Action


Bumblebee


MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Action
Runtime:
113 mins
Stars:
Hailee Steinfeld, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Cena
Director:
Travis Knight
Producer:
Michael Bay, Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Don Murphy, Mark Vahradian

Content at a Glance

2
Sex

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
3
Language

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
3
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
2
Drugs

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
1
Nudity

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
0

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


innocent kisses; some flirtation and subtle innuendo that is near invisible to the ear

Language


some coarse cursing, including “da***/gd”, jesus, h*ll, “sh**”; “a**”

Violence


robot action, from shooting, punching, picking, stabbing, explosions; some mild bloody aftermaths

Drugs


a scene where teens are presumed to be drinking casually

Nudity


some scenes of shirtless young men

Other


No Information


Trailer



Synopsis

Well executed and a surprising reboot for the rundown Transformers series, Bumblebee is all heart, with much to appreciate. Keeping the film from approval is some strong language next to its comic book-style action.


Movie Message

The Synopsis:

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.

The Review:

Bumblebee paves the way for a change in the weather for the Transformers saga, one that’s been on a rusted, limping leg for far too long now. This vehicle—as a film, a machine, a feeling—tightens bolts that needed adjusting from even the earliest films. The spare and flabby parts are removed and the film finds something the series has forgotten about in nearly a decade: its heart.

 

Where once was a tabula rasa that director Michael Bay (who’s directed the Transformers films since 2007) gave to himself to hire the best in special visual effects, sound, and complete artificial destruction is now bittersweet nostalgia, an echo from the release of the Hasbro toys. Perhaps in creating this tone, Bumblebee director Travis Knight does not pull a lot of new doves out of the hat, from soundtrack choices essential to the 80s (when the film takes place) to expressions that are, at least, fresh enough for millennials to laugh along with. It’s not new, but it is sweet, and it works.

 

What further works, and deserves high praise and attention to give credit where credit is due, the film is surprisingly graceful in communicating cinematically. Some cheesy dialogue is to be expected in an action-stuffed film about robots fighting robots, but the relationship between the Autobot Bee and Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) harkens back to silent pictures, using pantomime and exacting facial and hand gestures to communicate love, safety. It’s enough to take one aback and admire the film on its own two robotic legs.

 

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