“Transformers Rise of The Beasts” Movie Review by Rafy Mediavilla (@Rmediavilla) #Transformers #RiseofTheBeasts

“Transformers Rise of The Beasts” Movie Review by Rafy Mediavilla (@Rmediavilla) #Transformers #RiseofTheBeasts

Returning to the action and spectacle that have captured moviegoers around the world, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will take audiences on the ’90s globetrotting adventure with the Autobots and introduce a whole new faction of Transformer — the Maximals — to the existing battle on earth between Autobots and Decepticons.

While I am pretty sure people will be surprised when I say this, I didn’t grow up watching Transformers, GI Joe, Thundercats, HeMan, etc and my memory of them on TV is extremely vague, I am comfortable saying that even though I am not the biggest fan of these IPs, I have thoroughly enjoyed the movie adaptation of these projects with BumbleBee and Snake Eyes being my favorite so far of them all. This being said, and while I did fully enough Rise of the Beasts I found it a little difficult to categorize this movie as a reboot or sequel since it felt like both by the end credits. 

Story wise I felt this movie borrow a lot from the plot of the original Michael Bay Transformers movie. We have a new human protagonist that is going to hell life-wise and is looking for a second chance, with the caveat that he was to prove to his little brother and family he is going make everything better somehow. Aside from that everything remains the same Decepticons what to destroy the earth and the Autobots need to join the newly introduce Maximals to save the world once again. The only thing that truly stands out is the final act and the many surprising twists our main human protagonist goes through that will leave fans of the franchise happy. 

Where this movie stands is exactly where every other Transformers movie stands, the heavy use of visual effects for the massive explosion, which trust me when I say we have many here. And the use of CGI visual effects to bring these machines to life. Both of them work great and get the job done as we get a plethora of explosions and action scenes from start to finish. Which will surely keep you entertained through the two hours runtime. The Autobots, Decepticons, and Maxmails look cool and all but that is about it regarding the fun factor to sell you the idea that this movie demands to be seen in theaters to get the full experience of the grand scoop of this story.

For me what truly sold it, since I’m not the biggest fan of this franchise was the epic killer 90’s soundtrack that had me jumping and jamming from the beginning to the very end. A soundtrack that was full of classic Hip-Hop tracks from Wu-Tang to LL Cool J, Notorroius Big, and NAS. And as someone who grew up with “This My MTV” is a treat to see the action scenes being played as the killer soundtracked played in the background. 

It is fair to mention that in my screening of the movie, the open scene with the Puerto Rico Flag in Noah’s Room played by boricua actor Anthony Ramos (In The Heights) who is the main human protagonist of this movie and has a bright future ahead if the after credits pan out as expected, added to a great pop from the home crowned as we should our Puerto Rican pride.

Utimialty this movie deserves to be seen in theaters because of the spectacle of it all. The action scenes, explosion, and the music, but I truly have a tough time trying to wrap my head behind it, since story-wise the final act is the only thing that brings something new and maybe unexpected to the mix. 

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