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Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023, D: Caple Jr.) -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread




Synopsis:


Returning to the action and spectacle that have captured moviegoers around the world, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will take audiences on a '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.



Starring:

Anthony Ramos,
Dominique Fishback

Voice performances: Peter Cullen, Ron Perlman, Michelle Yeoh

Rotten Tomatoes Score:

60% as of 6/6/23

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/tra..._of_the_beasts


Budget:

$200M according to The Numbers.com

https://www.the-numbers.com/movie/Tr...3)#tab=summary


Running Time:

117 Minutes

Opening:

June 9, 2023 (officially) Early IMAX preview screenings start 6/7/23





I plan to see the early IMAX fan screening tomorrow

Early reviews seem good so far. I saw one that says it was a good follow up to Bumblebee. Not the headache inducing ADD shit from Bay. The last two directed by Bay that had Mark Wahlberg as the lead were pretty bad.

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Re: Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023, D: Caple Jr.) -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

I just got back from the early IMAX screening tonight. The auditorium's capacity is 120 and it was completely sold out. Every seat was filled. They gave out a Optimus Primal poster and a Maximals collectible decal.

Anyway, I actually really liked this. Is it good as Bumblebee? No. But, I was entertained and it's not loud and headache inducing like Age of Extinction and The Last Knight. It's actually quite funny. There are a lot of LOL moments. Anthony Ramos and Dominque Fishbeck were actually good human characters. The highlight for me was Pete Davidson. He was absolutely hysterical as Mirage. He and Ramos played off each other so well. A lot of funny moments between them. She has a small part here, but kind of ironic that Lauren Velez plays the Mom here and also voices the Mom in Spider-Verse.

Ron Perlman was great as Optimus Primal. Total badass.

I won't spoil it now because it's only Wednesday and I know most of you who are interested in this likely won't see it until the weekend, but there is a big reveal at the end that I did not see coming. Everyone in the theater was like WHAT??? The guy sitting next to me was losing his mind.

Spoiler:


Michael Kelley makes a cameo appearance and the scene teases a potential Transformers and GI Joe crossover.








There is one mid-credits scene. Nothing mind blowing. Just a light moment.

117 minutes flew by. The bloated 2 1/2 hour plus movies dragged, but I thought this was well edited and scenes kept moving. I know not everyone will like this. It's gotten mixed critics reviews and the Transformers name is tainted with some pretty bad movies. But, they did a decent job following up Bumblebee. They do make one quick reference to the previous movie.

Probably my 3rd favorite Transformers movie.

1. Bumblebee
2. Transformers 2007
3. Rise of the Beasts



4. Dark of the Moon






5. Age of Extinction
6. The Last Knight



7. Revenge of the Fallen

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Re: Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023, D: Caple Jr.) -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

I saw several people last night buy this Optimus Prime drink and popcorn vessel.



When I saw the $49.99 price tag It was an easy pass.
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Re: Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023, D: Steven Caple Jr.)

I liked Bumblebee, but thought the trailer for this looked stupid so I decided to go A-list/no concessions. Thought it was mostly loud and dumb. To it's credit, it's not as aggressively annoying as the worst of the Bay films, and I probably would have liked it if I were a kid. I was about a year or two too old for Transformers in the 80s so they were never a thing for me. Mostly I was just kind of bored by this.
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Re: Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023, D: Caple Jr.) -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

Caple is in talks to direct a potential sequel and it would follow up the big cliffhanger ending that I spoilerized above. I won't talk about the reveal openly yet until someone else sees it. mwbmis didn't really seem to care to talk about it anymore. But, it is interesting where things could go from here.

