What a waste.

I had a glimmer of hope at the beginning of this film. I got excited when I saw the Autobots and Decepticons doing battle for their planet of Cybertron. I gleefully believed I was in for an enthralling story of these two warring factions…

A hope that was short-lived.

Literally the only good thing about this film are the few fight sequences. The script is horrifically bad. The soundtrack is great but, even so, another film set in the 1980’s? I love everything about that time period, don’t get me wrong, but it is becoming very fashionable and cliche. And in Bumblebee, it feels like a crutch.

The characters here are terrible. Awful. Not a single likable one in the entire film. Our heroine is a rebellious teen that can’t seem to recover from the death of her father and is completely misunderstood and mistreated by everyone she knows. Sound familiar? If that wasn’t banal enough, her favorite movie is The Breakfast Club and her favorite band is The Smiths.

The plot honestly feels like an unnecessary and uninspired rehash of Michael Bay’s Transformers. On top of that, it is extremely inconsistent and laughable. One moment Bumblebee is blowing up soldiers in a rage, and the next moment Agent Burns (John Cena) is thanking the Autobot and calling him a soldier.

Is it unfair to refer to John Cena as a budget Dwayne Johnson at this point?

The attempts at humor fall completely flat throughout. I’m not sure who the target audience was with references such as the Rick Astley meme. Anyone old enough to remember “Rick rolling” no longer finds it funny, or never did in the first place.

Another garbage Transformers film. I will forever lament the epic that shall never be.

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