“Rise of the Beasts” resurrects the well-loved Transformers characters, led by the iconic Optimus Prime voiced by Peter Cullen, alongside the Maximals from “Transformers: Beast Wars” and a troupe of intergalactic villains working under the planet-devouring Unicron. Striking a fine balance, the film grants attention to the human characters, portrayed by Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback, who become entangled in the colossal battle between good and evil. Against the gritty backdrop of 1994 New York City, Ramos’s Noah, a former military electronics expert, and Fishback’s Elena, an intelligent artifacts specialist, face challenges related to race and marginalization. With a stellar voice cast featuring Pete Davidson, Michelle Yeoh, Ron Perlman, and Peter Dinklage, accompanied by infectious ’90s hip-hop music, the movie successfully evokes a sense of nostalgia. However, the climactic fight lacks the excitement of previous action sequences, and the foreseeable outcomes and hints at future installments weaken the stakes. Nevertheless, fans can prepare for more adrenaline-pumping Transformers escapades in this ever-expanding cinematic universe. Visit afdah info for more!