‘Transformers: Rise of the Beasts’ shapes up to be less than meets the eye

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    The latest installment in the “Transformers” franchise, titled “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts,” has received a lukewarm review from Brian Lowry of CNN. Lowry criticizes the film for its simplistic plot and the lack of a well-developed script, describing it as a summer movie that falls short of expectations.

    The movie introduces a new element to the franchise by featuring animal-shaped Transformers known as Maximals. Set in 1994, the film attempts to capture the atmosphere of the time through its musical soundtrack and references to events such as the O.J. Simpson trial. However, Lowry suggests that these elements are not effectively utilized.

    The plot revolves around the Autobots, led by Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen), teaming up with the Maximals to battle the evil Terrorcons and the world-devouring threat of Unicron. The human characters, played by Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback, are tasked with helping the Autobots and facing the potential danger posed by Unicron.

    While the film boasts a star-studded cast, including Michelle Yeoh, Pete Davidson, Peter Dinklage, and Ron Perlman, Lowry argues that the primary focus remains on the robot battles, which are visually impressive but often chaotic. The human-centered scenes are criticized for slowing down the movie and lacking depth.

    “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” follows the franchise’s tradition of showcasing cutting-edge visual effects but falls short in terms of storytelling and humor. Lowry points out that the film, like other summer sequels, seems more concerned with setting up future installments rather than delivering a satisfying standalone story.

    Directed by Steven Caple Jr., the film continues the familiar tone and style established by producer Michael Bay, who directed the previous five movies in the series. Lowry suggests that while the franchise may still have a dedicated fan base, the overall impression of “Rise of the Beasts” is that it feels outdated.

    “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” is rated PG-13 and premiered on June 9 in US theaters.