Screenings With Migs: Bumblebee (Spoiler Free)

What’s going on readers!!! Last night I got to attend a very fun screening of Bumblebee, hosted by Baltimore’s 98 Rock radio station.

They gave merchandise and posters away, and there was a guy in a Bumblebee suit taking pics with the kiddies! It was great. I snagged a poster and a Bumblebee cup. I do love movie memorabilia. Now I have to say that this movie did not blow me away. I can’t even mark it as the “best” Transformers movie. These live action films can’t even come close to topping the animated classic from the 80s, and I’m very partial to Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Do not take those few sentences as negativity though. Bumblebee was an awesome film. It was easy to follow, and Hailee Steinfeld’s character Charlie was likeable and probably relatable to a lot of people who are going to watch this. She wasn’t annoying like Sam (played by Shia LaBeouf in Transformers 1-3) or overwhelmingly corny like Cade (played by Mark Wahlberg in Transformers 4-5). John Cena was the other lead in the movie, and I was not disappointed with him. He surprised me earlier this year with his performance in Blockers, which turned out to be quite funny. He has some humorous moments in Bumblebee. A few of his lines made the audience laugh together. One of the aspects of this movie that stood out and grabbed me was the CGI. OH MY!!!!!! The Transformers looked EXCELLENT!!!!!! Bumblebee features the best effects of this series, hands down! If you saw the trailer, then you caught a glimpse of how much better Optimus Prime looks, as compared to the previous entries. If you go see this, you are in for a treat! Travis Knight, the film’s director, did a good job of moving away from the style of Michael Bay, and establishing his mark on this series. Bumblebee is Knight’s second directing job (his first was Kubo and the Two Strings, which is great, so check that if you haven’t), so I must applaud his and Christina Hodson’s (the film’s writer) efforts. Their work is very well done. I enjoyed the lightheartedness of the script, and the good blend of action and emotional content. I “awwweeeedddddd” out loud during the screening. Couldn’t help it! I saw that Bumblebee is going to be shown in IMAX and Dolby presentations, so check your local theaters. I definitely recommend watching this in a premium format if you have that option available. I look forward to seeing this again in Dolby!

Migs Rodriguez


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