Parents' Guide to

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Fun (if unnecessary) reboot has heart, explosive action.

Movie PG-13 2023 117 minutes
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts Movie Poster: A large group of various Transformers, with two small humans in the foreground

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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 14+

Just cause it's toys don't make it for kids

Okay I went to see this intentionally to review it here and lemme tell you this is by far the most appropriate of the saga but still not for young kids just cause they make toys of it that don't mean take your five year old !!! Sorry for shouting but that's literally what I just seen also movie wise it's pretty good as well but parents please remember these are still adult films and rightly so

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 9+

Fun action move that didn’t get to boring.

I thought it was really fun! If you like marvel this has about the same amount of action violence. There are a few bad words and some music that was not the nicest but I had a great time. It’s not for younger kids but if you can see marvel and bumblebee you are ok with this one. It had a fun story.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (1):

Better than many of its crass, overly sexualized predecessors, this installment in the franchise has a top-notch 1990s Hip-Hop soundtrack, likable leads, and no cringe-inducing characters. Forget the exposition about Transformers lore -- only devoted fans of the animated shows will truly care about that. Ultimately, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is a formulaic (except for the lack of romance, which is a nice change) action film featuring an angstier Optimus Prime and yet another seemingly indestructible Transformers supervillain. (Unicron is pure evil, ravenous for yet another planet to consume.) Domingo and Dinklage do an admirable job with their deep, sinister character voices, and Cullen is, as always, the one true voice of Optimus Prime. Ron Perlman gets to be a good guy for a change as the gorilla-like Optimus Primal, and Oscar winner Michelle Yeoh lends her gravitas to the character Airazor. Ted Lasso fans will instantly recognize the voice of VW bus Wheeljack (Cristo Fernandez, aka Dani Rojas). Ramos and Fishback have a sweet platonic chemistry as two Brooklyn-raised young adults who've been thrown together under ludicrous and dangerous circumstances, and the well-cast Davidson provides much-needed comic relief as the jokey, conceited Mirage.

There are moments in the movie that seem lifted straight out of Iron Man, Pacific Rim, Godzilla, or any of a dozen other (usually better) action movies, but there's no denying that audiences will have fun while they watch this story unfold. The human drama feels authentic, thanks to Noah's relationship with his baby bro, Kris. But there's not really a lot of enough time to dwell on family dynamics. In fact, Elena doesn't even get a family; her entire backstory is limited to reminiscing about her late father. On the alien machine side, Optimus' devotion to Bumblee (and vice-versa) is genuinely touching. Director Steven Caple Jr. isn't reinventing the wheel with this movie, but he is keeping with the vibe of Bumblebee: nostalgic and family friendly, with lots of action sequences. It's unclear what else needs to be explored in the Transformers universe, but this entry has enough heart to be crowd pleasing.

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