Bumblebee

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Bumblebee is a 2018 spin-off to the Transformers series and is the seventh movie in the Transformers franchise in general. It serves as a prequel to the 2007 Transformers Film.

Why It Rocks

  1. Provides a great origin story for Bumblebee, showing how he came to Earth, how he lost his ability to speak, and eventually regained it.
  2. The flashbacks to the war on Cybertron are intense, and very visually well-done.
  3. Lots of neat homages to movies, TV shows and music from the 1980s.
  4. Having only three Transformers (Bumblebee plus two Decepticons; Shatter and Dropkick) for most of the storyline allows for the three that we see to be given much more personality and character development than the Transformers typically got in the live-action movies.
  5. Charlie is a very likeable and endearing lead character, and her friendship with Memo is pretty cute, showing that it is possible to have a Transformers film focus on the human characters and actually work.
  6. Agent Burns (John Cena) initially starts out looking like your typical military jock, but eventually shows himself to be a reasonable man who eventually helps defeat the Decepticons.
  7. Some great bits of humor, particularly when Charlie, Memo and Bumblebee play a prank on a girl who's been bullying Charlie.
  8. The action sequences, while a little more understated than the earlier Transformers films, are still visually stunning for the most part.

Bad Qualities

  1. It's never explained how or why one of the Decepticons managed to beat Bumblebee to Earth, or why the other Decepticons are initially oblivious to the fact that one of their number was ever on the planet.
  2. The visual effects, while generally pretty awesome, are noticeably cheaper in places compared to those of the five Michael Bay-directed films.
  3. Charlie's mother is a pretty annoying character, almost to the same extent as Mrs. Witwicky from the first three Transformers films.
  4. For some reason they incorporated a rather disgusting effect for when the Decepticons vaporize humans into water, as opposed to the effect used in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which just reduced the humans to dust.