Bumblebee: Transformers for the Whole Family

 In Action, Drama, Everything, Good, Science Fiction, Woman Writer
A picture of Hailee Steinfeld hugging the robot Bumblebee in the film Bumblebee


Directed by Travis Knight
Written by Christina Hodson

The review:

God bless Travis Knight and Christina Hodson for creating a gem that manages to combine robot cars,* a coming of age story, lots of humor, and 80s pop cultural markers to make a delightful cross-generational film. Hailee Steinfeld is excellent as the mechanically minded Charlie, still grieving her dad’s death. But the digital artists who created Bumblebee also deserve many kudos for creating such a nuanced character.**

The verdict: Good

Cost: $1.80 via Redbox
Where watched: at home

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Further sentences:

*This is my first Transformers movie, and it was a good first-of-series choice.
**Bumblebee inside the house is one of the most amusing scenes of this summer’s movie watching.


  • Why could some transformers turn into vehicles that fly, but some could not?
  • What’s your favorite scene with Bumblebee?

Favorite IMDB trivia item:

Bumblebee’s model is a 1967 Volkswagen Beetle with bumpers, available only for export. The yellow color was also only available for the export version Volkswagens as the color in Germany was used by the then-state-owned German Postal Service (Deutsche Bundespost).

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  • Mary Stenaros

    This sounds tempting, and I have seen Transformer movies and actually like them. I say this because I just finished the two seasons of Kobra Kai on Netflix. I enjoyed the nostalgia of the first season especially. Lots of fun and flashbacks.

    • Patricia Collins

      If you liked the other Transformer movies, don’t hold off on this one. It’s very fun!

      I’m glad you’re enjoying Kobra Kai. And now I get why all three Karate Kid movies appeared on Netflix.

  • Boyfriend Matt

    Here’s my favorite thing about the Transformers franchise: the music.

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