'Bumblebee' Review

Updated on March 25, 2019

Bumblebee is a 2018 science fiction action film centered on the Transformers character of the same name. It is the sixth installment of the live action Transformers film series and a prequel serving as a soft reboot to the franchise in tone. Directed by Travis Knight and written by Christina Hodson, the film stars Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr, John Ortiz, Jason Drucker, and Pamela Adlon, with Dylan O'Brien, Angela Bassett, Justin Theroux, and Peter Cullen in voice roles. It is the first live-action Transformers film not to be directed by Michael Bay (but remains as producer), and Knight's first live-action directorial debut.

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee the Autobot seeks refuge in a junkyard in a small California beach town. Charlie, on the brink of turning 18 years old and trying to find her place in the world, soon discovers the battle scarred and broken Bumblebee. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns that this is no ordinary yellow Volkswagen.


Bumblebee is actually a great Transformers film. I never thought I'd live to see the day. Bumblebee is without a doubt the best Transformers film to date. Don't get me wrong I really enjoyed the first one, but this is a genuinely great film.

This is almost everything I've wanted to see in a a transformers film since I watched the first one. The only thing missing was a little more action. I admittedly enjoyed (for the most part) Michael Bay's "Bayham" action. It was the only good thing about the last 4 films. The one thing they were missing was good characters and a good story. This film had both.

Bumblebee is a funny feel good film that manages to genuinely pull on the heartstrings. It's a contained, grounded, character driven film that makes for a good time.


The acting for the most part was great. Hailee Steinfeld was amazing in this film. She gives without a doubt one of the best performances of her career. She absolutely nailed this film. The film relied heavily on her performance and she delivers.

John Cena proves that he's a very capable actor, and I thought Jorge Lendeborg Jr did a solid job as the comic relief.

All in all I thought the acting was solid.


The story is the true jewel of this film. It does take heavily from Steven Spielberg's E.T, shares similarity's to the Iron Giant, and at times feels formulaic, but as a whole I just couldn't help but love it.

I'm a sucker for films like this and Bumblebee was no exception. It had some moments that really pull on the heartstrings, but it has the necessary depth and substance to make it very effective.

Hailee Seinfeld's character was relatable and very well thought out. She is the center of this film, and in my opinion the best part. They build up the relationship between Hailee's character and Bumblebee in a genuine and meaningful way.

Again there wasn't a ton of action, but the action we do get was solid. It was filmed in a coherent way and I knew what was going on, which is always good.

This could've been just another generic story, but they put so much time in the central character and the relationship that an otherwise formulaic story is pushed into the next level.


Bumblebee is a funny heartwarming film that manages to pull on the heartstrings, while also having some great action scenes. The 80's nostalgia was fun and I loved the score.

This has honestly restored some of my fate in the series, and for the first time in a long time I'm actually excited for a sequel.

Bumblebee is now my favorite Transformers film, and it truly was a great film.

4 stars for Bumblebee

© 2019 Royce Proctor


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