A toy line gave birth to an animated series, which in turn inspired the first Transformers movie in 2007, which later became a franchise. It went on to become Michael Bay‘s most popular and the criticized work. The movie had everything that people would have loved at that time – mind-blowing action sequences, robots, and conspiracy theories. Such was its popularity that a sequel was made that earned more at the box office than the first movie. We fell in love with Optimus Prime and Bumblebee over the series. Now, Bumblebee has got his own spin-off movie that comes to theaters on January 4, 2019. But before it releases, let’s take a look at the previous films in the franchise:
Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)
Not only did we miss Shia LeBoeuf in this installment, but the new characters did not invite the same amount of feelings as the original cast did. Although the introduction of dinobots was well appreciated, this movie did not hold the same charm as the predecessors.
Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
The last Transformers film to be directed by Michael Bay turned out to be the lowest grossing film of the franchise. While it had all the trademark high-octane action and we loved seeing Mark Wahlberg return after Age of Extinction, it made the drastic choice to be darker than the other films. Bold choice but might have been a misguided one.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Banking on the success of the first movie, this movie too focused on the war between Autobots and Decepticons. But it failed to wow the audience like the first one. Michael Bay and the team had to work very hard after that for the fans to come back to the series.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
This is the first movie in which some part of human history was intertwined with the Transformers’ history. The moon landing is perhaps everyone’s favorite conspiracy theory. As much as we might deny, it was one of the reasons why everyone lined up to watch this film. And the movie being excellent was an added bonus.
There is nothing that beats the original and this list proves that. We have seen a variety of fights that the Autobots have been in but the original is our favorite. It would also have been a classic had there been no sequels, but there’s a chance that Bumblebee might surpass this and have the top position as the best Transformers movie.
Bumblebee is now going to change everything that we know about the Transformers movies. Director Travis Knight is going to take a very different approach from Michael Bay and even show us more of everyone’s most favorite character in the whole franchise. Are you excited for Bumblebee? Read more about the movie here.