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Transformers: Rise Of The Beasts No Spoilers Review - Big Bot Action, Little Substance

There really isn't a lot to spoil for Transformers: Rise Of The Beasts because we've seen most of it in the exhausting number of previews. Depending on how much you have followed the marketing, the only new things you may see are the handful of plot elements in the film play out. This is good news and bad news, as the movie is loaded with robot action, but it's a rather small party focused on the same characters we've already met in the previews and Hasbro's toys at retail.

Basically, what we get is a classic "War of the Worlds" story without apologies. It is engaging, and the fight scenes are good, but it does feel uneven in some places. Anyone who's watched a lot of Transformers shows knows the human elements always feel awkward in the scope, and scale of things. For me, Rise Of The Beasts lacks the most in this regard. The acting sometimes felt unconvincing, especially for the humans, who feel out of place at times. I won't go into details on who and why, as I am sure everyone will feel differently about how each character was portrayed, or not, as some only have a few lines of dialog. Sadly, Rise suffers from the same paradox the Netflix War For Cybertron show did with missing the mark on characterizations that were supposed to be what attracts fans to watch in the first place.

No question, Rise Of The Beasts spends the most time with the Transformers robots, that are the best looking, and most enjoyable of all the movies made so far. The Transformers are on the screen more than they are not, and it never got old looking them, even with some much appreciated slow motion shots for extra-robot goodness. Between battles, the audience is fed mostly raw entertainment that is fast-paced, but swings from awesome to overplayed. There are quite a few jaw dropping scenes with Unicron and Scourge, compared to other scenes that should have been deeply emotional, but passed by without a single tear from the cast. While some battle scenes saw incredible brutality and skill, others scenes shifted powers between characters that didn't make sense. Apart from the setup for the Maximals, there is little explanation about whom, how, and why these various characters and their factions are together in the film. This kind of discontinuity was felt in the music and sound design as well. The GIANT robots hardly made any sounds, explosions and dramatic music were too quiet when they needed to be loud, and the pop music was overbearing in some scenes when it just needed to set the mood. When as much as 50% of a movie relies on sound, Rise failed to provide what should have been an immersive sound experience for a movie on this scale.

All said, Rise of the Beasts is more like an extended cartoon episode, than epic story telling that reveals the incredible lore of the Transformers. It assumes we already know these characters, and dives right into the action without having to explain things. After six movies, we have to accept these films are more like one-off episodes than cinematic works of art. Thus, we can only take Transformers: Rise Of The Beasts for what it is, a modernized light version of Transformers that depicts these alien beings in a manner that newcomers can relate to. In this regard, the movie does that well and is very much worth seeing just for the all the heavy metal wars. Overall, I give the Transformers: Rise Of The Beasts movie 3 out of 5 stars for the wonderful fighting robot action, but have to take issues with the limp writing, poor acting, and weak soundtrack.

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Lightfire98 2023-07-15 @ 8:00 pm

Rise of the beasts was a phenomenon ? the brand new maximal designs, the adventure, the comedy and especially mirage and Bumblebee and Optimus primal ????????????

Joe Velez 2023-07-14 @ 3:43 am

Arcee looks really good.

Shame they didn't invert the colors of Cheetor though. Grey and yellow instead of yellow and grey. I'd have purchased two and picked up another of the single release and mixed and matched a set to have one all grey and another all yellow.

Joe Velez 2023-06-29 @ 2:13 am

Battlemaster Airazor looks amazing. I'd love to get a flock. Or would murder be a more appropriate word for a bunch of birds that turn into weapons?

MV Steve 2023-06-25 @ 8:27 am

Mega Man, Rise of the Cheese, should be the title. Quite disappointing, glad I streamed it free a week ago. It would have been a waste of money in the theater! 

Lightfire98 2023-05-24 @ 4:20 pm

Optimus primal looks so amazing! Gotta save up a lot money to get that bot. I mean, the details looks so slick and stylish. So adding to my collection.?

Lightfire98 2023-04-28 @ 9:44 pm

Love the details of those things. Optimus prime and bumblebee and Optimus primal and Cheetos. Gotta get those.

TECHTRON 2023-04-27 @ 2:30 pm

This movie may actually be better than any other previous Transformer movie in existence! A perfect ix between Bayverse, G1, and Beast Wars finally coming together on screen to create, Transformers Rise of the Beasts!

Joe Velez 2023-04-16 @ 5:30 pm

I sure would love to be able to get a few of those Burning Plasma Blaster Battlemasters. Those red limbs would work great to try and make the Autobot Targetmasters. I already have the Takara Legends Targetmasters for the Autobots and Decepticons but I do like to have matching set options.

I've only seem them on BBTS so far for $53 each. No thanks, I don't like matching sets that much. I'll wait until I can find them somewhere else like Mandarake or something.

Oh, the preorders are sold out now anyway. I guess someone wanted them that bad. I mean, that's about what they'd cost if a third party company made them anyway so some might be more desensitized to the price than I am.

Lore Keeper 2021-11-11 @ 2:17 am


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