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Bumblebee
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:04 pm
  • Saw this movie last night. It's very clear that the creative team behind this film loved this property and set about to fix everything Michael Bay screwed up. This film is easily the best Transformers movie, even though that's not saying much. It's nice to see a teenage female lead not being over-sexualized and eye-banged by the camera for 2 hours, and it's incredibly sad that that has to be a point in favor of this film. I appreciate that this movie didn't lean into cliches too hard and actually made likable characters with believable motives. It does have a couple plot issues and it's not perfect. That said, this is an enjoyable movie, definitely worth seeing. 7/10.
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Re: Bumblebee
Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:59 am
  • So here's where I'm confused I guess. Is this a prequel or a straight up reboot? I'm typing this and realizing I can just do a quick Google search, lol.

    It's a prequel. That makes absolutely no sense to me and feels like a slap in the face. I would feel different if this was a reboot, but as I figured and the main reason I'll likely not watch it, it is not.
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Re: Bumblebee
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:19 am
  • City Of Reign wrote: That makes absolutely no sense to me and feels like a slap in the face.


    I tend to judge more simply by the quality of the movie. If the prequel is better than the first movies, I'll watch it.
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Re: Bumblebee
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:30 am
  • I just refuse to support franchises like this at the box office. Makes it tough when I keep reading that this movie was actually done right, though.
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Re: Bumblebee
Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:09 pm
  • City Of Reign wrote:So here's where I'm confused I guess. Is this a prequel or a straight up reboot? I'm typing this and realizing I can just do a quick Google search, lol.

    It's a prequel. That makes absolutely no sense to me and feels like a slap in the face. I would feel different if this was a reboot, but as I figured and the main reason I'll likely not watch it, it is not.


    It's supposed to be a prequel, but it actively contradicts the earlier ones. The only reason this doesn't bother me is because the others all suck.
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Re: Bumblebee
Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:14 pm
  • JGfromtheNW wrote:I just refuse to support franchises like this at the box office. Makes it tough when I keep reading that this movie was actually done right, though.


    It was done right. It's a good movie.
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Re: Bumblebee
Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:57 pm
  • Finally had a chance to watch this now that it's available on digital.

    My take, it's a pretty ok cgi-heavy popcorn action flick that relies heavily on nostalgia, but takes good advantage of that and executes it fairly well, with the soundtrack in particular. Hailee Steinfeld is charming and carries the movie. John Cena didn't ruin it but that role could have been played by just about any "military guy" actor. Pamela Adlon was a welcome surprise and plays the mom role about exactly how she always does. Nobody else really stands out, most of the other characters are forgettable, although the little brother is funny a couple of times. I was happy to see them mostly stay away from the necessary "peepee jokes" that are typically overused and abundant in these Transformers movies. I just don't need that stuff in there.

    Is it better than most of the recent offerings from the Transformers franchise? Sure. Is it still falling well short of what I'd like to see from the franchise? Yes, absolutely. Michael Bay seems hellbent on sticking with his version of the Transformers, even if they went back to the more classic style from the original cartoon that we grew up with. It was better but still not particularly satisfying.

    Do I think Rotten Tomatoes is crazy for rating it at 93%? Yeah. I don't see how it gets a score like that. Even the 77% audience score is a little high for my taste. I'd put it somewhere around 60-65% maybe, and even that is probably relative based on how bad the rest of the movies in the franchise have been.
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Re: Bumblebee
Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:21 pm
  • Zebulon Dak wrote:Finally had a chance to watch this now that it's available on digital.

    My take, it's a pretty ok cgi-heavy popcorn action flick that relies heavily on nostalgia, but takes good advantage of that and executes it fairly well, with the soundtrack in particular. Hailee Steinfeld is charming and carries the movie. John Cena didn't ruin it but that role could have been played by just about any "military guy" actor. Pamela Adlon was a welcome surprise and plays the mom role about exactly how she always does. Nobody else really stands out, most of the other characters are forgettable, although the little brother is funny a couple of times. I was happy to see them mostly stay away from the necessary "peepee jokes" that are typically overused and abundant in these Transformers movies. I just don't need that stuff in there.

    Is it better than most of the recent offerings from the Transformers franchise? Sure. Is it still falling well short of what I'd like to see from the franchise? Yes, absolutely. Michael Bay seems hellbent on sticking with his version of the Transformers, even if they went back to the more classic style from the original cartoon that we grew up with. It was better but still not particularly satisfying.

    Do I think Rotten Tomatoes is crazy for rating it at 93%? Yeah. I don't see how it gets a score like that. Even the 77% audience score is a little high for my taste. I'd put it somewhere around 60-65% maybe, and even that is probably relative based on how bad the rest of the movies in the franchise have been.


    The Tomatometer is a binary system that is equivalent to the classic Siskel & Ebert 'thumbs up/down' system. It doesn't read nuance in the critic's reviews. A far more accurate read of the film critically would be to click on 'more info' right below the tomatometer and look up the average rating, which averages out the various rating systems each critic uses and applies it to a 1-10 scale. While Bumblebee received 93% on the tomatometer, it only scored 6.99/10 on the average rating.

    Check it out, if you want: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bumblebee
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Re: Bumblebee
Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:45 pm
  • Maulbert wrote:
    Zebulon Dak wrote:Finally had a chance to watch this now that it's available on digital.

    My take, it's a pretty ok cgi-heavy popcorn action flick that relies heavily on nostalgia, but takes good advantage of that and executes it fairly well, with the soundtrack in particular. Hailee Steinfeld is charming and carries the movie. John Cena didn't ruin it but that role could have been played by just about any "military guy" actor. Pamela Adlon was a welcome surprise and plays the mom role about exactly how she always does. Nobody else really stands out, most of the other characters are forgettable, although the little brother is funny a couple of times. I was happy to see them mostly stay away from the necessary "peepee jokes" that are typically overused and abundant in these Transformers movies. I just don't need that stuff in there.

    Is it better than most of the recent offerings from the Transformers franchise? Sure. Is it still falling well short of what I'd like to see from the franchise? Yes, absolutely. Michael Bay seems hellbent on sticking with his version of the Transformers, even if they went back to the more classic style from the original cartoon that we grew up with. It was better but still not particularly satisfying.

    Do I think Rotten Tomatoes is crazy for rating it at 93%? Yeah. I don't see how it gets a score like that. Even the 77% audience score is a little high for my taste. I'd put it somewhere around 60-65% maybe, and even that is probably relative based on how bad the rest of the movies in the franchise have been.


    The Tomatometer is a binary system that is equivalent to the classic Siskel & Ebert 'thumbs up/down' system. It doesn't read nuance in the critic's reviews. A far more accurate read of the film critically would be to click on 'more info' right below the tomatometer and look up the average rating, which averages out the various rating systems each critic uses and applies it to a 1-10 scale. While Bumblebee received 93% on the tomatometer, it only scored 6.99/10 on the average rating.

    Check it out, if you want: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bumblebee


    Ahhhhh, I see. I never knew that was how they got the scores. That can actually be pretty misleading if you don't know that.
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Re: Bumblebee
Thu Apr 04, 2019 5:17 am
  • I only read the audience reviews. Critics hated Alita Battle Angel and us fans loved it.
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