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|Genre:||Adventure, Action, Fantasy|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 113 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
The war between Autobots and Decepticons on the planet Cybertron seems lost to the Autobots. Optimus Prime is sending one of its Autobots to Earth. There he is to find out whether the planet is suitable as a hiding place for the Autobots, where they can gather and prepare for a new fight against the Decepticons. But the yellow machine being is pursued by two Decepticons and almost destroyed in a fight. As an old VW Beetle he can save himself at the last moment. From now on he hides in the scrap yard of a small town in California. Here the 18 year old Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) finds him, who is happy to have found her first own car. When she realizes that the yellow beetle is much more than just a car, this is the beginning of an unusual friendship between Charlie and Bumblebee - a friendship that brings unexpected dangers with it…
At the latest after "Transformers: The last Knight" I never thought I could write the following sentence: there is a really good, entertaining contribution to the "Transformers" franchise called "Bumblebee". A movie with solid action, a lot of humor and a good portion of heart. The reason why this prequel was so successful is quickly found: Michael Bay wasn't directing this! His influence as a producer is certainly still perceptible. But Travis Knight, who took the helm here, clearly gave the whole thing his own handwriting and skilfully avoided many of Bay's mistakes.
He made a very general decision, which did this film a lot of good: Less is more! The action scenes aren't cut quite as hectically anymore and aren't completely overburdened destruction orgies as it was the case with Bay. The humor is no longer so penetratingly infantile. Luckily, you won't find pissing robots here. And the human actors are not exaggerated figures who, for some reason, always have to shout out their dialogues. Sure, the whole thing's still decided bullshit. It's a Transformers movie. But Travis Knight has turned it into extremely entertaining family entertainment in which not all brain cells automatically switch off for self-protection.
With much 80s nostalgia "Bumblebee" also pays tribute to numerous works of this era. Memories of E.T., for example, come back more than once. Knight proves that it's still possible today to stage great popcorn entertainment that offers tempo and action, but in which also characters and something like a story can unfold. Yeah, it's all very predictable and not very original. The story is extremely simple and doesn't really get much from the franchise. And yet, in view of the high entertainment value and the extra portion of charm the movie constantly exudes, such weaknesses quickly fade into the background.
Who loves the "Transformers" only because of their action sequences might find this contribution a bit boring. But those who generally like big blockbuster cinemas with high show values, wit and heart can really be recommended "Bumblebee". Absolutely worth seeing!
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