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Bumblebee
(2018)
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Paramount Music
(December 21st, 2018)
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Commercial download release only, with lossless option available.
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Buy it... if you desire an intelligent blend of symphonic, choral, and synthetic elements that brings thoughtful thematic development to the franchise, Dario Marianelli's take on the concept surprisingly evocative and balanced.

Avoid it... if you demand the continuance of prior themes in the franchise, this score rebooting the soundtracks with more than a touch of Marianelli's V for Vendetta and other temp-track inspiration leading the way.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,901
WRITTEN 1/21/19
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Bumblebee: (Dario Marianelli) Over the first five live-action "Transformers" films, director and producer Michael Bay managed to alienate many enthusiasts of the first generation cartoon series of the 1980's. His films in the franchise are a mess, with robots too complexly rendered, concepts mangled from their inspiration, and dissatisfying connections to the show that started it all. True enthusiasts were left with only Peter Cullen's legendary voice, along with a few cameos by his counterpart, Frank Welker, to carry their interest. By the late 2010's, however, Paramount sought a reboot of the famous Hasbro toy line concept on the big screen, and one convenient solution for the studio was to set a new series of "Transformers" prequels in the past, recreating the 1980's era and robots of the original cartoon. This manifestation of nostalgia in 2018's Bumblebee was a resounding success with viewers never convinced by Bay's version of the universe, applying Travis Knight as director and returning the robots and their voices to their origins. Very little concept background is supplied in Bumblebee, as the film is primarily concerned with the relationship between the damaged Autobot Bumblebee and a young woman, both alone and relying upon their bond to find family. That said, the short scenes on Cybertron in this film are the true treat, highlighted by the brief but faithful recreations of the forms and voices of favorite villains Soundwave and Shockwave. The bulk of Bumblebee is a character story, however, and one rooted heavily in its era. With the titular character losing his voice early in combat, he uses the radio of his Volkswagen Beetle form to communicate via song lyrics. Thus, songs are inherently a huge part of the film, both as source usage and as an anchor to the soundtrack at large. The selection of songs is all over the map, though they mostly reference 1980's pop culture favorites. A brief inclusion of Stan Bush's "The Touch" during a motivational sequence for the young woman is a funny in-joke, as the song was pivotal in 1986 animated film, The Transformers: The Movie. The sometimes near-constant rotation between songs may be the highlight of the soundtrack as a whole, but there remains significant duty for Dario Marianelli's well-balanced original score as well.



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Average: 3.25 Stars
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Much better review than Southall
DavidN - January 21, 2019, at 7:06 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 57:17
• 1. Cybertron Falls (1:53)
• 2. Bee on the Run (2:18)
• 3. Shutdown (3:45)
• 4. Charlie (3:07)
• 5. Meeting Bumblebee (4:07)
• 6. Dropkick & Shatter Arrive (1:38)
• 7. Chasing Mum (1:56)
• 8. Optimus Prime's Message (2:05)
• 9. Desert Council (2:08)
• 10. Dad's Old Videotapes (1:09)
• 11. Army Meeting (2:37)
• 12. A Diving Volunteer (1:32)
• 13. Pranking Tina (2:13)
• 14. Bee in the Kitchen (2:33)
• 15. Kitchen Chaos (1:45)
• 16. Double Ambush (2:21)
• 17. Charlie Sneaks Out (0:59)
• 18. Death and Resurrection (2:27)
• 19. Bee's Had Enough (5:15)
• 20. Ron's Driving (1:42)
• 21. Marina Tower (2:55)
• 22. Charlie Dives In (2:38)
• 23. Saying Goodbye (2:26)
• 24. Not Quite There (1:48)

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Shockwave's voice, when performed correctly, makes him sound 50% aggrieved, 30% righteous, and 20% constipated.
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