3rd January 2019
are tough. Especially when you know the hero of the film is going to
I’ll be honest - I was apprehensive about going to see Bumblebee. I grew up
with Transformers, collected all the toys, had all the animated movies., but
Michael Bay’s proclivity for pyrotechnics and style over substance approach
left much to be desired and had me ducking out of the series after Dark of the
With Travis Knight stepping up to direct a Bumblebee film, I was
Bumblebee is part buddy movie and part action flick, it delivers the back story
without extensive exposition, and it gives the stories some much needed
Bumblebee is rightly the star, and he finally feels like an actual character
that we care about rather than a mass of CGI gallivanting around the screen
bashing into more CGI. In fact, the reduction in Transformers is a big bonus,
even as an old Transformers fan - it is much easier to understand what is going
on in the fight scenes.
Hailee Steinfeld is
the best human lead I’ve seen in the Transformers films so far. Sure there are
moments where her backstory wears a bit thin, and sure her interactions with,
well, any other humans seem weird and awkward, but apparently she’s very good
at acting with CGI characters.
All in all the film was nostalgic, fun, and most importantly - entertaining.
And as long as Travis Knight is on board, I might even come back for another