500 Days Of Film Reviews Bumblebee Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Jorge Lendeborg Jr. And John Cena

It is 1987 and Bumblebee, an Autobot transformer on the run from the evil Decepticons, finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), newly turned 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee and the pair soon form a powerful and much needed friendship.

Is It Any Good?

I am not alone in my dislike of the films in the Transformers movie franchise. I have little invested in this world and I have minimal interest* in two machines bashing each other to bits…


Or so I thought. 


With the Autobot versus Decepticon smashy set up out of the way, Travis Knight’s Bumblebee movie literally transforms into a charming film full of fun, friendship and 80s nostalgia (check out awesome that soundtrack!).



Knight (and my love for his previous film - the superb Kubo And The Two Strings) was the only reason I took a chance on Bumblebee. He did not disappoint - sensibly focusing on the growing relationship between Charlie (a brilliant performance from Hailee Steinfeld) and Bee.


This is very much a Spielbergian friendship in a Spielbergian world. Charlie is grieving her father, Bumblebee is stranded far from home. They are united against a misguided government official (a great comedic portrayal by John Cena). 


Yep, there are ET references galore here along with a host of rather lovely 80s nods and winks (and t-shirts). As a result, Bumblebee is as much fun for the adults as it is for the children. This is the Transformers movie we have been waiting for... and should have had all along.


Random Observations

*Aside from Real Steel, of course.


This is a rather top end PG… there is a lot of machine on machine violence, moderate amounts of swearing and peril.


Have you seen Bumblebee?


If you have, what did you think of this film? Let me know in the comments section below or via Twitter. You can find me @500DaysOfFilm.

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Comments: 3
  • #1

    Allie @ Often Off Topic (Wednesday, 02 January 2019 20:21)

    I couldn't agree with you more! I enjoyed the 2007 Transformers movie but never bothered with the rest. Bumblebee was like a breath of fresh air. And damn, that soundtrack :)

  • #2

    Jane (Thursday, 03 January 2019 21:52)

    Hi Allie,
    So glad that you enjoyed Bumblebee too... I had so much fun with this film. Might have to purchase that soundtrack too... it did make me smile!

  • #3

    Steve Wyllie (Sunday, 06 January 2019 14:19)

    I loved Bumblee the movie it was so 80’s..
    The greatest part for me though was Bumblebee’s radio playing “you got the touch, you got the power” this made the film for me...for those not understanding the reference that was a line from the 1986 Transformers the movie one of the best soundtracks of the 80’s
    Also why did Bay not just do the characters recognisable to the G1 series in the first place?
    The opening scene of this film is what now has laid a good foundation to build a better Transformer franchise on.This was a great prequel to the Bay franchise and we need more Transformer films like this one