Well it's the "blockbuster of the week" time of year, and so I used an A-List slot on the latest "Transformers" movie. FWIW, I liked the first three movies in this franchise, the first as a genuinely inventive action move, the second and third as sheer vulgar (in a good sense!) displays of epic movie-making power, but the last two (discounting the darn good "Bumblebee" film) have been weak and underwhelming. And because it's A-List, I saw it in IMAX 3D!
Anyway, on the good side "Rise of the Beasts" looks and sounds fantastic, even though we get bars top and bottom the whole movie. The sound in particular is the best I've heard all season, including the recent Spider-Verse and Fast X films. The IMAX theater seats were rocking and rolling from the bass, as if it was a Dolby theater. And the 3D was crisp and sharp deep in to the visuals. Technically masterful.
On the bad side, as a movie, "Beasts" has a lot more in common with the "Last Knight" and "Age of Extinction" films than with the first three films. The story is paper-thin, the action feels "small" even though the earth is at stake, and I have to give it up for Shia LeBeouf. While his character was an annoying twit, he had a manic energy that infused the films and projected a human element through the chaos of SFX robots. The human leads in this film are bland and dull, their existence seems pointless, as was the case in the 2014 and 2017 movies.
C-Minus .... See it for the spectacle once, but I won't be seeing it again.
PS - there is a mid-credits scene, and animated credits as well.
By - Kimber80