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Re: Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023, D: Caple Jr.) -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

Finally watched this last night. Really enjoyed it. Yes, they barely pay lip service to the fact that the Maximals are from the future (it's an easy to miss passing mention), Scourge looked like Tarn for some reason, despite a passing reference to Bumblebee and even if you ignore the Bayformers movies this one doesn't really work as a follow-up to the previous flick since there's no reason why the Autobots would be stranded on Earth, and the finale was ripping off Avengers: Endgame. However, it was an incredibly fun movie all on its own and I'd like to see a direct continuation. I also liked the subtle use of Vince DiCola's "Unicron Medley".
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Re: Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023, D: Caple Jr.) -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

Will be on digital tomorrow. It's now passed $400M, but it got off to a slow start being in a crowded field. This actually had the best audience score out of all the Transformers movies (not counting Bumblebee) at 91%

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Re: Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023, D: Caple Jr.) -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

I wish they'd have completed and used this scene.

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Re: Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023, D: Caple Jr.) -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

Saw this yesterday afternoon.

While the human element is a bit generic, I fully enjoyed anytime there was a Transformer on-screen, especially the Maximals, which I wish more time had been devoted to. The updated character designs were fantastic.

As already mentioned, Pete Davidson was a definite surprise here as Mirage, as I also enjoyed many of his scenes.

Also, it was awesome to see Arcee depicted with a design closer to her G1 counterpart.

Originally Posted by RocShemp
Yes, they barely pay lip service to the fact that the Maximals are from the future (it's an easy to miss passing mention)
Was it during the scene where Air Razor quickly mentions that the Maximals are both from the current Transformers past and future?

Also concerning the final scene
Spoiler:
it surprised me that a Transformers/G.I. Joe crossover film hadn't happened already, as its been depicted in comic form several times, most recently by IDW Publishing.

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Re: Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023, D: Caple Jr.) -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

Only 2 stars? Not a great rating considering your comments.
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Re: Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023, D: Caple Jr.) -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

Originally Posted by DJariya
Only 2 stars? Not a great rating considering your comments.
In reality, my rating is probably closer to a 2.75.

I thoroughly enjoyed the introduction of the Maximals and Pete Davidson's performance as Mirage but I'm not sure if that automatically makes it a 3-star film.

If it helps, I rated Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) much lower than this film
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Re: Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023, D: Caple Jr.) -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

I do agree with you there. The Last Knight was almost unwatchable. The last few Transformers movies, not counting Bumblebee, were a mess of visual noise. Paramount was facing an uphill battle rehabbing the image of the IP.

I liked that this was a tight 2 hours.

BTW, the 4K UHD disc was announced for October 10th. I'll probably get it come Black Friday.
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Originally Posted by asianxcore
Was it during the scene where Air Razor quickly mentions that the Maximals are both from the current Transformers past and future?
That and when Optimus Primal says he was named in honor of Optimus Prime. Well there was a third bit when Primal mentions that Prime isn't quite how he imagined he'd be. They never explicitly state they're from the future but those three instances strongly imply it.

Originally Posted by asianxcore
Also concerning the final scene
Spoiler:
it surprised me that a Transformers/G.I. Joe crossover film hadn't happened already, as its been depicted in comic form several times, most recently by IDW Publishing.


What's funny is that they've been planning that since the '07 movie.
Spoiler:
Lennox was meant to be revealed as a member of G.I. Joe in that movie. Also, one of the F-22s had the name Armbruster stenciled on it because that was intended to be Ace (Brad J. Armbruster) of G.I. Joe.



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Re: Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023, D: Caple Jr.) -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

For fuck's sake, they did so well with Bumblebee, which was fucking awesome and close to perfect, and then comes this, yet another gigantic steaming pile of Michael Bay.
Same stupid story.
Same redundant human characters.
Same awful dialogue.
Same bad designs.
Same ridiculous robots with human accents.
Same stupid fucking insect-like mini-robots.
Same juvenile humor.
And every cliche in the book, repeated.
Not even the action was anything special.
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Re: Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023, D: Caple Jr.) -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

My fiancée and I were looking for something to do last night and decided to go to a movie. We almost were going to go to Insidious: The Red Door but then saw this was playing and it had left our local theater a while back so we went to it instead.

