Excerpt: Bumblebee has its robots fight because it’s the right choice for the characters in that moment. It’s an exceedingly weird thing to see in a “Transformers” movie, (depth and growth, that is) but it is not unwelcome in the slightest.
Excerpt: With engines roaring, guns blazing and a tank full of comedic fun, Bumblebee runs circles around the entire Transformers franchise, making it the best of the series with plenty of heart, humor, and spectacle. Anchored by a simple story about a pair of loners rescuing each other while saving the world, director Travis Knight brings back that sense of astonishment and amazement in seeing giant robots blow up stuff real good.
Excerpt: Nostalgic without being mindlessly retro; a sweet, heartfelt girl-and-her-alien-robot-car action-adventure buddy dramedy that hits all the right notes. Hailee Steinfeld is terrific, and there’s not a whiff of Michael Bay to be found.
Excerpt: Travis Knight takes the story back to the ’80s, an era when the Transformers fan base first fell in love with the Autobots, and fashions a Spielberg-type coming-of-age tale about a girl and her car. The audience, who believes they know better after five sensory-numbing spectacles, inch cautiously toward a Transformers franchise which has jilted them before, but earns back some respect.
Excerpt: More than thirty years after the original “Transformers” animated program took Saturday morning cartoons by storm, “Bumblebee” gives us the first genuine evocation of that show’s bountiful spirit, a full eleven years since Michael Bay first bastardized the show into a series of non-stop action films.
Excerpt: Taking time away from action-based spectacle means we can get to know the characters, appreciate the bonds that form, and have fun seeing a sense of wonder fill the screen, as a young woman befriends a robot.
Excerpt: Undoubtedly energetic, infectiously witty, and resourcefully feisty…frenzied family fun entertainment with a notable message about belonging and feeling connected. The film’s pounce-and-pathos mantra is refreshingly poignant and invigorating
Excerpt: Plenty of loud and dumb still comes out of Bumblebee, but at least the pompous hubris and sophomoric fixations that fuel it are exchanged for those three missing elements of tone, character, and heart.