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Rise of the Beasts is the first new Transformers movie in five years – but where does it fall in our Transformers Movies Ranked List?

Autobots – roll out. Since their creation in the 1980s, the Transformers franchise has become a part of pop culture. The concept of giant living creatures transforming into everyday machines, and living secretly with humans was so compelling that it warranted more than just action figure. The Transformers universe was quickly followed by graphic novels, tv series, and many spinoffs. It became one of the most established I.P. Media history has never seen anything like it. But not all entries have been great, as we’ll see in our Transformers Movies Ranked list! But, not all entries have been great, as we’ll dig into with our

Transformers Movies Ranked list!Fans of the Transformers universe have been blessed with eight movies over the last four decades with the latest installment, Rise of the Beasts, having its worldwide premiere this weekend. Rise Of The Beasts, the latest Transformers movie in five years, has rekindled the interest of audiences in the franchise. With that being said, let’s take a look at how

Rise of the Beasts

stacks up against the rest of the movies in the Transformers franchise.

Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)

Michael Bay can be credited with beginning the live-action Transformers universe and helping the franchise form a solid foundation in Hollywood – but this movie was the last straw. This was the third Transformers film in six years. It ignored most of what had been established prior to it, and came out looking like a sloppy effort at a new slate. The plot of Optimus Prime turning evil and fighting Bumblebee created a movie which tried to gain new fans by angering the old ones. After this movie came out, Transformers fatigue rightfully kicked in, even for the most loyal fans of the franchise.Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)While Transformers fatigue kicked in for the more loyal fans after The Last Knight, the vast majority of audiences had already given up on the franchise after Age of Extinction. After the original live-action trilogy ended, it was obvious that the studios didn’t know what direction they wanted the franchise to go in. They just wanted it to move forward. Mark Wahlberg and an entirely forgettable plot are introduced. The inclusion of the Dinobots was a nice fan service, but given that they were barely in the movie, it felt more like trailer-bait than anything else. The addition of the Dinobots was a nice fan service, but seeing as how they were barely in the movie it felt more like trailer-bait than anything else.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

It’s actually kind of hard to believe how much traction this franchise got after such a horrible second outing (just a testament to how good the original live-action movie was). The sequel to Transformers took only two years to arrive on the big-screen and had fans racing to theaters… only for them to walk out disappointed. Megatron was hardly in the movie, the character/relationship development between Sam (Shia Lebeouf) and Mikaela (Megan Fox) felt scattered while every other member of the cast just felt like poor comedic relief, and the action sequences were bigger and had more explosions but were infinitely harder to follow. Revenge of the Fallen is easily the worst movie from the original live-action trilogy. Overall,

Revenge of the Fallen

is easily the worst movie from the original live-action trilogy.Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)The final outing for the original live-action Transformers trilogy is very so-so, in the fact that it has a lot of great things about it and a lot of not-so great things too. The main thing that you should take away from this movie is that it’s a huge improvement over

Revenge Of The Fallen

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, Michael Bay

. It also did well enough to justify the studio making more movies. The effects were on par with the original, and the fight scenes were not only exciting but also had a motivation behind them because of the slight character development. This movie’s biggest flaw is that it is too long. It has too many filler stories and characters that are unnecessary. All in all, not the worst Transformers movie, but certainly not the best.Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023)Not only has Rise of the Beasts rekindled the Transformers fire, but it was genuinely a super solid movie. The movie is the second straight prequel to the Transformers universe, following Bumblebee in 2018. It takes place in 1990s and follows a young protagonist on his quest to help the Autobots rescue the world. The characters in the movie are more relatable than those from previous films, which makes it easier for the audience to empathize not only with the human characters, but also the Autobots. The movie does have some over-the-top scenes, but they are nothing compared to the Michael Bay explosions. In short, Rise of the Beasts

is a movie that Transformers fans will be happy to see, hopefully getting more just like it in the future.

Transformers (2007)There’s only one reason that any of these movies (except for the next one) are even able to exist in the first place – and it’s because the original Transformers absolutely blew audiences away. Let’s face it, in 2007, special effects were not as good as they are today. And yet, the effects of the original live-action Transformers

are still mesmerizing, holding up to this day. Shia Labeouf, in one of his earliest roles before any scandals, combined with Megan Fox’s strong female lead (despite being a tad sexualized) and the joy of hearing Optimus prime’s voice live-action created one of the best cinematic experiences of 2010. Megatron was an incredibly terrifying villain, and the plot had real stakes, even though it was scattered. The Transformers: The Movie (1996)

What an idiotic name for such a great movie. This answer may be biased because this animated masterpiece is nothing like live-action films, or it could be that the concept of living machines transforming works better in animation. This 1986 movie, which aired just a few years after the creation, is a goofy, hilarious masterpiece. It features a stellar cast and focuses on the basic plot of Autobots vs Decepticons, with the ever-looming threat of planet-eating Unicron. Is it perfect? No. Is it lovable nostalgia for any diehard Transformers fan – absolutely.

Bumblebee (2018)

Who would have thought after the travesties of Age of Extinction and The Last Knight that the Transformers franchise would step up to the plate and hit a no-doubter. Bumblebee premiered only one year after The Last Knight making it the third Transformers movie in four years, and it was originally projected to fail due to audiences being sick and tired of the franchise churning out project after project. The movie, instead, abandoned all ties to the franchise’s past, began fresh with a prequel set in 1980s and had a humanizing element that made it the most relatable Transformers film. The addition of Hailee as the new lead was perfect, and the lack over-the-top battles made fans realize just how much they missed the characters from the franchise.

With Bumblebee and Rise of the Beasts paving the way for the future, it’s safe to say that Transformers fans have a lot to look forward to.

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