Anyways I enjoyed it pretty well. I think I liked Bumblebee more, but I enjoyed this overall. It was a more enjoyable Transformers movie to me than a lot of the Michael Bay ones were.

The tease at the end setting up a crossover with G.I. Joe is kind of an interesting prospect. Shared universes can be hit and miss though.
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Watched this today - better than all of the non-Bumblebee entries with the exception of Dark of the Moon. I’ve always liked that one for some reason. Needed more recognizable Transformers on the Decepticon/Terrorcon side. I don’t understand why we haven’t gotten more of the planes in these movies. Even the Predacons would have worked here.

And the movies still rely on the human stories too much but I get not wanting to have to have a transformer in every scene.

When the guy at the end said he worked for any agency, I thought “GI Joe?” and then discounted that and thought it would end up being Cemetery Wind. But nope! Should have trusted my instincts! That’s a movie I would like to see because the human characters in the Joes/Cobra could hold my interest on their own. Wonder if we’ll ever get it?
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When the guy at the end said he worked for any agency, I thought “GI Joe?” and then discounted that and thought it would end up being Cemetery Wind. But nope! Should have trusted my instincts! That’s a movie I would like to see because the human characters in the Joes/Cobra could hold my interest on their own. Wonder if we’ll ever get it?
If DJariya's post is to be believed, we're in luck.
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Originally Posted by Gunde
For fuck's sake, they did so well with Bumblebee, which was fucking awesome and close to perfect, and then comes this, yet another gigantic steaming pile of Michael Bay.
Same stupid story.
Same redundant human characters.
Same awful dialogue.
Same bad designs.
Same ridiculous robots with human accents.
Same stupid fucking insect-like mini-robots.
Same juvenile humor.
And every cliche in the book, repeated.
Not even the action was anything special.
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My two issues with this film.

Switching Wheel Jack for Pablo, since this film takes place several years after Bee and we had a design already in place.

No Air Razor transformation.
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Originally Posted by Draven
When the guy at the end said he worked for any agency, I thought “GI Joe?” and then discounted that and thought it would end up being Cemetery Wind. But nope! Should have trusted my instincts! That’s a movie I would like to see because the human characters in the Joes/Cobra could hold my interest on their own. Wonder if we’ll ever get it?
I honestly hope they pull from some of the characters and story-lines from the IDW Publishing comic run of "Transformers Vs. G.I. Joe".

Would be awesome to have the introduction of Serpentor Prime in a film
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Re: Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023, D: Caple Jr.) -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

I'm not going to hold my breath for a sequel and crossover with GI Joe. While this movie isn't a complete box office disaster like Shazam 2 or The Flash, it's going to lose money. And with the actors/writers strike, I doubt Paramount has a sequel high on their list of movies in development.

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I wish someone would build these to scale.

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That would be insanity. The XM Studios Prime which is 1/10 scale is a beast (doesn't transform).


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I know it's a pipe dream, but it'd be so cool.







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Re: Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023, D: Caple Jr.) -- The Spoiler Reviews Thread

This will be on Paramount + starting tomorrow for those of you interested, but decided to wait.

Breaking News - Adrenaline-Fueled Film "Transformers: Rise of the Beasts" Available to Stream Beginning July 25 on Paramount+ | TheFutonCritic.com

I'm planning to get the 4K during the Holidays, but I will watch it again on P+
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Originally Posted by DJariya
This will be on Paramount + starting tomorrow for those of you interested, but decided to wait.
I noticed this the other day and decided to give it a watch this afternoon.

Other than the OG and BB movies, the previous TF movies have been a headache to watch but this one was surprisingly different.

I actually liked it.

And I’m going to hate myself for saying this, but I actually liked Pete Davidson as Mirage. Call me crazy, but it worked.

And the rest of the gimmicky voice casting worked for me too.

I also got a kick out of the G.I.Joe connection at the end and (as a child of the comics in the 80s) would welcome a cross-over between the two… and Mike November is a Joe, I’m all in.

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3.5 stars for me.

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