This idea of retconning sections of series but not the whole enchilada – see Rogue One, Spiderverse - is awesome.
Bumblebee is the origin movie we could have gotten. Producers didn’t have the Energon to tell this tale a decade ago with Shia and Megan.
Bridging the world between the original cartoon, and when the yellow bug meets up with Sam Witwicky – Bumblebee is one of many Autobots sent from Cybertron abroad. He happens to land on earth.
The relationship with Bumblebee and Hailee Steinfeld is the heart of this movie. It is a girl and her robot, brilliantly simple.
Rolling with a 1987 period, the soundtrack here is all encompassing and defining. Short of some new retro wave from the here and now, there is nothing missing.
There is also no stone left unturned in this script. This film is so in the pocket I expected it to end with the Autobot ship crashing into the side of the mountain a la the beginning of the classic cartoon.
Perhaps at the end of the Cybertron movie they should damn well make.
“They’re named Decepticons,” notes Agent Burns/John Cena at one point, that is a bit of a sticking point in an otherwise super intelligent script here scene to scene, line to line.
It appears the Decepticons are responsible for creating the Internet, which is a great subtle nod in Bumblebee.
A half expected a time-travel device at the end of this to bring back a film-long lamented character, as such dangled in The Neverending Story, Masters of the Universe and others.
Bumblebee is a great film and fresh turn of the page after a decade of the Michael Bay visual heavy plot-less vehicles. It plays this week in Mile Zero.