‘Transformers: Rise of The Beasts’ Review.

The Maximals are finally joining the Transformers party. With the 7th addition to the franchise, Steven Caple Jr. is still able to keep things new and fresh.

During the ‘90s, a new faction of Transformers – the Maximals – join the Autobots as allies in the battle for Earth

It feels like I’ve waited my whole life to see the Maximals in live-action. They were actually the first introduction to the Transformers franchise with the incredible ‘90s cartoon Beast Wars. Just an all time cartoon from my childhood, that still holds up to this day. Introducing me to all sorts of awesome characters, most importantly Optimus Primal, Rattrap, Cheetor and Rhinox. These are characters that I grew up not only watching but playing with as well (had all the action figures). So back in 2007 when the first Transformers film came out I actually got reintroduced to a whole new slew of Autobots and Deceptions. I was so happy to hear that the Maximals were finally coming into the mix with the newest outing and they didn’t disappoint. One of the biggest gripes with the movie? Not enough Maximals!

Hitching off the success of Bumblebee, Rise of The Beasts finds ourselves now in the ‘90s and a new threat is heading towards Earth. One throw away line tells us that this is in fact a sequel to Bumblebee even with the absence of Hailee Steinfeld. So years later we still have Autobots living among us and when Unicron (Coleman Domingo) comes a knocking it’s up to them and the hidden Maximals to save life on Earth. Like always the best part of these movies is the Transformers, the movie starts off by introducing us to the Maximals and how they arrived on Earth. It’s just all Transformers, not a human in sight. It’s not when we get introduced to humans do these movies get away from us. In comes Noah Diaz (Anthony Ramos) and Elena Wallace (Dominique Fishback). That’s the hardest thing to pull off with these movies the balance between the human story and Transformers side of things. We all want as much robot action as possible, in fact I think a movie that took place elsewhere with just Transformers could work really well. The two human leads are not the worst part of the movie and when it comes to humans in this franchise, they rank pretty high up there. Both had spunk, and gave decent emotional and captivating performances. Just sometimes you want them to get the hell out of the way and let the Transformers do all the heavy lifting, but of course they always need to be the ones to “save the day.”

The legend Peter Cullen returns as Optimus Prime, who’s been doing extraordinary voice acting for almost 40 years now. I did love that they kind of made Optimus an asshole in this. Something we haven’t seen before. A time before he trusted humans, it was cool to see another side of his character. Legit just shit kicking robots and giving attitude, my kind of Optimus. Ron Perlman voiced his equal with Optimus Primal, and I won’t even lie, we got some really fantastic voice work in this thing. Standout is newcomer Mirage voiced by Pete Davidson who really shined in every scene he was in. We had the newly Queen of the Oscars Michelle Yeoh voicing Airazor and Peter Dinklage rounds out the cast as Scourge, the films main baddie. It’s the 7th one, by now you should know these movies are ridiculous, but I have a soft spot in my heart for giant robots fighting. But I’ll admit this is on the higher end of the list. It flies by, the action is great, some big laughs and the movie does pack somewhat of an emotional punch. It just feels more compact and less hectic than the Bayhem we used to get with Michael Bay directing. But when that was good, the franchise has never been better. I do miss the colour, this movie felt so grey and bleak at times, especially during the 3rd act climatic battle.

Overall I had fun with this. Gripes are not enough Maximals and I wish the 3rd act was a little more lively. Interesting final scene to this movie, which I won’t spoil but it means an expanding future for the franchise. I’m sure this won’t be a massive box-office hit but they always do well enough to get another kick at the can. So bring on the next one, because I will simply be watching these movies until the day I die

Transformers: Rise of The Beasts = 73/100

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