The Transformers in the cinema have always been more or less the same: huge vehicles or not so much, that suddenly move and look like they enter a compactor and then come out made of these impressive robots. The plots never mattered too much to the children and adults who played with the Transformers, and neither did the humans, who used to change from movie to movie, who accompanied the Autobots (from Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox to Mark Wahlberg and Sir Anthony Hopkins).
But hey, when the spin-off Bumblebee (2018) arrived, already without Michael Bay behind the camera, it was demonstrated that the robotic saga could have something more heart, apart from twisted and grinding irons, good sound and visual effects and crazy editing.
Everything comes to mind of Transformers: Awakening of the Beasts, by Steven Caple Jr. (yes, the one who directed Creed II), which starts in 1994, long before the previous Transformers -the first is from 2007-. And it introduces a new "race", the Maximals, the Transformers of wild animals, who were in the 1996 TV series.
Bumblebee, one of the Autobots protagonists of the film of the saga, which luckily no longer directs Michael Bay. UIP Photos
The first combat is between the Maximals, commanded by Optimus Primal (Primal, in honor of Optimus Prime, who will already appear), and who is the leader and robot gorilla, and Scourge, the villainous leader of the Terrorcons, voiced by Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), on a distant planet. The object they fight for is the Transwarp key, which opens portals of space and time, and which, if it falls into the possession of Unicron, a metallic ring in outer space, could engulf entire planets.
From "Game of Thrones" and "Hamilton"
From there he jumps to Earth, where Noah Diaz (Anthony Ramos, doing a pirouette to go from Hamilton on Broadway and In the Heights to this), a private soldier, but genius in electronics, does not get a job to help his mother and his 11-year-old brother, with sickle cell anemia.
Optimus Primal (Primal, in honor of Optimus Prime) is the leader and robot gorilla of the Maximals, the novelty of the saga that started in 2007 in the cinema.
In short: the blessed key has been divided in two, one half is in a statuette in the shape of an ancient Falcon, which in a museum studies Elena (Dominique Fishback, of Judas and the Black Messiah), an intern who knows more than her own boss. Noah and Elena will help the Autobots find the other half, which will lead them all – the good guys and the bad robots, who come to Earth – to Machu Picchu.
If Unicron holds the full key, it will destroy Earth. And Optimus Prime wants her so the Autobots can return to their planet, Cybertron.
Good and bad robots will fight – as always – to prevail, while the Earth – as always – is in danger.
What they perhaps saved on the flesh-and-blood cast they spent on the voices. In addition, there is Michelle Yeoh (last Oscar winner) lending hers to Airazor, a heroic falcon.
Here there are dialogues that have a meaning, which is already saying enough compared to the films directed by Michael Bay, which except for the first, the one of 2007, which was really good and original, the rest ...
Will this be Transformers: Awakening of the Beasts, the awakening of the franchise? So be it.
This time, the dialogues are more "human", and the terrestrial ones have their importance in the plot.
"Transformers: Awakens of the Beasts"
Action, United States, 2022. Original title: "Transformers: Rise of the Beasts". 127', SAM 13. Of: Steven Caple Jr. With: Anthony Ramos, Dominique Fishback and the voices of Michelle Yeoh, Peter Dinklage, Ron Perlman, Cristo Fernández. Rooms: IMAX, Cinépolis Recoleta and Houssay, Cinemark Palermo, Showcase Belgrano, Hoyts Dot.