I never thought I’d live to see a Transformers movie that doesn’t blow chunks, but much to my surprise, all it took was moving Michael Bay out of the directors chair. “Bumblebee” is a breath of fresh air, reminding audiences why these robot aliens that can turn into just about anything were so cool in the first place. And while the story feels like “The Iron Giant” mixed with “Independence Day,” the actors add just enough charm to remain invested and the effects are surprisingly great, always making it feel like these robots are really interacting with the cast. Maybe it’s just because I’m so glad to see the Transformers without shaky cam and awful toilet humor, but “Bumblebee” was a lot of fun.
Final Grade: B