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* OneSceneWonder: Optimus Prime has roughly four collective minutes of screen time, but whether he's thrashing Decepticons, performing iconic poses, or [[spoiler:showing up with a Freight-liner alternate mode and telling Bumblebee he's saved the Autobot cause]], he makes those four minutes count.

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Optimus Prime has roughly four collective minutes of screen time, but whether he's thrashing Decepticons, performing iconic poses, or [[spoiler:showing up with a Freight-liner alternate mode and telling Bumblebee he's saved the Autobot cause]], he makes those four minutes count.


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** Blitzwing appears for about four minutes at the start of the movie, but he makes the most of them,


* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: The Transformers film series has been a critical whipping boy since the beginning, with no entry ever achieving a "Fresh" rating. {{Sequelitis}} only exacerbated the problem, culminating in the the abysmally received ''The Last Knight''. You might think the franchise was finally circling the drain at this point, but then ''Bumblebee'' comes out and receives nearly universal approval. Who would have expected that?

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* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: The Transformers film series has been a critical whipping boy since the beginning, with no entry ever achieving a "Fresh" rating. {{Sequelitis}} only exacerbated the problem, culminating in the the abysmally received ''The Last Knight''. You might think the franchise was finally circling the drain at this point, but then ''Bumblebee'' comes out and receives nearly universal approval. Who would have expected that?that? In short, on Website/RottenTomatoes, it went from 16% (The Last Knight) to '''92%'''.


** "The Queen of Wakanda is a Decepticon!"[[labelnote:Explanation]]Shatter is voiced by Angela Bassett, who played T'Challa's mother in ''Film/BlackPanther''.[[/labelnote]]

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** "The Queen of Wakanda is a Decepticon!"[[labelnote:Explanation]]Shatter is voiced by Angela Bassett, who played T'Challa's mother in ''Film/BlackPanther''.''Film/BlackPanther2018''.[[/labelnote]]


** The self-help book about learning to smile more, after telling someone to smile more forms a BerserkButton in the next big female-fronted blockbuster, ''Film/CaptainMarvel2019''.

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** The self-help book about learning to smile more, after telling someone to smile more forms a BerserkButton ends up being eerily similar to an exchange in the next big female-fronted blockbuster, ''Film/CaptainMarvel2019''.



* HypocriticalFandom: On the receiving end of some of this from the above-mentioned ''Bayformers'' fanbase and the FandomRivalry that's cropped up thanks to ''Bumblebee'''s more positive reception and ContinuityReboot status. While some arguments can be had for ''Bumblebee'' having less action and robots and the tone shift from being action-focused to character-focused, there's an odd tendency for some to accuse the film of [[HumanFocusedAdaptation focusing too much on Charlie's storyline]], which is almost hilarious considering how infamous the Bayformers movies were for the humans' SpotlightStealingSquad status[[note]]for comparison, a lot of the ways Charlie is focused on, dealing with family issues, butting heads with parents, their budding romance, and being accosted by bullies, were ''all'' things we saw Sam Witwicky go through in the each of the movies, alongside also having focus paid to his family legacy, TheChosenOne status, struggle to find a job, and among other things, and was even directly responsible for killing several Decepticons, with the NEST soldiers also regularly being shown fighting the Decepticons on an even playing field[[/note]].

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* HypocriticalFandom: On the receiving end of some of this from the above-mentioned ''Bayformers'' fanbase and the FandomRivalry that's cropped up thanks to ''Bumblebee'''s more positive reception and ContinuityReboot status. While some arguments can be had for ''Bumblebee'' having less action and robots and the tone shift from being action-focused to character-focused, there's an odd tendency for some to accuse the film of [[HumanFocusedAdaptation focusing too much on Charlie's storyline]], which is almost hilarious considering how infamous the Bayformers movies were for the humans' SpotlightStealingSquad status[[note]]for comparison, a lot of the ways Charlie is focused on, dealing with family issues, butting heads with parents, their her budding romance, and being accosted by bullies, were ''all'' things we saw Sam Witwicky go through in the each of the movies, alongside also having focus paid to his family legacy, TheChosenOne status, struggle to find a job, and among other things, and was even directly responsible for killing several Decepticons, with the NEST soldiers also regularly being shown fighting the Decepticons on an even playing field[[/note]].


** The self-help book about learning to smile more, after telling someone to smile more forms a BerserkButton in the next big female-fronted blockbuster, ''Film/CaptainMarvel''.

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** The self-help book about learning to smile more, after telling someone to smile more forms a BerserkButton in the next big female-fronted blockbuster, ''Film/CaptainMarvel''.''Film/CaptainMarvel2019''.


* BrokenBase:
** The change from being an action-focused franchise to a character-driven story. The film overall has very little action, with the first ten minutes being the only real action sequence until the climax unfolds, outside of a brief flashback to Cybertron and a CarChase with a single patrol car. For some, it made the film too boring and lacked the non-stop action that the franchise was known for, but for others, it allowed the movie to flesh out the characters of Charlie and Bumblebee as well as their friendship, so that we actually ''care'' when they're in danger. To the films' credit, it never ''advertised'' itself as being action-heavy compared to the previous entries, with the trailers and most advertisements focusing on the funny, charming, character building side.

