everyone either loved it or enjoyed it very much. Only one of the 12 males rated it as low as "good/average."