Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, (voice of) Dylan O’Brien, Megyn Price, Kenneth Choi, John Ortiz, (voice of) Peter Cullen, (voice of) Justin Theroux.
Director: Travis Knight
Release date: 24th December 2018
The war on the planet Cybertron between the Autobots and the Decepticons has reached its peak and as a result, Autobot leader, Optimus Prime sends one of his top soldiers, B127 away to Earth. Cybertron falls… It’s 1987 and a spaceship crash lands on Earth. It is spotted by a military unit and they go to investigate. There is a fight and B127’s voice-box is irreparably damaged in the battle. Meanwhile a teenage girl named Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) who lives with her family in Brighton Falls, near San Francisco, finds an abandoned old Beetle car in the local junk yard and soon has her heart set on it. After a bit of tinkering, she gets the car running and takes it home to her family garage to try and fix it up. She begins work on it but suddenly she is shocked when the car begins to move and changes into a huge human-like figure. Not really knowing what she has, she decides to name the creature, Bumblebee and tries to communicate with him. Unfortunately there are others looking for Bumblebee/ B127 and they will stop at nothing until he is destroyed.
Bumblebee’ is the sixth Transformers movie to be released, with the first one released back in 2007. Up until now they have all been directed by Michael Bay, but this new one has Travis Knight at the reins. You might recognise the director’s name from the fantastic animation movie, ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’, which was released in 2016 and won the BAFTA for Best Animated Film.
There’sa few less explosions for fans of Michael Bay’s movies but don’t let that put you off. ‘Bumblebee’ is a spectacular piece of film making and fans of the Transformers franchise can rest easy knowing that they won’t be disappointed. The Transformers themselves seem much more fluid in their transformations and this really does add a visual bonus for the viewer. The game has been upped on this movie and even the battle scenes on Cybertron seem scarily realistic. The soundtrack is fantastic and really adds to the action.
A great family movie or one you could go and see with your mates, hopefully this will be the start of a whole new era for the Transformers franchise. Go and see it on a big screen and prepare to be hugely entertained.