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Bumblebee proves it's possible to bring fun and a sense of wonder back to a bloated blockbuster franchise -- and sets up its own slate of sequels in the bargain.



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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.

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as Agent Burns
John Ortiz
as Agent Powell
Peter Cullen
as Optimus Prime
Steve Blum
as Wheeljack
Len Cariou
as Uncle Hank
Vanessa Ross
as The Mean Girl
Glynn E. Turman
as General Whalen
Kirk Baily
as Brawn/Decepticon Soldier
Jon Bailey
as Shockwave/Soundwave
Kevin Kent
as Sector 7 Machinegunner
Christian Hutcherson
as Howie (Sector 7 Tech)
Chloe Boudames
as Mean Girl
David Sobolov
as Blitzwing
Michelle Fang
as Mean Girl/Party Goer
Anna MacDonald
as Mean Girl
Antoine Holmes, Sr.
as Sector 7 Army Soldier
Dave Reaves
as Humvee Machine Gunner
Krystin Goodwin
as News Reporter
Sachin Bhatt
as Pilot Hutton
Spencer Holmes
as Sector 7 Army Soldier
Boston Rush Freeman
as Otis' Dojo Friend
Lars Anthony Slind
as Humvee Driver
Gregory Schwabe
as Sector 7 Tank .50 Cal Gunner
Paul Black
as Agent Scott
Alivia Levie
as Sector 7 Agent
Matthew Dunn
as S-7 Agent Marks
Isabelle Ellingson
as Mean Girlfriend #1
Andrea Lea Martzipan
as Boardwalk Patron
Paul Kennedy, Jr.
as Lance Corporal Martin
Sierra Anne Murphy
as Boardwalk Teenager
Antonio Rosales
as Sector 7 Agent
Deena Trudy
as Sector 7 Agent
Brandon Wardle
as Party Goer #3
Courtney Coker
as Young Agent #1
Andrew Spach
as Drunk Guy
Antonio D. Charity
as Bill the Mechanic
Stephanie Holden
as Teen Partygoer
Tim Martin Gleason
as Charlie's Dad
Chance Falcon
as YoYo Kid
Robert Chestnut
as News Cameraman
Jesse Stoudt
as Boardwalk Pedestrian
John Lobato
as Party-Goer
Nick Pilla
as Young Agent
Jeff Redlick
as Neighbor
Logan Hunt
as Young Agent #2
Walker Brinskele
as Party Goer
Nico Abiera
as Boardwalk Patron
Barry Alan Williams
as Boardwalk Patron
Apollo Garza
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Ryan Day
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as Karate Student
Agustin Reiter
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Audience Reviews for Bumblebee

The Transformers prequel does cash in on the current 1980s nostalgia, but at least it does so by delivering a highly enjoyable adventure. Going back to the formula "a boy and his first car", now with a girl, that worked great in the first film, was also a smart move. The film has its best moments when it is focusing on kids having an exciting adventure, like in the classics from that era. Each time we turn to the bad guys, we're in the usual Transformers territory. Still, thanks to great soundtrack, a likable young leading lady and good sense of humor (instead of embarrassing jokes like in the last three films), the enjoyment far outweighs the "been there, done that" moments.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Michael Bay should take notes from Travis Knight on how to make a Transformers movie that lets you see and understand what is happening before your eyes, and this is an exhilarating throwback to the '80s that looks and feels like something Steven Spielberg would have made in that decade.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A new direction for the toy action figures gone Hollywood: somebody figured out that even science fiction (like Frankenstein's monster) needs heart. And so, along with the action scenes of the big automatons duking it out, there's the story of an out-of-sorts teenager dealing with the death of her father. This is old school entertainment here, masterfully realized, with even the 80"s soundtrack designed to reel the audience into the plot. After the film was over, I thought that the next installment couldn't ask for a better introduction. A sci-fi offering not simply "for the kids".

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Why haven't they been making these kind of Transformers movies from the beginning? Bumblebee is a scaled-down, character-driven family film where the bigger moments re about fitting in, finding your sense of self, and keeping your new alien robot friend hidden from your parents. Set in the late 80s, Hailee Steinfeld (Edge of Seventeen) plays a high school senior dreaming of a life beyond her neighborhood and family. The ticket out is a new car, which just happens to be an Autobot from another planet disguised as a VW beetle. Because Bumblbee had his memory wiped from a fight years earlier, he's very childlike and endearing, and the interaction between the big robot and Steinfeld will rekindle more than a few memories for The Iron Giant, E.T., and other classic "boy and his dog" tales. There's a real attention to the characters, big and small, that makes this the best Transformers movie. Not everything has to be about the next world-destroying cataclysm. There's plenty of formidable drama in watching a teen girl navigate the world with an unconventional new friend. Director Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings) graduates to the world of live-action with a terrific feel for the visual parameters and material. It helps that Knight gives his film a sense of scale without sacrificing coherency. The camera prefers wider shots and longer takes so the audience can follow the action. The movie also has a sly sense of humor it knows when it call upon, like a highly enjoyable John Cena who is baffled at his government's open door policy to evil robot aliens: "They have Decepticon in their name. Is that not a red flag to anyone else?" This is a well-paced, sweetly heartfelt movie with good humor, good characters, and good action. If this is what happens when you strip Michael Bay from the franchise, then lock him up. Nate's Grade B+

Nate Zoebl
Nate Zoebl

Super Reviewer

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