About the film
Director: Travis Knight
Actors: Hailee Steinfeld, Angela Bassett, Justin TherouxThe sixth film in Michael Bay’s noisy mech-head series, Bumblebee is the first chapter that he’s not directing himself – with Laika’s Travis Knight (Kubo And The Two Strings) stepping in to strip the series back to its retro roots.
Set in 1987, Bumblebee revolves around Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) and her unexpected friendship with Bee. It opens in the middle of a legitimately thrilling, apocalyptic war on Cybertron (the Transformers’ home planet), with explosions and chaos and flying robots everywhere. The Autobots find themselves on the losing side and strategically retreat, and thus our new best friend Bumblebee finds himself on Earth alone, unable to speak, and memory-less.
Enter Charlie. Eager for a new car on her 18th birthday, Charlie finds Bumblebee, now posing as a decrepit yellow Volkswagen Beetle (not the Camaro we see in the 2007 Transformers movies), in a lot filled with discarded vehicles, and immediately decides she wants him. Soon enough, she discovers who he really is - getting roped into an adventure that sees Bee trying to stop a bunch of escaped Decepticons wreaking havoc on Earth. Blitzwing makes an appearance (ie, not Starscream), as does Soundwave and Barricade, with Cena's Agent Burns doing everything he can to stop them.
Who woulda thunk it? A Transformers movie with heart and soul. And a banging 80’s soundtrack. You’ve been Rickrolled.