Transformers Movie Rankings
We rank all of the Transformers movies!
5. Transformers: The Last Knight
The worst Transformers movie is Transformers: The Last Knight. It's got a completely incoherent storyline, flat characters, terrible dialogue, and awful cinematography due to the ever-changing aspect ratio which makes the film totally unwatchable. It's as if Michael Bay intentionally made a bad movie this time. A writer's room was put together by the studio to come up with interesting ideas on how to expand the Transformers movie universe, but it seems as if Bay took several of those ideas and crammed them all into one movie. It's a terrible film from start to finish, and although the visual effects are great as usual, the film lacks any positive qualities outside of that.
4. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is such a frustrating movie. The film has a really good story at it's core, and does what any good sequel should which is expand the mythology of the series while diving deeper into the characters and delivering bigger, better action sequences. It even features some of the best action moments of the entire series, but it's all obscured by terrible dialogue, over-the-top action, and obnoxious characters. Killing Optimus Prime was a gut-wrenching moment after that great fight scene in the woods, but the movie doesn't capitalize on this epic and emotional moment. Instead, we spend far too much time with several stupid comic relief characters, none of which are all that funny. At least the ending is solid enough featuring a huge battle between the Autobots and Decepticons in the desert in which we witness the largest explosion ever put on film.
3. Transformers: Age of Extinction
This one took the series in a bit of a new direction bringing in a fresh cast which helped set it apart. However, with Michael Bay still at the helm, fans just got more of the signature Bayhem we all have come to expect. The director is great at showing audiences astonishing visuals and exhilarating action scenes, but unfortunately we still get shallow characters, dumb script, and a weak plot overall. Visual effects continue to stun, but everything else falls flat including the inane, over-the-top comedy. You'll enjoy the movie if you like cool special effects and big loud action, but you won't find much else here.
2. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
The third entry in this franchise is a really fun movie. While there are still some silly characters, bizarre attempts at comedy, and stale dialogue, some of the most interesting visuals of the series pop up during the Battle of Chicago. Watching such an iconic American city being invaded is tons of fun and each character gets a moment to shine here. It has a smarter plot than most of other films and works well as long as you can look past some of the more idiotic moments. This story also delivers some major twists and turns along the way, as well as cool new robot and human characters.
As usual, the first is still the best. The original Transformers movie is a simple story about a kid getting his first car, and because it's something everyone can identify with, it works very well. Wrap that relatable story in an alien invasion flick and you've got magic. No wonder Spielberg produced this, it's E.T. all over again! Here we have a really fun movie from start to finish with strong characters, including Shia LaBeouf's breakout performance, well-written dialogue, a tight and interesting story, and plenty of excellent action and visual effects. This remains the best of the series so far.