BUM­BLE­BEE (PG) Mak­ing the buzz we all want to hear, US, 113 min

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Whoa! How’s this for a Christ­mas present? If you’re a Trans­form­ers fan who has suf­fered through the in­de­struc­tibly inane movie se­ries - risk­ing last­ing dam­age to your pow­ers of au­dio-vis­ual per­cep­tion - then Bum­ble­bee will set ev­ery­thing right. This is not a joke. Some­how, against all odds, this 1980s-set ori­gin story for long­time Trans­form­ers MVP Bum­ble­bee is a pure, play­ful and gen­uinely pleas­ing retro de­light. It has taken the fran­chise more than a decade to get its act to­gether, but fi­nally we get to ex­pe­ri­ence what a Trans­form­ers movie should have been all along. The story kicks off with a dy­namic pro­logue out­lin­ing how a plucky Au­to­bot named B-127 made it all the way from the planet Cy­bertron to a junk­yard on Earth, dis­guised as a yel­low Volk­swa­gen Bee­tle. Rechris­tened Bum­ble­bee by a kindly tomboy teen me­chanic (Hailee Ste­in­feld), our hero is just be­gin­ning to en­joy his new life when some De­cep­ti­con en­e­mies from his past de­cide to pay a visit.

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