Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Jason Drucker, Kenneth Choi, Gracie Dzienny, Rachel Crow and Pamela Adlon
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Action adventure sci-fi prequel to the Transformers movie series, directed by Travis Knight. The story takes place in 1987 where Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. A teenage girl named Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld), who is trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow Volkswagen Beetle.
Our Favorite Quotes:'People can be terrible about things they don't understand.' - Charlie Watson (Bumblebee) Click To Tweet 'The darkest nights produce the brightest stars.' - Memo (Bumblebee) Click To Tweet
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 28)
[first lines; referring to the Decepticons]
Ratchet: They’ve broken through the front lines!
Arcee: I‘ve lost contact with the capital!
Wheeljack: There’s too many of them!
Brawn: Stand fast!
Optimus Prime: [to Bumblebee] I found a planet that’s well hidden. Earth. You will travel there and establish a base for us. Once we’ve gathered the others, we’ll join you. You must protect the planet. If the Decepticons find it, then our people are truly finished.
Blitzwing: Tell me where your friends are hiding.
Bumblebee: I’ll never talk.
Blitzwing: Is that right? Then let’s make it official.
[he tears out out Bumblebee’s voice box and drops him off the edge of the cliff]
Charlie Watson: I want the Beetle.
Uncle Hank: What?
Charlie Watson: The yellow Beetle, I want it. I’ll make you a deal. If I get that thing started, it’s mine.
Uncle Hank: That’s no deal. That’s just you taking my car.
Charlie Watson: If I get it started, I keep it and I work here every day for a year. I’ll scrub the grease off the floors, okay? I will pick up and organize every scrap of paper in this place. I’ll even detail your horrible, disgusting toilets. Please. It’s my birthday.
Uncle Hank: Sorry, no deal. Because we ain’t hiring.
[Charlie looks devastated]
Uncle Hank: It’s yours, kid. Happy birthday.
Charlie Watson: [shocked] Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
[Charlies turns and starts to leave]
Uncle Hank: And my toilets are gorgeous.
[after watching Bumblebee transform]
Charlie Watson: Oh, God, are you… Do you speak?
[Bumblebee sees the wrench in her hand, and stands back in fear, Charlie puts the wrench away and holds up her hands]
Charlie Watson: I won’t hurt you.
[Bumblebee looks at her hands, then leans his face into her hands]
Charlie Watson: Can you understand me?
Charlie Watson: What are you? Where did you come from?
[Bumblebee pulls back]
Charlie Watson: Okay. It’s okay.
[Bumblebee points at her]
Charlie Watson: You like my shirt? You a metal fan?
[Bumblebee shakes his head]
Charlie Watson: No, wait…
[Bumblebee points at her again]
Charlie Watson: Oh, who? Me? Who am I?
Charlie Watson: Oh, I’m Charlie. Charlie Watson. I’m eighteen. Today. Actually, it’s my birthday today.
Charlie Watson: What’s your name?
[Bumblebee shakes his head]
Charlie Watson: You don’t know, or you don’t have a name?
[Bumblee looks away sadly]
Charlie Watson: You sound like a little bumblebee. I’m going to call you that from now on. Bumblebee. Matches your outfit too.
[as Bumblebee starts to pat her hair to get rid of the sand in her hair]
Charlie Watson: Oh, I’m good. Yeah, I’m good, thanks.
Charlie Watson: Look, people can be terrible about things they don’t understand. If they find you, they’ll probably lock you up in a lab somewhere and cut you into tiny little pieces. It’ll be bad, trust me. The only person you can show yourself around is me, okay?
Charlie Watson: So let’s practice. You ready?
Charlie Watson: If you see anyone besides me, what do you do?
[Bumblebee transforms into his VW Beetle form]
Charlie Watson: Great. Perfect. Come back now.
[he transforms back]
Shatter: We have a common enemy, Agent Burns. There’s a war raging on our planet. If B-127 isn’t found, that war may find its way here.
Dr. Powell: Perhaps we can find a way to help one another.
Charlie Watson: [to Bumblebee] Must suck being cooped up in a VW all day, huh? Is there anyone that can help you? Do you have a family? You know, like a mom, dad, siblings? You all love each other? Or drive each other crazy and you can’t wait to get away and start a whole new life.
[after Charlie unlocks a message from Optimus]
Optimus Prime: B-127, I pray this message finds you. Our war rages on. Planet Earth… Survival…
Charlie Watson: You know, Bee, music can help you say what you’re feeling.
