The fifth and most recent “Transformers” film, “Transformers: The Last Knight,” famously aimed to kick off a planned cinematic universe of “Transformers” films including more direct sequels. When it crashed and burned both at the box-office and critically, those plans were shelved with one exception.
That was “Bumblebee,” the 1980s set spin-off which was said to owe its fair share to Brad Bird’s “Iron Giant,” when in actuality it feels more like an Amblin title from the period. That film is finally about to open and reviews have just been released. The result?
Easily it’s the best reviewed “Transformers” film by far, the film clocking up a highly impressive 97% (7.3/10) on Rotten Tomatoes from 30 reviews counted to date. Further reviews are expected to lower that number a bit but in any case it’s a film that everyone seems to at least like. A sample of review quotes:
“As a course correction for the series, pulling the previously complex mythology way back and starting over from scratch, it’s enormously effective.” – William Bibbiani, TheWrap
“‘Bumblebee,’ for its part, has just enough wit, playfulness and charm to develop a voice of its own, which is no small thing in the context of a flashy, lunkheaded studio franchise.” – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
“‘Bumblebee’ is basically the movie that fans of the 1980s animated series wanted all along.” – Peter Debruge, Variety
“But Travis Knight’s spin-off-prequel shrewdly — and successfully — sidelines the mechanics and mythology of its predecessors to focus on the changing emotional conditions of its characters.” – Todd Gilchrist, Moviefone
Despite the success, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventure told Slashfilm this week there’s plans to do another big scale film and: “it is going to be different than the ones that we’ve done before” but stresses this isn’t a reboot and will be in continuity. He also revealed he’s not a fan of the iconic villain Unicron and so probably won’t include the character in the series until he’s forced to.
The score comes as next week’s “Aquaman” sits on a pretty decent 75% (6.3/10) on RT, while this week’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is slaying everything and everyone around it – standing on a stunning score of 99% (9/10).