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Not just another Transformers movie, 'Bumblebee' takes on the '80s

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LOS ANGELES (CIRCA) — More than 10 years after the first Transformers film, the franchise has taken an unexpected turn and made a classic 1980s sci-fi popcorn movie.

On the run in the year 1987, "Bumblebee," the sixth film in the series, finds the title character taking refuge in a small, California beach town, where he's discovered by an 18-year-old girl, Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld).

"Bumblebee" trailer

Leaning heavily on a tone set by a classic '80s soundtrack, "Bumblebee" serves as less of a prequel to "Transformers" and more of a standalone movie with a sense of heart the other films have lacked.

Names like Steven Spielberg and John Hughes don't often come to mind when discussing Transformers (despite Spielberg executive producing every movie in the series) but "Bumblebee" manages to nail the emotional intersection between growing up in the '80s and having an alien visit you.

Circa chats with John Cena on the 'Bumblebee' red carpet

This tonal shift is in no small part thanks to a new director, Travis Knight, whom you may know from his film "Kubo and the Two Strings," which got him a Best Animated Feature Oscar nomination last year.

In fact, rumors in the industry suggest Spielberg was much more hands-on with this film as opposed to earlier films, guiding Knight in the connection between Steinfeld and the CGI Transformer.

It's no surprise then that "Bumblebee" has a 98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes — by far the best score of the franchise. But whether or not you're a fan of the film series, you can expect even more Transformers in the years to come.

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