Transformers: Rise of the Beasts – Movie Review

Hola What’s Hot Fam,

If you were as big of a Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox stan as I was, you’re probably skeptical about seeing the latest Transformers installment, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. Here’s why you shouldn’t be:

The film takes a familiar classic and expands on it in ways that feel familiar, but add depth.

The Plot

As Yahoo! reports, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts serves as a sequel to the 2018 film Bumblebee and a prequel to the 2007 debut film Transformers. The Autobots and Maximals must unite to not only save their world, but to also save Earth and mankind from a planet-eating antagonist named Uticron and his minions better known as Terrorcons. This synopsis fuels an action-packed narrative that incorporates captivating battles, comedic relief and powerful lessons about unity, empowerment and purpose.

Set in 1994, the film encompasses the 90s with signature fashion elements and nods to pop culture during that period with a poetic justice poster, scenes from the 1992 film Juice and more. This brings me to my next point…

The Cast

As far as the Autobots, we reunite with familiar faces and meet some new ones including a female-presenting Transformer named Arcee.

However, the real highlight of the film is the influx of black and brown cast members that not only appear in the film but are the stars of it. I love that the film doesn’t ignore the struggles that people of color tend to face, but these issues also don’t consume the movie in an overbearing way. Anthony Ramos (In the Heights) and Dominique Fishback (Swarm) serve culture and knowledge through their characters and real emotion in their delivery. However, I am surprised that their characters’ relationship remained platonic throughout the film.

Tobe Nwigwe’s role as Reek and Dean Scott Vazquez’s role as Kris Dias definitely contributed to the film’s embodiment of certain aspects of New York culture. Furthermore, Pete Davidson shined as the voice of Mirage putting his comedy skills on the forefront with witty lines like “You were inside me!”

The Visuals

The special effects in this film were smooth and seamless. Actually, knowing the narrative took place in 1994 made the modern and high-quality visuals almost feel out of place. However, that may just be me wanting more of that 90s movie feel I love.

All in all, I enjoyed watching Noah and Mirage move in sync and quite literally embody one another, which really seemed to signal how their connection strengthened as the movie developed. The battle scenes were fast-paced and choreographed well enough that even non-action lovers will be invested in the outcome.

The Bottom Line

Go in to this film with an open mind and it will surely rise to your expectations! The action will grab your attention and the humor will keep it.

Also! Stay for the credits because there are some extras you don’t want to miss.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 flames 🔥 

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