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I did love BUMBLEBEE, I give it about a 9 out of 10 (sorry, not perfect 10 - needed to pick up the pace more with the emotional scenes) because the movie did very well to impress me because it gave Bumblebee the limelight he deserved and they gave him a great plot and script to work with. People seem to keep comparing Bumblebee to "Shape of Water", "ET", "Free Willy" and "Iron Giant" but I thought the movie was quite original in its own right.
The main drawback to BUMBLEBEE is that there are emotional scenes with no talking, just music plus sound effects, but they go on for quite a long time perhaps just to prolong the movie's length. As much as I agree that the drama and chemistry between Bumblebee and Charlie is sad to charming and heartwarming, I think it needed to pick up the pace.
Unlike Michael Bay's 5 movies, there aren't many Transformers in the movies to the point you can play a game of remembering how many there are. It's just Bee and 2 Decepticons, no wonder "Transformers" is not in the movie's title. The special effects are mostly limited to just Bee transforming and moving around which I attribute to BUMBLEBEE only getting $102 million and not the usual $200 million - it looks like they spent more money promoting the movie than making it (though that's a common thing in Hollywood blockbusters these days). BUMBLEBEE is kind of like a Bottle Episode. Like most G-Whiners (I'm not a G-Whiner, I loved TF Armada, Animated and Prime and #1 and #3 of Michael Bay's movies), I absolutely loved the opening scenes with the Transformers all back on Cybertron in their G1 cartoon designs, it's like watching WAR FOR CYBERTRON on the big screen.
I also thought that the human characters in the film did start off annoying and dull at first but as the movie progressed I saw a lot of dynamic development in them, especially with Burns going from a mean emotionless guy to a Nice man who knows when to be thankful.
While I will agree that Travis Knight is a director who can ensure better plot and character development in a movie than what we saw back in Transformers: The Last Knight, he did not live up to Michael Bay's ability to achieve in dazzling visual and special effects restricting Bumblebee (the character, I don't necessarily mean the whole movie) to dull settings like a forest, a beach and a garage.
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