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Published on May 30th, 2019 | by voxx

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The Best ‘Transformers’ Movie

It’s no secret that ‘Transformers’ has had it rough in the movie industry, from controversial decisions in the 80s to the generic Michael May fringe fest it became. Nevertheless, the characters have still come out with some gems, though some better than others… Here’s my ranking of worst to best ‘Transformers’ films.

7. The Last Knight (2017)

In at number 7 is ‘The Last Knight’, a movie beyond saving and with no excuses for its poor quality. It has awful jokes, laughable set pieces and a plot so bombastic that even the film itself can’t keep track of it. Not the mention an underwhelming action scene at the end, and the dialogue which could be considered some of the worst in cinema history. You know a film is doomed when Sir Anthony Hopkins can’t even save it…

6. Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

This installment is equally as bad as the last, and I place it above ‘The Last Knight’ purely as it was made during the writers’ strike. Though still cringy and awkwardly paced, at least ‘Revenge of the Fallen’ is redeemed in some areas, with a great forest fight and fun final act. This isn’t enough to save it, but at least there’s some quality between the awful pacing and characters.

5. Dark of the Moon (2011)

The most Michael Bay of them all, ‘Dark of the Moon’s’ final act is basically a fireworks display with aliens fighting. So much is going on making it hard to keep track of the story, with the same awkward characters clogging it up. At least this one focuses more on the action than the people, though that doesn’t mean it’s not still just an absolute mess.

4. Age of Extinction (2014)

In at number 4, I was at least able to get some enjoyment from this one. It was so stupid in areas that I laughed out loud at some of the decisions, but I mainly found I preferred the new cast – even if they have to take a minute to explain the legal romance and why it’s ok. The villain Lockdown is also ok as a threat and I enjoyed the action set pieces. For what it’s worth, this is at least a film of dumb fun, something I can’t say about the others.

3. Transformers (2007)

‘Transformers’ is still to this day an impressive movie to look at. The robots are so detailed and realistic that it’s hard to think it came out all the way back in 2007. The pacing is decent but I do have mixed feelings about the Bay designs, especially the bland decepticons. I also found I never cared for the human characters, and it all dragged on a bit too long for my liking. But still, overall you have to appreciate this movie and despite its flaws it can be an enjoyable experience.

2. Bumblebee (2018)

I love this movie. The designs are absolutely spot on and the setting creates a great atmosphere that works well with the plot. And of course every character in it is memorable too. Charlie is one of my favourite protagonists across the movies and all the relationships work extremely well. The themes and plot are great and the cybertron parts are very visual. Words can’t do this movie justice, and I can’t wait to see where this new direction can take this dying franchise. It’s a definite step in the right direction.

1. Transformers The Movie (1986)

‘Bumblebee’ is technically a better film, however nostalgia and the importance of this title takes centre stage, making it a clear number 1 for me. It’s so messy and so cheesy and great all at once, whilst also being scary for a child of the era. It is honestly a one of a kind movie, with great visuals, violence, action, soundtrack and space battles. Everything ‘Transformers’ is and should be.

- By Samuel Wood


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