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BrokenBase: The change from being an action-focused franchise to a character-driven story. The film overall has very little action, with the first ten minutes being the only real action sequence until the climax unfolds, outside of a brief flashback to Cybertron and a CarChase with a single patrol car. For some, it made the film too boring and lacked the non-stop action that the franchise was known for, but for others, it allowed the movie to flesh out the characters of Charlie and Bumblebee as well as their friendship, so that we actually ''care'' when they're in danger. To the films' credit, it never ''advertised'' itself as being action-heavy compared to the previous entries, with the trailers and most advertisements focusing on the funny, charming, character building side.


** The epic Cybertron battle sequence at the start has fans demanding a full-on movie taking place on Cybertron, "with as little human action as possible".

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** The epic Cybertron battle sequence at the start has fans demanding a full-on movie taking place on Cybertron, "with as little human action as possible". A plethora of fan-made videos have shown up on Website/YouTube that modify the battle of Cybertron such as by inserting G1 music, recreating it in ''VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron'' or ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' visual design, recreating it with action-figures and shooting a homemade video of it or simply updating the quality.


* PanderingToTheBase: In a case of this trope working well, the more G1-esque designs appealed to the fans who felt that the previous films' particular approach to reinventing the Transformers universe had [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks lacked several iconic aspects people expected from the characters.]]

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* PanderingToTheBase: In a case of this trope working well, With the more G1-esque designs appealed and general 80's feel, the film seems determined to cater to the fans geewunners who felt that complained about the previous films' particular approach to reinventing the Transformers universe had films [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks diverging from G1]] (which is [[OlderThanTheyThink relatively common in the franchise]]). This is generally seen as a ''good'' example of pandering, as even many non-G1 ''Transformers'' fans had felt that the previous movies lacked several iconic aspects people expected from the characters.]]characters and their particular reinvention of the franchise had fallen out of favor with the general public, so this new approach breathed some much needed life into the series.


* TheScrappy: Charlie's Mom Sally seems to have become this, though to a ''much'' lesser extent compared to Sam's parents from the previous movies. Some viewers really don't like how insensitive Charlie's family is to her grief and depression, but Sally in particular gets far more hate for how she scolds Charlie for bringing a car home without telling her, takes said car out [[{{Hypocrite}} herself without telling Charlie]], then later berates her for 'moping around' all the time and takes Agent Burns' side over her own daughter's.



* UnnecessaryMakeover: There has been mixed reaction to [[spoiler:Bumblebee scanning a Camaro at the end of the film, as the Volkswagen Beetle mode that he gave up is the alternate mode of original Bumblebee while the Camaro is usually associated with the [[BaseBreakingCharacter divisive interpretation]] of Bumblebee from the previous live-action films.]]

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* UnnecessaryMakeover: There has been mixed reaction to [[spoiler:Bumblebee scanning a Camaro at the end of the film, as the Volkswagen Beetle mode that he gave up is the alternate mode of original Bumblebee while the Camaro is usually associated with the [[BaseBreakingCharacter divisive interpretation]] of Bumblebee from the previous live-action films.films, and arguably doesn't really fit Bumblebee's BadassAdorable persona as well as a VW Beetle does.]]


* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: The idea of a ''Transformers'' film focusing solely on Bumblebee, a character many had begun to see as a CreatorsPet, coming out only a year after ''Film/TransformersTheLastKnight'' was critically lambasted, a financial failure, and seemingly [[FranchiseKiller killed the film series]], which was suffering of {{Sequelitis}} ever since ''[[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen Revenge of the Fallen]]''. While the movie has a promising director by the name of Travis Knight, who directed ''WesternAnimation/KuboAndTheTwoStrings'', the writer has only written two other movies, ''Film/ShutIn'' and ''Film/Unforgettable2017'', both of which were poorly received. However, this began to fade out when more and more info about the movie started to come out, and by the time of release people were outright optimistic. In the end, the film not only received mostly positive reviews, but it also has a ''much'' better score than ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'', the movie that established ''most'' of the cinematic Transformers lore. As a result, after years of people hoping for the franchise to end, many are now clamoring for more Transformers movies along the lines of ''Bumblebee''.

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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: The idea of a ''Transformers'' film focusing solely on Bumblebee, a character many had begun to see as a CreatorsPet, coming out only a year after ''Film/TransformersTheLastKnight'' was critically lambasted, [[BoxOfficeBomb a financial failure, failure]], and seemingly [[FranchiseKiller killed the film series]], which was suffering of {{Sequelitis}} ever since ''[[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen Revenge of the Fallen]]''. While the movie has a promising director by the name of Travis Knight, who directed ''WesternAnimation/KuboAndTheTwoStrings'', the writer has only written two other movies, ''Film/ShutIn'' and ''Film/Unforgettable2017'', both of which were poorly received. However, this began to fade out when more and more info about the movie started to come out, and by the time of release people were outright optimistic. In the end, the film not only received mostly positive reviews, but it also has a ''much'' better score than ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'', the movie that established ''most'' of the cinematic Transformers lore. As a result, after years of people hoping for the franchise to end, many are now clamoring for more Transformers movies along the lines of ''Bumblebee''.


