Hopes and expectations that it might do something - anything - surprising or interesting are crushed as it opts for a by-the-numbers approach to reducing the cast of characters one-by-one. Amber Heard is worse, looking like a live-action Ariel wannabe who has a tendency to deliver her lines in a monotone. Following a resounding defeat at the hands of his half-brother, Arthur goes on the run with Mera. Adding another layer to the proceedings injects an element of the unexpected but I'm not sure the whole thing hangs together and, even if it does, the perspective is inconsistent. Overlong, talky, filled with meta references, and with a strangely low-energy tone, the movie never fully gels.
That may also have something to do with the film's writers.
Home & Garden
To add a little veteran flavor to the young cast, Cornish has brought in Rebecca Ferguson, who gets to act deliciously wicked, and Patrick Stewart, who appears in three scenes where he looks like he came to the set straight out of bed without shaving. This results in a film that contains some big, interesting ideas but never fully gels. Bumblebee is a Transformers movie for those that hated the previous five. The movie begins with a short prologue set on the Transformers' home world of Cybertron, which has been torn apart by civil war. You play with them regularly and rigorously until, eventually and inevitably, you grow tired of them and move on.