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Cybertron has fallen. When Optimus Prime sends Bumblebee to defend Earth, his journey to become a hero begins. Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld), a teenager trying to find her place in the world, discovers and repairs the battle-scarred robot, who’s disguised as a Volkswagen Beetle. As the Decepticons hunt down the surviving Autobots with the help of a secret agency led by Agent Burns (John Cena), Bumblebee and Charlie team up to protect the world in an action-packed adventure that’s fun for the whole family.
B-127, is a fierce warrior from the Autobot resistance. As the conflict on Cybertron escalates and all seems lost for the Autobots, B-127 is dispatched to Earth with a mission: protect the planet and its inhabitants from the Decepticons in the hope of establishing a refuge for his comrades.
On the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, Charlie loves tinkering with old cars and listening to music. When she finally gets her own car, it seems like her ticket to freedom, but she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow Volkswagen Beetle.
Agent Jack Burns is a high-ranking military officer in Sector 7, a top-secret government agency that deals with extraterrestrial technology and threats. He will stop at nothing to bring Bumblebee—or B-127 as he knows him—to justice for his perceived crimes.
Leader of the Autobots and sworn protector of humanity, Optimus Prime continues to fight the war on Cybertron as he sends B-127 on a mission to protect Earth from the deadly Decepticons.
A fearsome warrior, Shatter is a Decepticon whose mission is to hunt down all remaining Autobots. As a Triple-Changer, Shatter has the ability to transform into both a red 1972 Plymouth Satellite and a jet.
Dropkick has been teamed up with Shatter to track down Autobot B-127. Dropkick, another Triple-Changer, can transform into a blue 1974 AMC Javelin muscle car and a helicopter.
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- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 8.32 Ounces
- Item model number : BR59202084
- Director : Travis Knight
- Media Format : 4K, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 53 minutes
- Release date : April 2, 2019
- Actors : Hailee Steinfeld, Pamela Adlon, Gracie Dzienny, Abby Quinn, Ricardo Hoyos
- Subtitles: : Polish, English, Polish
- Language : Polish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Czech (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : PARAMOUNT
- ASIN : B07JVF7QW4
- Number of discs : 2
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But, yes, Virginia, this is the good one. I feel that BUMBLEBEE needs to be a box office win if we want more of this sort of quality storytelling in the Transformers franchise, if we want Michael Bay, that awful bogeyman, to keep on keeping his hands off. Thank goodness for new director, Travis Knight, who directed the fantastic animated KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS and who once played center for the L.A. Lakers. Okay, that was probably a different Travis Knight. But BUMBLEBEE is a triumph, and maybe that's not saying much, given that the bar's been set so low. But the difference between it and the other five movies is just simply, um, Bay and Knight. So sorry.
Bay always had a knack for producing visual spectacles. He sucked at storytelling. What Knight does so smartly is he reduces the scope of the narrative to a more intimate level. In BUMBLEBEE, the jeopardy is kept localized to a small Cali town. And want to know something screwy? Knight puts in the time to insert character work. How crazy is that? Hailee Steinfeld does in one movie what Shia LaBeouf was hard pressed to do in three movies, which is make his character engaging enough that viewers become invested. Hailee's character, Charlie, forms a connection with Bumblebee that is more genuine and emotional than any of the relationships built up by the characters in the preceding five installments, and this includes Sam Witwicky.
Hailee plays Charlie Watson who mucks around in the coastal town of Brighton Falls, somewhere near San Fran. It's the year 1987, and Charlie is one of those teens that other teens don't want to hang with. She's surly and odd and keeps to herself. Charlie misses her dad so much. She resents her mom for having moved on with a new beau in her life.
She's having a very rough 18th birthday. She wants a car so bad; she's that desperate to be more independent. She hangs out at this junkyard where her car mechanic skills are appreciated. She's pretty good. She's got a good enough in with the crusty proprietor that, for her birthday, he lets her have that busted-up yellow bug she found rusting away under some tarp. This is how Charlie met Bumblebee.
