Review: Advanced Screening of The Bumblebee Movie
Bumblebee is a spin-off from the Michael Bay Transformer's movie franchise. Directed by directed by Travis Knight (I don't remember what name I gave the director in the car) (Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, and Kubo and the Two Strings) and stars Hailee Steinfeld (Charlie), Justin Theroux, Dylan O'Brien, John Cena, Angela Basset, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., and Pamela Adlon. It was written by Christina Hodson (Unforgettable, and also writing for Birds of Prey - and the very long subtitle and Batgirl movie).
We find ourselves witnessing the prequel of the series, on Cybertron. An origin story of sorts will give an older audience members butterflies, or at least it did for me. This movie is chock full of nostalgia for any 80's kids. The direction was to help parents introduce their childhood to their kids (even grandkids) in a way that is more visually stunning than the charm of the 80's cartoons. Yes, there is plenty of "Oooo" "Aaah" moments that seemed to be there purely for the sake of spectacle, but as I mention in the podcast, there is enough to keep the O.G., after school cartoon watching, 80's child involved. It had several genuine heartfelt moments, but there was also a few that seemed forced.
Overall, the Bumblebee movie was fun, entertaining, and worth at least one viewing. I can't comment on 3D since the version I saw was an advanced screening in standard format, but if the 2D is any judge, I doubt you'll miss much from passing on that version. However, I am curious how much better it could look in an IMAX format. You tell me!
Bumblebee is scheduled for release on December 20th at most theaters. Available in 3D, IMAX, and standard formats. Go ahead, relive part of the 80's... don't be scared.