On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.
Considering what we’ve had to endure with the more current Transformers tales, it’s nice that Paramount is allowing the series to take a step back and show us where these characters came from. While I love that they’re going back to the classic VW Bug, it is a little surprising that this Transformers origin will seemingly take a note from some of the previous films by having to revive a battered and broken Bumblebee. Transformers 4 saw Mark Wahlberg revive Optimus Prime before people came to blow them up and Dinobots.
Nevertheless, by taking the film back to 1987, it could be just the thing to rejuvenate a franchise that has become exhausted. Perhaps we’ll see how Bumblebee damaged his communicator, and why it took so long to fix, along with tons of classic cars or Robots in Disguise. However, the most important thing that we should get from 1987 will be what I believe will be an amazing soundtrack. If you loved Linkin Park blaring in inopportune moments, get ready for 1987 classics like U2’s I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For or Michael Jackson’s Bad. Although, we all know the song that will be featured the most, 1987’s You Got the Touch by Stan Bush!
Bumblebee is directed by Travis Knight and will release in theaters December 21, 2018, starring Hailee Steinfeld, Pamela Adlon, John Cena, Stephen Schneider, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Jason Drucker, Kenneth Cho, Ricardo Hoyos, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, and Grace Dzienny.