Is this movie perfect? No, son, it's got flaws. Some cringe-worthy melodrama. A dispensable love interest. Logical disconnects provided by government figures whose decisions don't make sense and are there merely to advance the plot. A John Cena whose one-note acting had me believing he thinks he's still in a Michael Bay movie. John Cena plays a military heavy who, to give him his propers, does end up with the movie's best line.
If you're a fan of the original cartoon, you'd best be geeking out at how this movie keeps faith with the cartoon's visual aesthetic and sound. BUMBLEBEE returns to the characters' classic look. I love it that Bee goes around in his original Volkswagen Beetle form. I like how clean the Autobots and Decepticons look, their skirmishes no longer a confusion of indistinguishable robot body parts. This also renders the action beats easier to track.
So, the action's terrific, no worries. The conflict is generated by Bumblebee's being a fugitive on Earth, charged by Optimus with safeguarding our blue marble until the rest of the Autobots arrive. Not that I gave a what about that. I was more caught up in Charlie and Bee's interplay. A few negligible side stories about other characters are tossed in, but, mostly, there's incredible focus on our two main characters. Yep, no one's trying to be subtle with the IRON GIANT/E.T. parallels, but no one's salty about that because Charlie and Bee's story is executed so well, and we instantly care about their friendship and their safety. The dynamics between them just pop. And if I can add one more parallel, there's an element of John Hughes here, as well. Charlie could pass for a prototypical Hughes teenager, misunderstood and awkward and lonely and desperately seeking to connect. Hailee inhabits this role so naturally.
4.5 out of 5 stars for this one. It goes all in, in capturing the 1980s zeitgeist. It drops so many period-appropriate pop culture references. Prepare for an awesome bombardment of the 1980s soundtrack. Folks wonder if BUMBLETEE ties into the continuity of the first five movies, and, sadly, it's lookin' like yes. But it's still not too late to go the route of the latest HALLOWEEN movie. It's a potent sequel that asks you to ignore all the other HALLOWEEN sequels and to keep only the original as canon. Maybe we can do that here. There has to be a world where Michael Bay never laid hands on this franchise.
Bumblebee's biggest strength is that it bothers to build a story that makes sense (a rarity on this franchise!), it delivers heart-warming moments and makes you care for the characters. I didn't believe that a film of the Transformers franchise would have me "aww-ing" or rooting for a car-robot thingy.
As soon as all that is established, the good Transformers action starts, so if you're a long-time fan you won't be disappointed. I consider myself a casual viewer and I was stunned by how well the 80's were represented but how everything at the same time feels fresh and new. I also appreciated how well the use of CGI was properly done and not OVERUSED as it was in the past, and Hailee Steinfeld proves that she has the ability to portray a cookie-cutter character that is not as stereotypical as it might seem at the beginning.
"Bumblebee" definitely makes me have hope on this franchise and who knows? Maybe I'll check out the next one for how good this movie was!
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Set in the 1980's, it tells the origin of Transformer Bumblebee. How, on a mission to Earth at the behest of Optimus Prime, he's left wounded and unable to speak. And has to find his place in this strange world.
Meantime teenager Charlie [Hailee Steinfeld] is a little adrift in life as well, struggling to find her way again after personal tragedy. When she and Bumblebee meet, both might be exactly what the other needs. But the Deceptions are on the way...
In addition to the flawless 80's setting - and all the robots look like their designs from that time, which should please fandome - it's like an 80's family adventure movie as well. Appealing leads, robots, government men on the case, and a fair bit of action and things exploding. It succeeds at this really well, without feeling like a throwback. Which is to say it's a period set movie that feels like something made in the present day.
Hailee Steinfeld is superb, and carries the film all by herself really well. She makes Charlie a superbly likeable and sympathetic character. Wrestler turned actor John Cena does well in his government guy role, making him a three dimensional character with some depth rather than just a heavy. And it's all a very good watch.
