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Transformers first-generation fans rejoice! The latest installment of the Transformers franchise has arrived with some amount of originality. Unlike the other films in the series, this film does not focus on how flashy the Transformers can look or the variety of bots that appear.

Instead, it focuses more on the relationship between BumbleBee and an 18-year-old woman, Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld). She is a step up from the pretentious Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf), who seemed to want to impress everyone with his quick thinking in intense situations. Charlie’s main concern is the safety and preservation of BumbleBee, and the advancement of their friendship.

The movie takes place in 1987, prior to the events in the previous movies of the franchise. The war on Cybertron is raging on and Optimus Prime charges Bumblebee with the task of traveling to Earth to establish a base. Little did BumbleBee know that two Decepticons pursued him to Earth and are tracking his whereabouts with the assistance of the U.S. Government. Charlie – a young scrap collector – finds BumbleBee in a scrap yard and takes him home. Once she discovers his true nature, they develop a special friendship – one that both will remember forever. They listen to music, watch movies, go “egging,” and get into high-speed chases. All the while, the two Decepticons are honing in on his signal and are preparing to bring an army to Earth.

Although the film received positive feedback from most critics, I thought it was overrated. It had some good qualities, but it was trying to overcompensate for the fact that the film is not all action. The use of music in this film was so prominent and in-your-face, it failed to bring the movie what it initially aimed to – balance. There were way too many songs and they were all emotionally-charged songs. It felt like the viewer was going through a series of breakups that together lasted approximately two hours. On the plus side – the story was good, the fight scenes were well-choreographed and the transformations to and from vehicle mode in rapid succession were wicked cool. Overall, it was worth the watch but there’s no urgency to see it. Wait for this on DVD.

Genre: Action/Sci-Fi
Rating: 3.5/5

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