There's A Reason Bumblebee Has His Own Self-Titled Movie

Terri Lee-Sylvester
December 21, 2018 - 7:30 am
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DETROIT (WWJ) - There's a reason Bumblebee has his own self-titled movie.  He's one of the most popular -- if not the most popular of the Transformers.

In Bumblebee, the audience finally gets the chance to see how Bumblebee got his name, how he lost his voice and how he transitioned -- or should I say transformed -- from a bright yellow Volkswagon Beetle to the Camaro that we've all become accustomed to seeing in the Transformers movies.  

It's the year 1987 and Bumblebee, known as B-127, and the Autobots are in the midst of a fierce battle against the Decepticons, which has been raging for centuries.  Just when it seems that the Autobots are finished, B-127 is sent to Earth to find a safe haven for his comrades.  

B-127, as his VW Beetle alter ego, stays safely tucked away in an auto repair yard until he's discovered by 17-year-old Charlie, who, after losing her dad, is going through a very difficult time.  When two Decepticons, Shatter and Dropkick, find Bumblebee, the war stretches from Cybertron to Earth.  

Then, when the Transformers are discovered by a top-secret government agency, the U.S. Military gets involved.  The head of Sector 7 is Jack Burns, who is among the first to come across Bumblebee.  As can be expected with the military, unsure of what threat could be posed by the aliens, Burns and his team swing into action when they find him.

There's no shortage of action in Bumblebee.  That is, in fact, a staple of the Transformers movies and something that fans certainly expect.  However, one of the things that helps set this movie apart and makes it so special is that it's also a heartwarming coming-of-age story, with a touch of romance, some comedy and even  suspense.

Bumblebee is the perfect movie to "transform" the franchise.  While I've been a fan of the Transformers from the beginning, I think this movie is one of the best, if not the best Transformers movie ever and I'm on the edge of my seat waiting to see what comes next!

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