Yep. That’s the TF movies series in a nutshell. Sometimes, you just have to turn off your brain.
It’s almost like, it’s not worth trying to rationalise the continuity in the first place when it’s unlikely that anyone writing it actually cared, or something.
So I watched Bumblebee the other day, and I enjoyed it. I didn’t think it was an amazing movie by any means. It was a bit cliche at times IMO, but it definitely was better than all the Bayformer movies I’d seen before it. There was actual weight to everything going, a coherent plot, and no overuse of over sexualized female characters. If they make another one I would potentially watch it.
Honestly I hope they just reboot the entire movies. Bumblebee was a great movie and it’s kinda an insult to call it a prequel to bayformers. Hel; I’d even call it a masterpiece by comparison.
Reading this, I’m just like, “Why do you all hate Bumblebee (the movie)?” It was my introduction to Transformers and I actually liked it quite a lot, compared with everything I’ve heard about the other movies. Also, why the comparison between the plots of the Spiderman movies and the Michael Bay movies? Marvel just fixed that well and good with Doc’ Strange.
But apart from that short rant, I truly enjoyed Bumblebee. It had characters that weren’t mostly stereotypes, Bumblebee acting exactly how I’ve imagined him (see, I didn’t watch the other live-action movies), and Optimus Prime being heroic (though with the disturbing shot where he uses a corpses’ head as a weapon). It had Sector 7 getting an intro to Cybertronians that would easily explain them trying to kill them at any point later in history, and the fun of seeing the two Decepticons tricking everyone on Earth. The only flaws I found in it were the fact that Bumblebee was able to be knocked out and resuscitated using… big stun guns. If Cybertronians are that vulnerable to electricity, why don’t they use it more?
Also, I loved the ending. It’s so fitting to have the other Autobots only get about 2 seconds of background screen time at the end of a movie focusing on Bumblebee. (If you’re wondering what I mean, as the camera pans back toward Charlie at the end of the movie, you can see several escape pods or something similar falling towards the outskirts of San Francisco in the background).
So, that’s my long opinion piece. Have fun with it!
I don’t hate Bumblebee-not one bit. I’m just kind of mad that they developed and released it as a prequel, then went “Uh, actually, it’s a reboot, no connections to the Bayverse.” They gave us one last hurrah for the Bayverse, then completely stomped on that hurrah by trying to convince us it wasn’t part of the Bayverse. Sorry Hasbro, but no. You can’t pull a bait-and-switch like that on us.
Well, given how the originals went, I would think people would like a reboot. After all, no one likes an inappropriate movie targeted towards kids (unless they’re crazy or something). Not reflecting on you, that’s just what I feel like the consensus is on these movies.
I personally enjoyed Bumblebee. I really like how it has lots of good humor in it, and very little foul language – a rarity in modern movies. I also liked how the characters in it took inspiration from their original designs, as well as the previous live-action versions. (Although I did find the scene with Cliffjumper slightly weird due to his very organic looking face.)
Except they’d announced and developed Bumblebee as a spinoff/prequel, and then released it as such. Then they were all “No, no, this is a new universe, totally not part of the old one.” I’m sorry, but I cannot stand for business practices such as that.
Well, I missed that part, so that would explain why I never thought of that argument.