[she picks up tape from The Smiths]
Charlie Watson: You’re going to love this. It’s brand new.
[she enters a cassette tape into his music player and they listen to The Smiths “Girlfriend in a Coma”, Bumblebee ejects the tape and tosses it away]
Charlie Watson: Not a Smiths fan. Okay, um, here. Try this.
[she enters another tape into his music player, we hear Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up, immediately Bumblebee ejects the tape and tosses it away]
Charlie Watson: Fine.
Dr. Powell: It could be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Can you imagine the advances an alliance
with these creatures might bring?
Agent Burns: I imagine the advances. An advance on Washington. New York. An advance on Chicago!
Dr. Powell: That’s not going to happen.
Agent Burns: They literally call themselves Decepticons. That doesn’t set off any red flags?
[referring to Bumblebee]
Memo: So you have no idea where he came from?
Charlie Watson: No idea.
Memo: You thought about calling the cops?
Charlie Watson: What are they going to do, Memo? They’re just going to send him away to a lab and do weird science experiments on him.
[just then the radio starts playing “Weird Science”]
Charlie Watson: You’re getting pretty good with that radio dial, Bee.
Memo: DJ Bumble in the house! Woo-woo!
[after Bumblebee accidentally destroys Charlie’s home]
Charlie Watson: I am so screwed.
Agent Burns: No, don’t run. Do not run!
[Bumblebee picks up Charlie and runs off with her]
Agent Burns: She ran.
Memo: You know, there’s this quote that I like. “The darkest nights produce the brightest stars.”
Charlie Watson: That’s nice.
Memo: My mom got it from Weight Watchers.
[as Shatter and Dropkick torture Bumblebee they bring up Optimus’s message]
Optimus Prime: We will fight on. Regroup, rebuild, and retake our home. But we must find refuge first. You will travel to Earth. Once we’ve gathered the others, we’ll join you. You must protect the planet. If the Decepticons find it, then our people are truly finished. Stay safe, soldier. I am coming.
[to his men; referring to Bumblebee]
Agent Burns: Take it down!
Charlie Watson: No, stop! Stop it!
Agent Burns: Contain it and dismantle it! Strip it down to parts!
Charlie Watson: Leave him alone! You don’t understand.
[as Bumblebee is being dragged away]
Charlie Watson: Fight back, Bee! Bee!
Agent Burns: Kid, stop! It’s a machine!
Charlie Watson: He’s more human than you’ll ever be!
Agent Burns: That is enough!
[Burns knocks Charlie down, Bumblebee sees Charlies on the ground, he manages to stand, towering over Burns]
Agent Burns: Oh, shit.
[he knocks Burns aside]
[Charlies kisses Memo on the cheek]
Memo: You kissed me?
Charlie Watson: On the cheek.
Memo: Still counts.
[Charlie gets into Bumblebee as the yellow Volkswagen Beetle and drives off]
Memo: Still counts.
Sally: Ron! We have a kid in the car!
Ron: I was trying to save the other kid! What was I… It was a lose-lose.
Sally: Otis? Otis, are you alright?
Otis: That was radical.
[he then vomits]
Charlie Watson: Okay. What’s the plan?
[Bumblee opens a large trash compartment and picks up Charlie]
Charlie Watson: This is the plan?
[he puts Charlies in the trash compartment]
Charlie Watson: I hate this plan. Bee, I want to help.
Charlie Watson: Bee, I can’t go with you. You’ve got people out there that need you. And so do I.
[she touches his face as she cries]
Charlie Watson: I got to let you go.
[Bumblebee replies using voices on the radio]
Bumblebee: Thank you so much for giving me my voice.
Charlie Watson: Thank you for making me feel like me again. I’ll never forget you.
[she embraces him]
Charlie Watson: Goodbye, Bumblebee.
[overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, Bumblebee scans a Chevrolet Camaro and transforms into a yellow version]
Charlie Watson: No way. Are you kidding me? Are you telling me you could’ve been a Camaro this whole time? Oh, my God!
[the engine starts and the radio starts playing Simple Minds “Don’t You Forget About Me” as Bumblebee drives away]
Optimus Prime: Old friend, you kept this planet safe. Because of you, we have a future, B-127.
[Bumblebee replies using the vioces on the radio and finally Charlie’s voice]
Bumblebee: My name is Bumblebee.
Total Quotes: 28
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