The latest entry in the live-action Transformers series, Bumblebee, has been Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. This new film is the sixth entry in the franchise and is the only entry to receive this much critical acclaim. The film is an 80s-set prequel that focuses on the titular Autobot, Bumblebee, and will arrive in theaters worldwide this weekend.
Arriving only a year and a half after last summer's Transformers: The Last Knight, which was poorly received by critics and moviegoers alike, Bumblebee looks to separate itself from the previous installments. Taking place in 1987, this film will serve as an origin story for the Autobots' second in command, who has found refuge in a California junkyard. Recently, executive producer Steven Spielberg was revealed as the one responsible for this much-needed change of direction in the Transformers series. While the previous films managed to attract an audience at the box office, they failed to get the reception that Bumblebee is currently receiving.
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Paramount's newest addition in the Transformers universe has officially been Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. The film currently sits at a 94 percent based on 107 reviews, making it the most well-received entry in the blockbuster franchise since its inception, and the only to be Certified Fresh. While Bumblebee may not be receiving the same box office opening as its predecessors, it will more than likely continue to hold the strongest critical reception for any Transformers film since Michael Bay's original. Rotten Tomatoes broke the news on their Twitter account, and at the time the film was sitting at a 93 percent based on 83 reviews.
Bumblebee is directed by Travis Knight, who is the first director at the helm since Bay decided to step away. In the film, Bumblebee, a battle-scarred Autobot, is found by a teenage girl named Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld). Upon discovery, the two develop a connection with each other, and Charlie assists the beloved alien in his ongoing battle against the Decepticons. The cast also includes Jason Drucker, Abby Quinn, Ricardo Hoyos, Gracie Dzienny, Rachel Crow, and WWE veteran John Cena.
This will be a refreshing moment for fans of the franchise who were let down by the previous Transformers entries, or any film that followed after Bay's original 2007 movie. Many of those fans have grown frustrated with the series and its consistency to not deliver a quality movie. Knight taking over Bay's role may have been the best course of action for the series' livelihood moving forward. Bumblebee is looking to bring some much needed and welcomed "humor and heart" into this stagnant franchise.
Source: Rotten Tomatoes
- Bumblebee (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018