* AwesomeMusic: Hailee Steinfeld's "Back to Life", written specifically for the movie.

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* AwesomeMusic: SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Hailee Steinfeld's "Back to Life", written specifically for the movie.


* ClicheStorm: So far the biggest complaint from viewers is (like Christina Hodson's [[Film/ShutIn prior]] [[Film/Unforgettable2017 films]]) that the plot is rather predictable and has been done before, particularly in films like ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant''. This is considered a case of TropesAreNotBad, though; many feel that even though the plot is predictable, it is coherent, straightforward, and understandable, with characters that the audience can get invested in, whereas the past films' plots were incredibly off-the-rails and impossible to follow with characters that were either unlikable, uninteresting, or just there for fanservice.

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* BrokenBase:
** The change from being an action-focused franchise to a character-driven story. The film overall has very little action, with the first ten minutes being the only real action sequence until the climax unfolds, outside of a brief flashback to Cybertron and a CarChase with a single patrol car. For some, it made the film too boring and lacked the non-stop action that the franchise was known for, but for others, it allowed the movie to flesh out the characters of Charlie and Bumblebee as well as their friendship, so that we actually ''care'' when they're in danger. To the films' credit, it never ''advertised'' itself as being action-heavy compared to the previous entries, with the trailers and most advertisements focusing on the funny, charming, character building side.
* ClicheStorm: So far the biggest complaint from viewers is (like Christina Hodson's [[Film/ShutIn prior]] [[Film/Unforgettable2017 films]]) that the plot is rather predictable and has been done before, particularly in films like ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant''. This is considered a case of TropesAreNotBad, though; many feel that even though the plot is predictable, it is coherent, straightforward, and understandable, with characters that the audience can get invested in, whereas the past films' plots were incredibly off-the-rails and impossible to follow with characters that were either unlikable, uninteresting, or just there for fanservice. As well as this, many of these chlichés help to give the movie an 80s feel, fitting with its setting and the films' status as a love letter to the Transformers' original era.


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* GirlShowGhetto: PlayedWith. Some negative viewers have complained about the film being too 'girly' or 'feminist', because the human companion is a young woman and the much of the story is from her perspective, along with being a less-actiony, more character focused story. This seems to be a major VocalMinority however as the film is otherwise unanimously well-liked and Charlie herself is fairly popular with all genders of viewer. However, financially-speaking, the movie ''did'' perform less than the past entries, but this likely had more to do with following after the BoxOfficeBomb ''Film/TransformersTheLastKnight'' effectively killing interest in the movie; a number of viewers who watched the movie once it was out on home release have commented on being surprised at how enjoyable it was, having not bothered to watch it because of the past films. Essentially, its 'girly' focus isn't the reason why it made less money, but rather it was people ''not being aware'' of this.


** Again with Cliffjumper, people feel he could've been a better character [[spoiler:had he survived]]. To add more insult to injury, the "Bee Vision: The Transformers robots of Cybertron" Special Feature reveals that he could have scanned a Porsche 924 or a Suzuki Swift.

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** Again with Cliffjumper, people feel who earned fans for standing up to Shatter and Dropkick, is [[spoiler:killed off almost as quickly as he could've been a better character [[spoiler:had he survived]].is introduced. [[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Again]]]]. To add more insult to injury, the "Bee Vision: The Transformers robots of Cybertron" Special Feature reveals that he could have scanned a Porsche 924 or a Suzuki Swift.

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* AwesomeMusic: Hailee Steinfeld's "Back to Life", written specifically for the movie.


* FandomRivalry: Between fans of the Michael Bay [[Film/TransformersFilmSeries directed films]] and fans of this movie. A large part of it comes down to the fact that the Bay films had a huge fandom unconnected to the larger Transformers fandom (who in general ''hate'' those movies), while Bumblebee has been largely accepted by the latter due to being TruerToTheText rather than follow the Bay films' direction. Combined with a big GenreShift (going from AlienInvasion DisasterMovie films to ABoyAndHisX ComingOfAge) and change in tone, the film does ''not'' cater to the same audience as the prior movies did. A few comment sections and audience reviews tend to feature a lot of back-and-fourth between the two groups, with Bumblebee being decried by the former for not following the previous films' style.

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* FandomRivalry: Between fans of the Michael Bay [[Film/TransformersFilmSeries directed films]] and fans of this movie. A large part of it comes down to the fact that the Bay films had a huge fandom unconnected to the larger Transformers fandom (who in general ''hate'' those movies), while Bumblebee ''Bumblebee'' has been largely accepted by the latter due to being TruerToTheText rather than follow the Bay films' direction. Combined with a big GenreShift (going from AlienInvasion DisasterMovie films to ABoyAndHisX ComingOfAge) and change in tone, the film does ''not'' cater to the same audience as the prior movies did. A few comment sections and audience reviews tend to feature a lot of back-and-fourth between the two groups, with Bumblebee being decried by the former for not following the previous films' style.

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