The franchise is bordering on parody at this point, defying all laws of gravity, physics and logic.
“Bumblebee” is a family-friendly, energetic surprise that injects fresh new life into the abysmal franchise.
It tries so hard to be progressive by flipping the script from horny teenage boys to horny teenage girls, but the gender-swapped spin still feels old and stale.
When things veer into heavy territory, comic relief quickly enters from stage left at just the right moment.
This narrow, effective, and cynical war movie proves that filmmakers don’t always need a huge budget or pricey movie stars to make something substantial and worthwhile.