Bumblebee Is More Than Meets The Eye

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This film has the advantage of having a brilliant script! Set in 1987 we see Charlie Watson, a young lady on the edge of 18, struggling with acceptance, the death of her father, and just being in a world of people who seem to want to attack and make her life miserable. Throw into the middle of this an intergalactic war that has found its way to Earth!

Bumblebee is put in charge of finding a safe place for the Autobots to set up a new command. Optimus prime sends him to Earth what seems to be one of the only viable locations for them. Now, of course, this wouldn’t be transformers movie if there weren’t antagonists to push the story along.

Hailee Steinfeld as Charlie and Bumblebee in BUMBLEBEE, from Paramount Pictures.

Charlie is is a blend of tomboy and young lady transitioning into a woman. The tick in her growth is, of course, the war that is going on.

The beginning of the film jumps into things rather quickly yes, but the best part is that once the introduction has happened the story moves along at a good pace. On a side note, I must say that John Cena as definitely taking some acting classes as he was pretty good in this film!

Left to right: Hailee Steinfeld as Charlie and Bumblebee in BUMBLEBEE, from Paramount Pictures.

There are two Decepticons who find their way to Earth and quickly are able to find bumblebee which does move the film directly into the action phase of the film. The difference is that the focus is more about Charlie’s growth that is about the war of Cybertron. Charlie becomes very attached to bumblebee who becomes the quiet friend that she needs in order to get through her issues.

Don’t get me wrong, this film has crazy amounts of action, and it is all very well done. You have your car chases, explosions, shootouts, the whole nine yards. the thing is though is that the film was not driven by the action as much as the storyline which does make this very refreshing when looking at it through the same eyes as you would the first several films.

Left to right: Hailee Steinfeld as Charlie and Bumblebee in BUMBLEBEE, from Paramount Pictures.
This film more closely rivals the first and third films in my opinion because of the strength of the story. the thing that made this especially interesting is the focus not so much on the robots fighting, but rather focusing on the human beings and their interactions, specifically again Charlie and then the friend that she meets during the course of the film named Memo. I think the film is definitely worth an afternoon, and I can say that I greatly enjoyed it! I do feel that it has something for everyone.