The original Transformers movie was memorable because of the audience’s attachment to the human characters. Despite Shia LaBeouf’s ups and downs in his career, viewers still appreciated his portrayal of Sam Witwicky. Additionally, Megan Fox’s performance as Mikaela Banes and the characters of Sam’s parents were also well-received.
During the course of the movie, around the third scene, the emphasis shifted towards creating grandiose action sequences and they seemed to have lost track of their initial intention.
The movie Transformers: The Last Knight did not receive a positive response from viewers, indicating the need for a revamp.
With the release of Bumblebee in 2018, the creators once again realized that the most compelling Transformers stories are those that prioritize relationships over overwhelming action sequences.
Fast forward to 2023 and Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is ready to hit theaters.
In my opinion, Rise of the Beasts stands out as the best Transformers movie since the original, mainly because it places a strong emphasis on the human narrative right from the start.
The exceptional performances by the actors portraying Noah Diaz (Anthony Ramos) and Elena Wallace (Dominique Fishback) were truly impressive. In particular, Ramos’ charm, though different from LaBeouf’s, was captivating and leaves you wanting to see him in any movie, not just a Transformer film.
The movie’s plot is not too complex and is similar to other Transformers films. The story revolves around a special device that could potentially transport the Transformers back to their home. However, it is first obtained by Diaz and Wallace, and later falls into the hands of the villainous Terrorcons, led by Unicron, who seeks to destroy the world.
The adventure kicks off with some jet setting. This Autobots team is a lot more enjoyable than previous ones, although Optimus Prime can still be a bit cranky for my taste. However, I must say that Mirage, voiced by Pete Davidson, stole the show as the star of the team.
The movie was highly entertaining and had one of the most impressive post-credit scenes I’ve seen in a while. I recommend sticking around until the very end of the film.
8 out of 10 BSO Stars