Heart and depth is something many (including yours truly) were expecting from Bumblebee based on the trailers and Travis Knight’s involvement alone. And indeed - Bumblebee brought all the heart you could ask for.
This is unequivocally one of the most touching movies ever to be associated with a blockbuster franchise. It’s very neat overall and it has a mind not like Bay’s movies (the slow bro crowd... they are too, well, bro for this... would have preferred more of the same, so of course they’ll hate it). Sure, Bumblebee’s story may be familiar, but the entire thing is so well done and endearing. Plus it’s a welcome change of pace for a Transformers movie.