‘Transformers: Rise of the Beasts’ Review: A modest and promising installment

Directed by Steven Caple, Jr.

There’s something earnest in the latest Transformers movie. While it may not be as bombastic as the Michael Bay installments but still as big when it comes to scope and still as exciting when it comes to action scenes. TRANSFORMERS: RISE OF THE BEASTS is a worthy follow up to 2018’s ‘Bumblebee’ and poses a good sign for things to come in the franchise.

It’s a modest installment but it builds up a different but still interesting adventure for Optimus Prime, the Autobots and the humans they have alliance with.

It’s hard not to compare with the Michael Bay Transformers films especially if you’re more into impressive action sequences. Bay’s were really impressive particularly having been released that time, there’s no way you won’t be impressed with his style in directing action sequences.

But after the franchise’s reboot, which they really needed, from Bumblebee to Rise of the Beasts, there’s a certain sincerity in its treatment. And since its setting is in 1994, the fight scenes doesn’t really have to wow you, they just need to be grounded enough and plausible enough for the universe they are building.

I enjoyed Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. I may be looking for something with more oomph when it comes to visuals and fight scenes, but the story is more grounded, it’s more cohesive and easier to follow. And what they presented in this installment made me excited for what’s to come in the Transformers franchise.


‘Transformers: Rise of the Beasts’ is now showing in Philippine cinemas from Paramount Pictures Philippines. Rated PG by the MTRCB.

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