There’s nothing mellow about this yellow fellow. Get ready for the ride of a lifetime with everybody’s favourite Transformer
Having made a number of star turns in previous Transformers films, Bumblebee is now finally a movie star in his own right. His self-titled movie has already been called by many the best in the franchise so far, and has even been hailed in some corners as the best romantic comedy of 2018 – yep, really!
The film was originally developed as a spin-off and prequel, but later referred to as a reboot, and it’s safe to say Bumblebee himself has experienced another kind of confusion over the years; appearing as a Cybertronian car, a yellow jeep, a Volkswagen Beetle and a Chevrolet Camaro!
The year is 1987 and our hero is in hiding in a junkyard in California. However, he’s soon discovered by teenage auto enthusiast Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), who sets about restoring what she believes to be just another old banger. When she realises the car’s true nature, she’s thrilled – that is, until the pair are marked for capture by a shady government agency.
Cue more Autobot action than you can shake a monkey wrench at, and some truly touching moments between the titular bot and his mechanic turned friend. Plus, thanks to the 80s setting, the film is accompanied by a cracking soundtrack featuring hits from some of the biggest artists of the era, including Tears For Fears and Simple Minds.
In celebration of Bumblebee becoming available to buy on the Virgin Media Store, we’ve rounded up some of his best bits below.
Warning. Serious spoilers follow!
You’d have to be made of stone to not be moved when Charlie first encounters Bumblebee in all his glory after helping to restore him. She edges closer to the initially timid Autobot, before softly asking, “What are you? Where did you come from?”, prompting our hero to simply point at Charlie. We’re not crying, you’re crying!
Transformers: The Last Knight
The long-standing bond between Optimus Prime and Bumblebee isn’t referenced often, but it comes to the fore in a big way here. Under the control of the evil Quintessa, Optimus attacks and injures Bumblebee. Yet just as he moves in for the kill, his yellow chum says, “I am Bumblebee, your oldest friend. I would lay my life down for you”, breaking the spell Optimus was under. Phew!
Transformers: Age Of Extinction
This 2014 film is filled with some of Bumblebee’s funniest moments, but the one that stands out is his first meeting with the human-designed transformer Stinger. Stinger is said to be “inspired by Bumblebee, but better in every way”. Bold words indeed, the power of which is immediately lost when our Autobot proceeds to drop-kick Stinger and remark that he hates “cheap knock-offs”. Ouch!
Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen
Autobot twins Skids and Mudflap, who appear in this film, received a mixed reception from fans, with the negative backlash allegedly driving director Michael Bay to drop them from the sequel Transformers: Dark Of The Moon. At least Bumblebee got to do what many would probably like to do given half the chance – knock their heads together!
Bumblebee shows that even robots get a little self-conscious sometimes when Mikaela (Megan Fox) makes a derogatory comment about his appearance. Offended, he promptly swaps out his customised Camaro shell for a far slicker iteration. Rumours that he asked, “Does my Bumb look big in this?” off camera have yet to be confirmed…
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