If you are part of the millions of Transformers fans (which includes us as well), then you probably gave up on the Transformers movie franchise when the third Transformers film came out back in 2011. It is no secret that the film franchise has always been criticized for multiple reasons, mostly to do with substandard quality of its script or simply a bad storyline.
But 2018 has seen the film franchise transform, literally. After witnessing five Transformers films, with the fifth part having come out only last year, audiences did not have any expectations whatsoever with any future films in the franchise; just imagine, its fifth part, Transformers: The Last Knight, received poor critical score, garnering only 16% positive response on the critic review website Rotten Tomatoes.
Yet, the latest Transformers film, called Bumblebee, has blown everyone away. And we are not speaking about quality relative to that displayed in the previous films. The film, in itself, is a work of art, and for the first time in the franchise, actually resonated with the core audience of the Transformers universe.
The film franchise had already been commercially successful (that’s why they kept on making sequel after sequel), but for the first time even the critics are happy with it. Let’s see what all of them have to say.
An Impassioned Ode
According to Empire Magazine, which has been in circulation for almost three decades now, the new Transformers film is the best film to have come out of the franchise, and is as passionate as the fans were back in the day when the Transformers toys took over the market.
Indeed, as the magazine reported, this film has, for the very first time, actually delivered the kind of content which fans of the Transformers world had been searching for in all of the five previous parts.
Best Live-Action Transformers Movie
Although IGN does not give the film an entirely positive review, it does compare it to the very first Transformers film (which came out back in 2007) and credits it for bringing the same kind of magic to the screen as the original film was able to do.
However, the review very rightly points out that the experience which viewers had with the first film when they witnessed these alien robots come to life on screen for the very first time, was far superior compared to the experience of this film, although it delivers almost the same kind of flare.
The Only Genuinely Good Transformers Movie
The Wrap, which is an online news website covering everything related to entertainment, called Bumblebee the only film within the Transformers franchise that delivers that genuine flavor imbued within fans during the 80s when toys and cartoons of the same established a place in the heart of fans. The website has welcomed the change in tone, and looks forward to future Transformers films if they will maintain such a quality.
Sixth Time’s The Charm
The online magazine dedicated to everything related to films has also called Bumblebee the best among all other Transformers films to have come out since 2007. The magazine also highlights the fact that the creators of the franchise should have been making films of this quality from the very first film, rather than wait till the sixth part to actually focus on the quality of the product.
It recommends forgetting about the past and making Bumblebee film the foundation of all Transformers films to come out in the future. We absolutely agree!
The Studio’s Next Big Chance
According to Hollywood Reporter, if audiences respond well to Bumblebee, which they most likely will, then Paramount, the studio under which Transformers films are produced, would be pushed to think about rekindling the film franchise in that direction.
This means that, although the studio has reportedly shelved the seventh part in the franchise for the moment, it at least has a new direction to move forward.