Bumblebee (2018) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

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Bumblebee (2018) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Travis Knight
STARRING: Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr.
RATED: PG-13/REGION A/1:78/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 2
AVAILABLE FROM Paramount Pictures

On the run in the year of 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.

After the last Transformers movie the powers that be decided to take a step back and make a prequel called Bumblebee. As you can guess from the name, the movie’s main focus is on the character of Bumblebee, a character that might even have Prime topped in popularity with today’s fans. Set the movie in 1987, toss in stars such as John Cena and Hailee Steinfeld with a lot of action mixed with some comedy and we have the movie. We also have what is perhaps the best Transformers movie we’ve had to date with the tone matching more along the lines of what you might have expected growing up a fan of the show than what we’ve seen in the other films. There are a few serious moments, of course, but the movie has a lot of funny stuff going on and it kind of reminds me of a lot of the movies that were for this type audience made in the real 80s. This movie is a movie I feel shares the rewatchability of the classics.

Hailee Steinfeld is great in this as she plays a young lady who has freshly turned 18 and is dealing with the loss of her father. She meets up with Bumblebee and the two form a strong bond all the while dealing with a military unit led by John Cena’s character who has things all wrong about Bumblebee and is also being lied to by a couple of Decepticons who are on the trail of our hero after a battle from Cybertron leads to the Autobots re-locating. The movie is loaded with nostalgia, tossing a few tunes from the time including “The Touch” from the original Transformers animated movie for good measure. Bottom line is, Bumblebee is fun for the whole family, packs everything you want in an action comedy, and is one you’ll probably find yourself re-watching a lot. The only bad thing is we don’t have many other Autobots all that much, but it does a fine job with what it has.

Extras

– Sector 7 Archive
Agent Burns: Welcome to Sector 7
Sector 7 Adventures: The Battle at Half Dome (All-New Motion Comic)
– Deleted and Extended Scenes
– Outtakes
– Bee Vision: The Transformers robots of Cybertron
– Bringing Bumblebee to the Big Screen
The Story of Bumblebee
The Stars Align
Bumblebee Goes Back to G1
Back to the Beetle
California Cruisin’ Down Memory Lane

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