Movies that go “all out” in their effects department know how to do one thing well; have a good time. As a result, these usually become some of my favorite “popcorn flick” movies. Whether it’s the likes of Battleship or The A-Team, I have a list. Into these ranks walks Bumblebee.
Bumblebee (2018) Film Review
Despite the passage of time, Charlie Watson (Hailee Stienfeld) isn’t over the death of her father. Together they were quite the team, and Charlie grew up to be like him in many ways; under his guidance, she learned a great deal. Her mother has moved on by introducing a stepfather, and on her 18th birthday, all Charlie wants is a car!
She finds one at a junk yard. Old and in ill repair, she manages to get it home where she makes plans to take the knowledge she learned from her father and piece it back together. But while working on her new yellow Volkswagen, she uncovers it’s something else entirely…
Perhaps not Oscar material, this film has one thing for it: It’s tons of fun. There’s adventure in a mild kind of adrenaline way, friendship, and surprisingly, even some sage advice. Part of the ‘Transformers’ universe, I don’t know where this one falls exactly, but my understanding is that this acts as a kind of prequel to all (the prior films) that’s come before this. So as my first experience with the franchise, it’s a good time.
Because of this, I did lose some of the likely inside references to latter plots or character references, but I never feel as though this wasn’t an easy follow or as if I couldn’t appreciate this as a kind of standalone. The story begins with some purposeful chaos, and then the plot flows easily from there on out through the climax, which is of course, quite exciting. In spite of all this excitement, and effects, the characterization is better than one might anticipate. Hailee’s Charlie is the “cool girl” loner while next-door-neighbor Memo is the adorable geek. Plus, their relationship (while not the focus) is one of the cutest teen friendships I’ve encountered on screen in a long time. Their final scene together is the icing on the cake.
Not to be forgotten, I also thought how writers humanize Bumblebee is both clever and cute; the friendship between he and Charlie is also to be championed. If you enjoy silly but fun blockbuster films, you’ll likely find this an ideal watch. It’s fast-paced, actually has a story and features some good talent. Plus, every now and then, we all need something mindless, and fun!Make Sure to Meet ‘Bumblebee’ in a Fun Adventure! Review of the 2018 film with Hailee Stienfeld. Have you seen this cute #scifi of an adventure!? #Movies Click To Tweet
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Content: there’s nothing terrible. Lots of “action” violence, including scenes of men being wiped out by creatures. There may be one or two minor profanity, and thematic elements. The rating is the PG-13.