I was a huge fan of the first transformers movie. I’ll admit, I like Shia LaBeouf in general, so I was bias. I loved him as a child actor on Nickelodeon. The franchise started going downhill once he left the movies. But this latest installment, Bumblebee, brought the series to a new low.
The movie started with an opening scene that didn’t contain a single bit of original dialogue. Everyone had a stereotype to fulfill and was practically told, “don’t be original.” It all felt very rehearsed. I tried to tell myself, it was because the writers were trying to stay true to the cartoon. That would explain why the robots were speaking English and looked like cars from Earth, even though they had yet to visit Earth, I mean, the robots even had faces and mouths. Why? They are robots. That should have all came later when they were attempting to relate to humans and make us more comfortable with them.
And then, the age old question. Why would humans, ANY HUMAN, trust a creature that proclaims itself to be a Decepticon. Plus, they kept speaking to each other in English, having private conversations IN FRONT OF HUMANS and saying things like, “can I kill them?” But then the humans were like, it’s cool, we’ll trust them. Why would the robots not speak in a different language? Or speak via electronic radio waves or something?
Again, all of that I could forgive, because the movie is trying to be like the cartoon. But then, the plot… it felt like the writers were trying to recreate the first transformers movie. Bumblebee is found by a young teen… the parents are kept out of the loop, it was like watching the same movie with a gender twist.
And the acting was horrible, by everyone.
So overall, I’d say skip the movie. Even the action scenes weren’t good enough to warrant seeing the movie for them. Kids might enjoy it, and those who want some nostalgia, since that’s really all the writers were aiming for.