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Bumblebee [2018] (2 discs)

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Director:Travis Knight
Writer:Christina Hodson
Composer:Dario Marianelli
Length:114 minutes
(1 hour 54 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Action
IMDB Rating:6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:93%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Drama
  • Family
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  • Fantasy
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Synopsis: On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small California beach town. On the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, Charlie Watson discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.


Reaction: Finally a Transformers movie focused more on characters and relationships than explosions and robot anatomy jokes.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
Travis Knight => Director
Christina Hodson => Writer
Dario Marianelli => Composer
Andrew Morgado => Cliffjumper (voice)
Angela Bassett => Shatter (voice)
David Sobolov => Blitzwing (voice)
Dennis Singletary => Ratchet (voice)
Dylan O'Brien => Bumblebee (voice)
Fred Dryer => Sheriff Lock
Glynn Turman => General Whalen
Gracie Dzienny => Tina
Grey Griffin => Arcee (voice)
Hailee Steinfeld => Charlie
Jason Drucker => Otis
John Cena => Agent Burns
John Ortiz => Dr. Powell
Jon Bailey => Soundwave (voice) / Shockwave
Jorge Lendeborg Jr. => Memo
Justin Theroux => Dropkick (voice)
Kirk Baily => Decepticon Soldier (voice) / Brawn
Len Cariou => Uncle Hank
Pamela Adlon => Sally
Peter Cullen => Optimus Prime (voice)
Ricardo Hoyos => Tripp
Stephen Schneider => Ron
Steve Blum => Wheeljack (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • John Cena, who plays Agent Burns, was originally supposed to play a villain named "Scarface" as seen from behind-the-scenes photos from his stunt double [?] Joseph Kelly. It is unclear what made the change but rumor has it, like wrestling, they did not want John Cena the heel but more the face and this would also leave John Cena's role open for a sequel.
  • The producers cited The Iron Giant (1999) as the main influence for the film. As can be seen when Bumblebee regains his memory and attacks the army in defense of Charlie. Bumblebees eyes glow red just like the Iron Giant and even has his arm transform into a gun in the same way and is calmed down in the same way.
  • Hailee Steinfeld and Jason Drucker previously worked together in the film Barely Lethal (2015).
  • In "Bumblebee" : Jorge Lendeborg Jr. plays Memo, who has a romantic connection with Charlie, who is a friend to Bumblebee, a human-like robot. In "Alita: Battle Angel" : Jorge plays Tanji, who is a friend to Hugo, who has a romantic connection with Alita, a cyborg.
  • Hailee Steinfeld is the latest in the line of actors/actresses who have worked with [?] Joel Coen & [?] Ethan Coen to have gone on to have a role in a live-action Transformers film. Others are John Turturro, John Goodman, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, and John Malkovich.
  • Released a week after Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) which also features Hailee Steinfeld.
  • Travis Knight beat five other contenders for the director's job: Chris McKay, Seth Gordon, [?] Jaume Collet-Serra, [?] Rick Famuyiwa and the [?] Nee Brothers.
  • Bumblebee is the only movie in the "Transformers" theatrical film series to have a running time under 2 hours (approximately 1 hour, 54 minutes). All previous films clocked in at well over 2 hours.
  • Bumblebee only now regains his VW Beetle vehicle mode because the company did not want the car to be associated with the action and violence the Bay movies are so infamous for. They allowed a more prominent use of the car here due to the more faithful representation of the much tamer, family-friendly G1 series.
  • At one point in the film, a certain eager Sector 7 agent has some news for Agent Burns. Burns refers to him as Agent "Simmons," a younger version of John Turturro's character from earlier movies in the series.
  • Hailee Steinfeld was not born until nine years after the setting of the film and had to be taught how to use some typical items of the '80s era, such as how to work a Walkman, which was completely foreign to her.
  • It was speculated that Hasbro and Paramount were planning to reboot the Transformers film franchise in the near future, if "Bumblebee" performed well at the box office and general reception was good. This is now the case, as "Bumblebee" is the start of a new movie universe.
  • Bumblebee's alternate mode in this feature is a Volkswagen Beetle, his original mode in The Transformers (1984). His robot design (short and compact, with horns and a faceplate) is based on his The Transformers (1984) and [Transformers: Animated (2007)] versions.
  • In this film, Transformers take on a more classic look of the original cartoon series.
  • With a budget of $102-128 million, this is the least expensive Transformers movie to date.
  • The discovery of the beetle is much like the [Herbie the Love Bug] movies, unveiling a sentient beetle.