Find out why there’s more than meets the eye to Bumblebee, one of the world’s favourite Autobots.

When Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) turns 18, all she wants is a new car. Ever since her father passed away suddenly, she’s been trying to finish the car they were working on in the family garage. When she heads to the wreckers to find parts, she accidentally uncovers an old Volkswagen Beetle – which just so happens to be a robot in disguise.

The Autobots and the Decepticons have been waging war on their home planet of Cybertron for some time, and when it looks like it’s all but over for the Autobot resistance, leader Optimus Prime sends one of his best recruits, B-127, to Earth to begin work on a new home base.

He winds up in the garage, where Charlie finds him and dubs him Bumblebee. When the young girl discovers Bee’s true purpose on Earth, she also learns that the Decepticons are on their way, and a race against time ensues to prevent the enemy from turning Earth into rubble.

Set in the ’80s and a prequel to Michael Bay’s Transformers (2007), Bumblebee works as an origin story for everyone’s favourite (future) ’77 Camaro. We find out how he lost his voice and how he went from VW to Chevrolet.

There are some timeline inconsistencies with the lore of the existing Transformers universe, but that aside, Bumblebee is a thoroughly enjoyable entry in the franchise. The ’80s essence oozes through the production, from the set design and costumes to the all important radio Bumblebee uses to communicate.

Bumblebee is definitely closer to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Dark of the Moon than Age of Extinction and The Last Knight, with Bee’s fish-out-of-water attitude a major plus. The action scenes in particular are standouts – if only there were more of them.

star-3In cinemas: December 20, 2018
Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Peter Cullen
Directed by: Travis Knight