Bumblebee Review

Julia Keller '20

          Bumblebee, directed by Travis Knight, is being hailed as the best Transformers movie in the franchise. It’s a prequel, but it doesn’t feel unnecessary. It humanizes Bumblebee in a way that the other movies don’t do nearly as well. This humanization is accomplished by the relationship that Bumblebee shares with the main protagonist of the film. The film follows eighteen-year-old Charlie Watson, who struggles to cope with the death of her father. She actually relies on Bumblebee to channel her energy into something else and thus learn that she has the ability to do that for others. The majority of the film depends on the relationship established between them and very little on a subplot. I thought the movie had some similar elements to films like “ET,” but the nature of Bumblebee and the movie itself were different enough that the movie didn’t feel like something that I had seen before. Even though the idea of setting films in the 80’s isn’t a new concept, it worked for Bumblebee because it tries to restore the credibility of the Transformers franchise; this choice actually makes since the original Transformers cartoons were released then as well. Overall, I thought Bumblebee was a really well-done movie and that it was better than what I expected out of a Transformers film.