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Transformers movies from worst to best

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The Transformers movies gained an interesting status in pop culture. But despite grossing over billion dollars, they could not become the most beloved movies among fans. The exciting action sequences, entailing Michael Bay’s explosions and alien robots punching each, were amazing. However, they could not cover the gaps in the characters and stories of the movies. Nonetheless, Paramount is still taking off the franchise with another upcoming film, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. Most likely, the upcoming movie will take an entirely different direction than the previous ones, following more after 2018’s Bumblebee. All being said, the Transformers franchise continues to be popular, so here we rank the six Transformers movies from worst to best.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction | Reviews | Screen

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  1. Transformers: Age of Extinction

Although it is hard to believe that Shia LaBeouf switched to Mark Wahlberg could have gone wrong, it was exactly what happened. However, Wahlberg is not the only one to blame, as the script doesn’t do him any favors. Age of Extinction is an extremely long film with many confusing and unnecessary moments. Nicola Peltz is the new female main character, who is overly sexualized for no reason. Bay included a scene where we learn Nicola is a minor, currently dating an older man. However, their relationship is legal under the “Romeo and Juliet laws” as the guy is only three years older. Was it really necessary? No.

This is a frustrating experience due to the difficult-to-follow robot battles, many questionable moments, bad jokes, and a poor story.

Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) - IMDb

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  1. Transformers: The Last Knight

Although it’s not the worst movie, The Last Knight feels more like the one where the studio and Bay gave up. It’s lazy, has terrible jokes, and ignores much of the lore established in previous movies. However, there are still better characters, and Wahlberg has more to do than just being an inventor. Anthony Hopkins is also present as an entertaining, wealthy, and quirky figure.

The Last Knight introduces the concept that Transformers have existed since the Arthurian Era and have assisted humanity in many moments, including WWII. Although all these sound better films, this is what we got. The plotline involves Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) brainwashed into becoming a devil. This leads to a more complicated and explosive battle. Bay has decided to leave the franchise, as The Last Knight feels like the last chance.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) - IMDb

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  1. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Revenge of the Fallen is a rush story that doesn’t allow for breaks. This proves fatal in its two-and-a-half-hour run time. Like all Bay Transformers movies again, the humor is awkward, immature, and thrown in at random times. LaBeouf’s parents do nothing but make lame jokes about each other and get in the way.

The relationship between Megan Fox (and LaBeouf) is what made these movies work. This movie is packed with action, especially the scene in the forest with Optimus Prime. However, the decision to kill Optimus Prime for most of the film is strange. It takes out the best parts of these movies. Megatron is barely featured here, as we should be focusing more on the fallen villain who is killed off very quickly. Although the Devastator Decepticon looks large and imposing, it doesn’t do much other than a bizarre joke about John Turturo’s testicle. Although Revenge of the Fallen may be terrible, at least LaBeouf’s story is better.

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  1. Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Dark of the Moon is a decent one in the series. Although it has many of the same Transformer issues, the last battle between Autobots and Decepticons on the streets of Chicago is quite exciting. The Driller Decepticons and Shockwave are both cool villains that bring an amazing ability to the film. This creates an incredible sequence in which LaBeouf and other characters try to survive inside a falling building.

The plot is not much reasonable. However, the Decepticons are determined to remake Cybertron, and how they do so creates confusion. Megatron is again given very little, and Sentinel Prime (Leonard Nimoy) becomes the focal point of attention. However, he doesn’t do much other than betray Optimus Prime.

Rosie Huntington Whitely replaces Megan Fox. She essentially plays the same role but might have a different story. Patrick Dempsey, another human villain, is there only to create drama with Huntington-Whitely and Labeouf. Dark of the Moon has some of the best scenes in Bay movies, despite its flaws. Although it is a bit too long, it’s not as painful to watch as the movies mentioned above.

Transformers (2007) - IMDb

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  1. Transformers

We are now at the beginning. Transformers have some of the same issues, but they are minimal. The Autobots arrive to destroy Megatron and the Decepticons, but they don’t get the Allspark. The film does not bother to explore the history or create confusing lore, leading to many plot holes.

LaBeouf is at his best, and Fox has their moments. It’s a great introduction to Transformers, with LaBeouf & Bumblebee forming a wonderful bond. The fights aren’t quite as intense and absurd as they appear later in the series. Although it takes a while for the Transformers to arrive, it is well worth the wait. Transformers don’t feel so chaotic in this movie because Bay’s direction here is more controlled. Even though it’s not the best Bay film, this is still one of the finest.

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  1. Bumblebee

From Cybertron’s opening scene, it was obvious that Bumblebee wanted to be completely different from other Bay films. This scene looks straight from the cartoons. The Transformers have been redesigned to feel more authentic to their roots. The human characters are what make Bumblebee stand out. Hailee Steinfeld is an authentic, strong character with a charismatic personality with interesting backstories.

Her relationship with Bumblebee is touching and reminiscent of E.T. Although the action is less than in the other films, Travis Knight, the director, does an excellent job of ensuring that everything is clear. The main characters remain at the heart of the action. As a result, this adventure is more suitable for children and feels closer to animated cartoons inspired by. Bumblebee, though, is still the best Transformers film. It has better human characters, a solid script, and more focused action.

Suppose Rise of the Beasts is set to take a direction similar to Bumblebee. In that case, we can assume the Transformers franchise could go in a promising direction from now onwards.



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