Iron Herbie
Review by Ross Anthony

If Iron Giant and Herbie: Fully Loaded where to have a baby, Bumblebee would be that baby. Yes, we've seen the "kid adopts an alien" story before, and yes, this film hits all the necessary formula beats; nonetheless, Bumblebee is unique in its beautiful design, humor, and honestly earns its own sentiment. You'll undoubtedly fall in love with this yellow, blue-eyed massive metal robot.

Earlier Transformer movies didn't grab me, but this one connects emotionally. Despite the many scenes of big action robot-to-robot hand-to-hand, giant guns, things getting blown up; ultimately this is a quiet warm movie about a grieving teen and her new puppy, err, I mean robot/car.

Absolutely stellar artistic design, when these machines transform, the visuals are nothing short of stunning. And the way the animators give this mechanical being emotions is absolutely beautiful.

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  • Bumblebee. Copyright © 2019.
  • Starring Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Ortiz, Jason Drucker, Pamela Adlon. Directed by Travis Knight. Written by Christina Hodson. Paramount Pictures.

Grade..........................B+ (2.5/4)

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