Bumblebee the first live-action Transformers movie to be directed by somebody other than Michael Bay a Bizarro World version of this year’s The Predator though only in one very particular way there’s too much undercooked human drama and not enough ‘splodey high-concept stuff which is competent.
Sure Bumblebee may seem like a welcome change-up after six Bay-ified Transformers flicks But as somebody who quit the recently revived franchise after the fourth entry I have to say: so what Bumblebee is only comparatively modest.
it’s 113 minutes and feels longer, and plays like a lukewarm John Hughes-ified clone of E.T The Extra-Terrestrial There’s not only nothing new here, there’s nothing convincing. And if I’m supposed to judge Bumblebee based on how well it succeeds at what it tries to do rather than what came before it it’s still not very good.
Bumblebee begins with a lifeless homage tip of the cap to the animated Transformers The Movie War has come to Cybertron the home of the Autobots who have apparently already visited Earth and therefore look like cars and the Decepticons who also look like cars and jets and things despite .
not having been to Earth yet You guessed it dear reader Bumblebee is a prequel a bridge between the notoriously confusing Transformers The Movie and Bay’s tediously noisy Transformers so it makes sense that this new movie should be well a bit like both the older Transformers film and the newer Transformer films, actually.