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 Bumblebee 

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 Bumblebee 
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Bumblebee is a 2018 American science fiction action film centered around the Transformers character of the same name. It is the sixth installment of the live-action Transformers film series and a prequel to 2007's Transformers. Directed by Travis Knight and written by Christina Hodson, and starring Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Ortiz, Jason Drucker, and Pamela Adlon, with Dylan O'Brien as the voice of Bumblebee. It is the first live-action Transformers film not to be directed by Michael Bay, though he still acts as a producer. Principal photography on the film began on July 31, 2017, in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California.


Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:33 am
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This was... fine. Totally forgettable but Hailee Steinfeld was very good and the movie has heart. At least they kept the length below 2 hours thank god


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It is all right. It greatly benefits from the comparison to the ten-and-a-half hours of bloated, ugly Michael Bay sequels, which last left us with the assertion William Shakespeare, Albert Einstein, and, uh, Merlin were members of an ancient secret society devoted to hiding the presence of Transformers on earth. Just by being a modestly pleasant E.T. pastiche with no apocalyptic stakes or hyper-coarse humor, Bumblebee registers as a welcome balm.

Hailee Steinfeld is a charismatic lead and shares a convincing, warm chemistry with her computer-generated co-star. In his live-action directorial debut, Travis Knight (a key member of the the brilliant stop-motion-animation firm LAIKA) falls short in one key area: he has not figured out how to turn two enormous, metallic aliens smashing each other to bits into an involving action sequence. Though not as big and noisy and interminable as Bay's Transformers fights at their nadir, Knight's film is still at its most tedious when the robots start wrangling; it is hard to absorb so many moving parts, so landed blows and building-obliterating throws feel inconsequential and repetitive. Knight handles the more intimate and/or comic scenes with much more aplomb.

I will say this for Bay's films: I am a bit sad this film, as far as I can tell, has already removed the idea of Bumblebee helping the Allies during World War II from the continuity. Though oddly shoehorned into The Last Knight as an apparently-now-aborted prequel tease, it was a compelling concept and more ambitious than just changing the setting to a Stranger Things-style '80s milieu.

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This was quite charming, largely due in part to Hailee Steinfeld's wonderful performance and the film's humor and heart. This is another knockout turn for Steinfeld in the vein of her revelatory performance in Edge of Seventeen - so glad she's found a bit of direction in her career after languishing for many years after her Oscar nom. I will say though that the action sequences were forgettable and dull as they always are in these films. But it's leagues better than any other film in the franchise.


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Bland shit, I was expecting more.
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I will say though that the action sequences were forgettable and dull as they always are in these films. But it's leagues better than any other film in the franchise.


Yeah those were the only thing that brought the movie down for me. Everything else was pretty terrific. Loved the soundtrack.

8/10 (A-)

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A delightful installment in the Transformers universe, but basically Man of Steel with robots. The action, particularly on Cyberton, is TERRIFIC. Each fight and action sequence is adeptly choreographed and filmed, raising the whole enterprise above its predecessor's often messy and cluttered array of metal fighting visual chaos. Loved the 80s vibe too, which totally worked on me for the first half of the film at least. I got a bit tired of it towards the end where it became one synth and/or power ballad too many, but on the whole I am pleased with delving into the 1980s for two hours. John Cena was totally surplus to requirements, as was the overall faux-heart and the soppiness with Memo and her parents. But Steinfeld was a pleasant surprise.

This is not as involving as I thought it would be. No where near the level of Dark of the Moon and Age of Extinction, but it's better than the first two and obviously that last debacle.


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I loved how much 80's music there was. I was hooked when they started with one of my favorite Smith's songs (Bigmouth Strikes Again).

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Bumblebee is a welcome Transformers entry. The 80's throwback, although not totally authentic, is fun and the film has a lot of heart with Steinfeld in the lead. She's great, and I liked those who played her family also. Cena is fine too, just doesn't get much to do. Only the guy who had a crush on Steinfeld was pretty much a disaster, I felt he had no charisma, even he's the self-called nerd it was off. The Transformers action is decent too, some nice sequences, transformations and well filmed, more easy on the eyes than in the recent Transformer films. The plot of two Decepticons hunting for Bumblebee and being aided by the military also isn't too interesting really, but Steinfeld's arc with some nice hit songs along the way is and I was more pleased with this than not eventually.

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This was great. Maybe a little too corny sometimes, and I wish Cena was playing a funnier character, but it never lost its spirit. The effects are phenominal, the transformations are so smooth and the well-lit action is always exciting. And the music choices were always spot on. The franchise has been saved by going back to the 80s. And having a story that can fit into a 2 hour movie without endless waves of exposition.

And I admit I got a little choked up during the big dive. Nice payoff!


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A+

Best Transformers movie ever! Please make more of this style. PLEASE!!!

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I really enjoyed this. It's not perfect, but it's fun, got heart, and the action is very well done. THIS is what a Transformers movie should be.

8/10


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It’s sort of hilarious by far the best Transformers flick since the first is the first one to tank. John Cena’s overacting is just about its only flaw, and even that wasn’t that bad. But it’s still far from original - the best thing going for it is its distance from Michael Bay. That’s not exactly worth recommending on its own, but, if you still have any good memory left of the show, and you thought something like Real Steel was at least watchable, it’s worth checking out.

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Well... for a moment my eyes started to cry remembering my childhood and the similitud with the original cartoons... (some mistakes but it was crazy good) until they screwed it up...

I will just say... "I was 69,69% entertained by what I saw"

C+ for disappointed me


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Yeah unfortunately I wasn't big on this either. Hailee Steinfield gives a good performance and her scenes with Bumblebee were kind of cute and sweet at times. I also loved the brief battle sequences on Cybertron, but the rest of this movie was honestly pretty lame IMO from the awful, corny attempts at humor to the weak sauce action. I hated the scenes with the annoying family, especially the dad and the brother, and John Cena was just overacting his ass off the whole time, and none of his one liners were landing. I never bought that his character was some kind of badass let alone a threatening villain, although I got maybe two good chuckles out of him that was about it. I really didn't care for the guy who played the nerdy love interest either.

I'll at least give Travis Knight credit for making a film that for the most part is pretty well made, and has some really well directed action sequences, but I'd rather watch any of the first three Transformers again than re-watch this even 2 and 3 which I wasn't big fans of, but still found more entertaining than this.

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I think this is easily the best Transformer film. It lacks the grandiose moneyshots of Bay films, which is probably the reason it "only" made close to 500 million worldwide. But it is better on every other way. The action scenes actually have choreography, strategy and story in them. The script makes sense, and is quite affecting at times. The two main characters and their relationship is great.

And I think Hailee is a superstar in this. I only remember her as the little girl in True Grit. I know she has done some prolific films and has established an impressive musical career (Her viewings on Youtube and Spotify are pretty impressive).

But holy shit she is good. She's hot and beautiful in a way that somehow manages to combine exotic looks (Probably coming from her Filipino roots) with neighbor girl relatibility, bad girl glamour and good girl vulnerability. Her acting is brilliant and authentic, with absolutely no false notes anywhere, even when she's acting with CGI objects. And she's just instantly lovable. She carries the film effortlessly on her shoulders, and in all honesty, it would be clearly a lesser movie without her.

It's really rare to see someone so obviously ready for superstardom. She's going to places. I'm a huge fan now.


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I thought this was great. And my 2 year old loved it.

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Breezy and had some cute moments (the deleted "appliance war" scene was great). The story was trite though.

68/100


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What the hell has happened to Rotten Tomatoes. 93%? It's probably the best since the original but come on. It's a fun film from start to finish, but that's it.

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