Holly on Hollywood
by Holly McClure
BUMBLEBEE takes place in 1987 when, on her 18th birthday, Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) finds an old yellow Volkswagen Beetle in a junkyard and fixes it for her first car. Soon the car transforms into a transformer that Charlie names Bumblebee. She discovers the Transformer was sent from the Cybertron leader Optimus Prime – to avoid their enemy, the Decepticons. When two Decepticon enforcers (voiced by Angela Bassett and Justin Theroux) come to Earth to find Bumblebee – he has to battle not only the decepticons but government agents John Cena and John Ortiz.
The PG-13 action adventure has mild language, lots of big fight scenes between Transformers and humans, explosions and destruction. But it’s the heart and relationship that Steinfield brings to Charlie, that gives the story a warmth, depth, and charm, that pre-teens to adults will enjoy. Charlie begins the story grieving her late father’s death and miserably tolerating her mom and step-dad. But finding Bumblebee transforms her from a lost teen to a happy, gutsy hero. Charlie instantly connects with the voiceless, shy alien, introducing him to ’80s movies and music, which he uses to speak for him. Charlie’s sidekick is her nerdy neighbor and together they fight for Bumblebee. I enjoyed this coming-of-age story that is a different kind of Transformer story but one of my favorites in the series to date – I hope there’s a sequel!
~Holly On Hollywood~
Holly_McClureHolly McClure is a multimedia personality with a career that spans over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Her background as a film critic, film and television producer, creative director, filmographer, radio and television host, author and pundit for family values, has established her expertise and made her a recognized advocate for family-friendly entertainment.
Holly was the first family film critic syndicated in over 365 newspapers with The Orange County Register. Her “Holly on Hollywood” movie reviews have been featured on TBN, Daystar and can now be seen on Uplift TV, The Word Network, UANetwork, Parables.tv and other affiliates.
In 2002, Mel Gibson asked Holly to come to Italy and film the behind-the-scenes interviews for The Passion of the Christ. She produced a one hour special, The Making of The Passion of the Christ (TBN, ION) and has since produced numerous press features for films like; Do You Believe, Dancer and the Dame, God’s Not Dead, The Frontier Boys, House, Thr3e, One Night With the King, Midnight Clear, The Visitation, Hangman’s Curse and others.
Holly is a charter member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and serves on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation and The Parents Television Council. She is a proud mother, grandmother, mentor and Christian, and passionate about supporting and creating life-changing entertainment!
For more information visit Hollymcclure.com or IMDB.com