Just not quite five stars because there are times when the Transformer story feels a bit incidental, and if it's playing second fiddle to Charlies. But all in all, a nice little film, and the change of direction this franchise has needed in a while. Hopefully it can move on well from there.
There's absolutely nothing after the end credits.
The disc has the following language and subtitle options;
Languages: English, English audio captioned.
It goes into the menu when loaded with no ads or trailers.
Four featurettes, under the heading 'Bringing Bumblebee to the big screen.'
The story of Bumblebee. A four min overview of the film. It's ok.
The stars align. Seven mins about the cast and characters. It's good.
Bumblebee goes back to G1. Eight mins about the look of the character. Interesting viewing.
Back to the Beetle. Five mins about the look of Bumblebee. Also quite a good watch.
however, they are intercepted by a Decepticon force.
Optimus instructs scout B-127 to set up a base on the distant planet called Earth to allow at some point the Autobots to regroup....he escapes in a pod.
B-127 crashes on Earth in California attracting attention from Coronel Jack Burns (John Cena) and his team who automatically see the intruder as hostile, however, the earthlings are the least of the Autobot scouts worries, it seems he's been followed by a Decepticon.... battle between the two follows, B-127 is victorious but suffers crippling injuries leaving him unable to speak and with a damaged memory-core.
Seeing a yellow beetle-car the scout before being unable to do so, scans it and becomes it.
It's now 1987, young Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) who is resentful of her mother for moving on so quickly after her dad's death whilst celebrating her 18th birthday notices the clapped-out beetle in her friends scrap-yard and wants it, the owner Hank gives his young friend it as a gift for her birthday.....she soon nicknames it Bumblebee.
Charlie is in for one heck of a surprise when her car transforms into an Autobot... unable to communicate Bumblebee uses the car-radio to do so, Charlie and Bumblebee strike-up an unlikely friendship, unfortunately, a signal from it is picked-up far away by the Decepticons.
Realizing B-127 is on this distant planet, two are sent to destroy him.
The Decepticons need help to locate Bumblebee's whereabouts and convince Agent Burns and his superiors that they are the good guys and B-127 poses a threat.
Bumblebee assisted by Charlie have to stop the Decepticons and hopefully convince the authorities that they have chosen the wrong side to back.
The film series overall has certainly had it's high-points and indeed low-points, this film, a sequel, offers humour, great action, along with splendid use of CGI, and in truth can be looked upon as a high-point in the Transformers movie series.
Certainly in my view, thoroughly entertaining.
I am very very glad that I did.
This film is charming, exciting, touching and hilarious. This is exactly the film I would have watched 100 times over as a kid. Honestly it is a pure joy with a likeable cast, brilliant soundtrack and exciting action scenes that thankfully avoid Bayhem (That opening scene is what should have got in 2007)
The film is presented widescreen with Dolby Atmos sound and this is showcase stuff - it looks and sounds UNBELIEVABLE on Blu Ray. It also comes with a slipcover. Features add up to approximately 1 hour and the film features English Audio, English SDH and English subtitles.
Bumblebee himself is a softened, more rounded version of the Bay design, and ends up becoming a Camaro; Blitzwing looks nothing like his G1 counterpart (but almost like G1 Starscream), isn't a triple changer and could've just been credited as 'Seeker'. The main Decepticon villains aren't taken from the vast array of existing characters, but were invented for the movie and stand out as looking more Bay in design than the rest of the robot characters. The fact they're triple changers is barely acknowledge, with no explanation as to why they in particular are able to scan a second vehicle but still keep the previous vehicle mode, while Bumblebee scans three Earth vehicles in the course of the movie, each replacing the last.
While fans were delighted by the more G1 look at the beginning of the movie, the robot designs do look rushed, cobbled together and less refined; the Autobots in particular (aside from Bumblebee and Optimus Prime, who were designed in preproduction) almost look like puppets or people in costumes, even down to the way they move.
Still, after The Last Knight, this is a refreshing change, even if it brings nothing new or original.