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The Transformers franchise is back, but only sort of? This week on Cinemaholics, we discuss Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. The new film takes place in the 90s and departs from the mainline Transformers movies by Michael Bay. It’s maybe barely a sequel to Bumblebee, the prequel we declared as the best Transformers by default in 2018. But this time around the Autobots, still led by Optimus Prime, team up with new allies inspired by the Beast Wars cartoon to stop a worldwide alien threat you probably don’t care about. That said, Jon and Will don’t fully see eye-to-eye on this one. So stay tuned to hear where they both ultimately land on this transformative new take on the series.

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts was directed by Steven Caple Jr. (Creed II) and written by Joby Harold, Darnell Metayer, Josh Peters, Erich Hoeber, and Jon Hoeber. The cast includes Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback in live-action roles, with the voice cast including Ron Perlman, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Yeoh, Liza Koshy, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Pete Davidson, Colman Domingo, Cristo Fernández, and Tongayi Chirisa. Plus longtime returning voices to the franchise: Peter Cullen, John DiMaggio, and David Sobolov. The film is being released through Paramount Pictures.

Our intro music this week is “Gato” by TyLuv. & Strehlow.

Synopsis for Transformers: Rise of the Beasts:

UNITE OR FALL. A ’90s globetrotting adventure that introduces the Maximals, Predacons, and Terrorcons to the existing battle on earth between Autobots and Decepticons. [Source: Letterboxd]

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