Pete Davidson as a talking robot adds unexpected charm to the film and deserves recognition

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts" finds a satisfying groove, departing from the Michael Bay era and embracing a crowd-pleasing, nostalgia-filled adventure

The quest for the Trans Warp Key takes Optimus Prime and the Autobots to 1994, battling Unicron and his henchman Scourge for control

The film introduces animal-themed transforming robots called Maximals, who team up with the Autobots to defend Earth from Unicron's plans

Noah and Elena, played by Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback, bring heart and purpose to the narrative, standing out from the previous Transformers films

Directed by Steven Caple Jr. "Beasts" showcases spiffy visual effects, coherent action scenes, and sharper writing, elevating the film beyond the Bayhem days

The diverse cast, including the voices of veteran Peter Cullen, Ron Perlman and Cristo Fernández, brings depth and likability to their respective Transformer characters

The film explores the dynamics between Optimus Prime and Noah, building trust and common ground, while highlighting the evolution of beloved characters