Ranking Transformers Movies From Worst To Best: In the realm of big-screen spectacle, few franchises have made as much of an impact as the Transformers series. Blending high-octane action with the timeless appeal of shape-shifting alien robots, these films have captivated audiences around the world since their debut in 2007. While some installments are revered for their groundbreaking visual effects and adrenaline-pumping storylines, others have faced criticism for their plot and character development. In this article, we embark on an epic journey through the Transformers cinematic universe, ranking each movie from worst to best.
Ranking Transformers Movies From Worst To Best
Transformers: Age of Extinction
The decision to replace Shia LaBeouf with Mark Wahlberg seemed like a good idea but unfortunately, it didn’t work out. The blame cannot solely be placed on Wahlberg, as the script was poorly written, resulting in Age of Extinction being an excruciatingly long movie with confusing and unnecessary scenes. The new female lead, Nicola Peltz, was once again overly sexualized and a scene was added where it’s revealed she’s a minor dating an older guy, which was not only weird but unnecessary.
The film is also filled with obvious product placements, and the promised dinosaur robots don’t appear until two hours into the movie, making it difficult to stay engaged. Despite some enjoyable action scenes, the movie is plagued with bad jokes, questionable moments, and a poor storyline that makes it an unpleasant viewing experience.
Transformers: The Last Knight
The Last Knight appears to be the point where Bay and the studio stopped putting in effort. Despite some improvements in character development, the movie suffers from a poor script, predictable humor, and a disregard for established lore. It does introduce an intriguing concept that Transformers have existed since ancient times, aiding humanity during significant events such as World War II.
However, this potential is not fully realized. The brainwashing of Optimus Prime and Megatron’s return lead to a final battle with little substance. The Last Knight seems to be the franchise’s final breath, and it’s understandable why Bay has chosen not to continue with it.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Due to the writers’ strike during its production, Revenge of the Fallen feels rushed and unfinished. The story is poorly paced, lacking breaks and continuity during its lengthy runtime. The editing is subpar, with reused shots and awkward humor that seems forced into random moments. The inclusion of pointless characters, like the roommate and LaBeouf’s parents, detract from the already weak plot.
Additionally, the stereotypical and racist portrayal of certain robots hasn’t aged well. However, the chemistry between LaBeouf and Megan Fox provides a glimmer of positivity, and the action sequences are impressive, particularly the forest scene with Optimus Prime. Overall, the movie is far from impressive, but LaBeouf’s storyline is relatively more engaging.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Despite suffering from some of the common problems found in Transformers movies, Dark of the Moon stands out as a decent entry in the franchise. The final battle between Autobots and Decepticons on the streets of Chicago is thrilling, featuring cool villains such as Shockwave and the Driller Decepticons, who bring a unique ability to the film. However, the plot is nonsensical, with the Decepticons wanting to recreate Earth as Cybertron in a confusing way.
The cast includes new comic relief characters and a human villain played by Patrick Dempsey, who only serves to create relationship drama. Despite its flaws, Dark of the Moon still manages to entertain and is less tedious than other entries in the series.
Transformers, the first movie in the franchise, is considered the best of the Bay films due to its simplicity and lack of convoluted lore that creates plot holes. While the film does have its flaws, such as the scene where Bumblebee pees on Turturo, these problems are kept to a minimum.
The story follows the Autobots as they come to Earth to stop Megatron and the Decepticons from obtaining the Allspark. The chemistry between LaBeouf and Fox is one of the movie’s strengths, but it’s a shame that Fox’s character didn’t have more to do. Bay’s direction is more restrained in this movie, resulting in a less chaotic feel. Although it’s still the best of the Bay films, that’s not a high bar to clear.
Bumblebee definitely breaks away from the style of the previous Transformers films right from the start, as seen in the opening scene on Cybertron. The redesign of the Transformers to more closely match their original look in the cartoons is one noticeable difference. However, what really sets Bumblebee apart is the human characters, especially Hailee Steinfeld’s portrayal of a strong and charismatic character with an interesting backstory.
The relationship between her and Bumblebee is heartwarming and reminiscent of E.T. The film has a more family-friendly vibe and is closer in tone to the cartoons. Though it’s not perfect but definitely Bumblebee is the best Transformers film yet, with better human characters, a decent script, and focused action.