Travis Knight (2018)

PG Certificate
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This Transformers origin story-cum-prequel mixes The Iron Giant with The Love Bug, as the massive but lovable robot of the title takes refuge in 1980s San Francisco, where he is befriended by teenage girl (Hailee Steinfeld) after taking the form of a Volkswagen Beetle. Battered and on the verge of collapse after escaping from his home planet, Bumblebee encounters all manner of fun-filled high jinks while adapting to life on Earth, but evil pursuers are closing in. Less dependent on the bangs and crashes of the earlier Transformers films helmed by Michael Bay, it's a much warmer, family-friendly affair, as director Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings) delivers a succession of well-executed laughs and sight gags, with splendid human support from Steinfeld, John Cena and Pamela Adlon. There's more than enough mayhem for movie fans with an appetite for destruction, but the core story possesses the heart of a Steven Spielberg crowd-pleaser.


In 1987, Californian teenager Charlie Watson is traumatised by the death of her father, while her mother Sally and new boyfriend Ron leaves her feeling even more alone. For her 18th-birthday she's given a yellow Volkswagen Beetle, which turns out to be the battle-scarred Autobot Bumblebee. Transformers prequel, starring Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena and Jorge Lendeborg Jr.

Cast & Crew

Charlie Watson Hailee Steinfeld
Agent Jack Burns John Cena
Bumblebee Dylan O'Brien (1)
Memo Jorge Lendeborg Jr
Optimus Prime Peter Cullen
Shatter Angela Bassett
Dropkick Justin Theroux
Mrs Watson Pamela Adlon
Agent Powell John Ortiz (1)
The Mean Girl Vanessa Ross
Amber Megyn Price
Director Travis Knight
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Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountReleased on: 26 Dec 2018