02CBD: Another Cybertronian Mess

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Metro Manila Community Quarantine - Day 1193

I waited for Tobie to get back before watching Transformers: Rise of the Beasts because I didn't want a repeat of the rollercoaster that was me nearly watching Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse alone. I had considered watching it alone since live-action Transformers movies have been a mixed bag, but hey, even watching a bad movie with Tobie is so much better than seeing it alone.

So the movie...was weird. On the one hand, I'm trying to appreciate it as a piece of entertainment that stands on its own. On the other hand, I'm also trying to reconcile what I know of Transformers lore across the different shows and generously appreciate what they tried to do with this movie. In either case, it's not a bad movie...but it's not great either. And when I think about the lore...a lot of stuff doesn't line up.

But what can we expect from these movies, right? After so many years, there has yet to be a live-action Transformers movie that got me genuinely excited, except maybe for the first one (ignorance is bliss) and the other Bumblebee movie (that prologue was EVERYTHING). I do my best to keep my expectations low, but I'm only human.

I suppose it helped that this was a Transformers movie that didn't even have any Decepticons, so they couldn't screw that up. No Soundwave is better than poor Soundwave representation, if you get my drift. 

Maybe I'll like the movie a bit more in the morning.