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Nineties flashback - Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023) - Review

During the '90s, a new faction of Transformers - the Maximals - join the Autobots as allies in the battle for Earth.



"Transformers: Rise of the Beasts" has finally stormed the big screen, and as a dedicated Transformers fan, I couldn't wait to experience the latest spectacle. The movie brings together a talented cast, including Anthony Ramos, Dominique Fishback, and Luna Lauren Velez, who deliver a decent performance in their roles.


While the actors certainly give it their all, I must admit that their portrayals didn't quite transform the movie into something extraordinary. The chemistry between the human characters and the Autobots and Maximals was there, but it lacked that special spark to truly ignite the screen.


On a brighter note, the special effects and animation were, as always, out of this world. The seamless and clean CGI work elevated the movie, making it visually stunning and a feast for the eyes. Director Steven Caple Jr. knows how to utilize cutting-edge technology to create awe-inspiring action sequences that keep the adrenaline pumping throughout the film.


However, even with the spectacular effects, I couldn't shake the feeling that the movie relied too heavily on these visual wonders to cover up the weaker aspects of the story. While the Maximals' inclusion and the '90s setting brought some fresh air, the plot felt a bit too "robotic," lacking the emotional depth and complexity that could have truly elevated the film.


Moreover, with the abundance of Transformers movies over the years, it's becoming increasingly challenging to keep track of them all. "Rise of the Beasts" tries its best to stand out, but it struggles to make a lasting impression amid the swarm of transforming metal warriors.


And let's not forget about the awkward blend of social commentary and racial issues, which felt like an odd mismatch in this robot-dominated universe. While addressing important topics is commendable, it should be done with a subtler touch to avoid making the movie feel like it's "transforming" into something entirely different.


In conclusion, "Transformers: Rise of the Beasts" showcases a talented cast with Anthony Ramos, Dominique Fishback, and Luna Lauren Velez giving it their best shot. The dazzling special effects make it worth the watch, but the movie could have used a bit more "spark" in its storytelling to truly ignite the audience's excitement.


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Ranking 6.8/10


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