In just over two weeks, Transformers prequel/spin-off movie, Bumblebee arrives in cinemas. The movie – directed by Travis Knight – stars Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena and details the early adventures of the fan-favourite Autobot, Bumblebee in a solo adventure.

Is it any good?

Well, a preview screening has taken place and you may be happy to know, the initial buzz is pretty good!

Here’s what’s being said:

  • Perri Nemiroff of Collider, said: “#Bumblebee is the best Transformers movie – BY FAR. Beautifully shot, tons of spot-on humor and absolutely brimming with heart. No surprise here but Hailee Steinfeld is fantastic. The whole thing is just an utter delight!”
  • Peter Debruge of Variety called Bumblebee a “relatively enjoyable” movie describing it as an “elaborate homage to Amblin” – the production company co-founded by Steven Spielberg.
  • Phil Hoad of the Guardian, awarded Bumblebee three stars (out of five), also noting the Spielberg influences. He said: “With a new director at the helm, the standard Transformers crassness has been replaced by a sweetness reminiscent of classic Spielberg.”
  • James Dyer of Empire awarded Bumblebee four stars (out of five) and once again noted the Amblin/Spielberg influences. He said: “Knight has served up a gleeful romp with wit, warmth and a whole lot of heart. It’s taken six movies to get here, but we finally have a Transformers film that’s more than meets the eye.”
  • And finally, Jim Vejvoda of IGN awarded Bumblebee a score of 7.0 (out of 10) and called the film “a much needed tuneup.” He said: “Bumblebee is the best live-action Transformers movie since the 2007 film, even though it doesn’t quite recapture the wow factor of seeing the robots in disguise come to life that very first time. But it does wisely bring the series back to basics in its character-driven storytelling and simplified approaches to both Transformer designs and visual effects, and by jettisoning the excess and nonsensical storytelling that had come to define the franchise. It was nice to enjoy a Transformers movie again.”

So, there you have it – the general feeling is that Bumblebee is an improvement on the Transformers sequels and a fairly enjoyable movie to boot.

For more review round-ups and reactions to recent releases, check out past editions of The Great Stampede which have focused on Spider-man: Intothe Spider-VerseAquamanRalph Breaks the InternetCreed IIVenomHalloweenThe PredatorThe MegTeen Titans GO! to the MoviesMamma Mia! Here We Go AgainMission: Impossible – Fallout SkyscraperWhitneyThe First PurgeAnt-Man and the WaspThe Incredibles 2Ocean’s 8Jurassic World: Fallen KingdomHereditarySolo: A Star Wars StoryDeadpool 2Batman NinjaAvengers: Infinity WarRampageA Quiet PlaceIsle of DogsTomb RaiderReady Player OneLove, SimonA Wrinkle in TimeAnnihilationThe Shape of Water and Black Panther.