Bumblebee ★★★★

I had no idea it would be set in the 80's. Makes the whole thing better, and gives the whole film a veneer that lets me believe it more readily.

Extremely well filmed, and the show makes excellent use of its undeniably talented female lead. She was the best thing about True Grit, and she nails this less severe role, too.

The Bumblebee character is easy to love, and the throwbacks to 80's music and culture somehow doesn't come off as cheesy. The animated film fans will crap their pants at one particular scene involving Bumblebee playing a song on his radio.

All up, still a kids film, but in the best possible way.