Okay, Bingers. Confession time: I HATED THE TRANSFORMERS MOVIE. I mean, sure I watched every single one of them but my hatred for them grew with each one. The first one was fun but things got worse with every entry in the franchise. It was as if Michael Bay did no longer care for the plot and focused only on fights and explosions. With that said, I was a little hesitant about the Bumblebee Movie. When United International Pictures invited me to the special advanced screening at the IMAX Theatre in SM Megamall last January 6, Sunday, I half-wittingly attended. But boy, did the movie take me by surprise! I am going to say it now: Bumblebee Movie is easily the best Transformers movie and here are the reasons:
- The Vibe
Unofficially set as a prequel for the Transformers franchise, Bumblebee is set in the 80’s. Bring in the synths and the pop culture references because Director Travis Knight had a field day playing around with them. The setting alone set apart the film from the entire franchise. It wanted to have fun and have fun it did. For a film with such levity and heart, I had to remind myself every few minutes that I am watching a freaking Transformers movie!
- The Underdogs
The Autobot Bumblebee is a crowd favorite because he is yellow. He is cute. And he is an underdog. He can land punches as good as Optimus and the other Autobots but B-127 or Bumblebee has a charming vibe that made me go, “AWWW!” even when he is in a fight. In the movie, he is not the only underdog. There is Charlie Watson, an 18-year old teenage girl who only wants one thing: her own car. A distant daughter and an independent teen, Charlie finds a friend in an abandoned car. She fixed it and then soon found herself being fixed by Bumblebee. The mutual relationship grew into a cute and a deep one. It was a great tale of an underdog finding strength from a fellow underdog.
- Taste of Cybertron
The fans have been talking about this for the longest time: CYBERTRON. Since I am not a fan, I could not quite build an excitement for the Autobots and Decepticon’s home planet. Still, I had a basic knowledge of their universe. However, I felt a different kind of rush seeing it come to life during the film’s prologue. I had a little hope in me that there can possibly be a prequel set in Cybertron in which we see the battle between the two factions!
So, do you need more reasons to see Bumblebee Movie, Bingers? It is the least exhausting and most fun Transformers to date. It has a heart and an actual plot to work with. Action-lovers will not be disappointed because it still has the explosions that are inherently Transformers. Only this time, the explosions make sense. There is a story that requires it. Toxic masculinity is gone and unnecessary drama and air times are gone. Bumblebee took a piece of narrative and made the most out of it. Yes, never in a million years I thought I was going to say this but I NEED MORE TRANSFORMERS MOVIE IN MY LIFE. Bumblebee gave me a taste of how good this franchise can become!
Director: Travis Knight
Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena
Binge-level: 5 out of 5 stars