Retroplex Cinema Special: 30 Years Of Transformers: Ranking The Films

With the most recent Michael Bay Transformers spectacle in theaters Retroplex Cinema thought it would be a good time to look back and rank the cinematic adventures of the Autobots and Decepticons since the franchise began as a television cartoon back in 1984.From a cartoon made to sell toys, the franchise has come a long way and is still finding young fans today, with new films and new cartoons still being made for television.  This is how we rank the films.

Transformers (2007): Michael Bay's first foray into the Transformers film world is arguably the best of the bunch.  The sense of wonder of seeing live action versions of Optimus Prime wowed audiences with spectacular effects, amazing live renditions of the Transformers, and the best plot of the live action film's so far.  It's the story we grew up with, the Transformers arrive on Earth, Megatron wants to take it over, the Autobots defend it.  Simple but effective. 

Transformers: The Movie (1986):  Our favorite Transformers movie and one we covered in Retroplex Cinema before which you can read here.  Optimus Prime and Megatron battle to the death, Rodimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, and Galvatron make their first appearances, and who can forget Unicron.  A cool heavy metal soundtrack went along with it and Leonard Nimoy and Orson Welles lend their voices to the film. 

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011): After the first Transformers film from Michael Bay the film's kinda vary in range from somewhat misguided plots, to silly robots, and goofy human antics.  The third entry in the franchise is arguably the better of the final three at least from an action piece stand point.  The Battle Of Chicago over the last 40 minutes of the film is pretty spectacular and Optimus Prime kicking Megatron's ass at the film's end is worth the watch.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014):  The latest film in the franchise is a bit of a mess plot wise, but not as bad as critics make it out to be.  There are some spectacular action sequences, the Dinobots are pretty damn cool, and Mark Wahlberg is a welcome addition over the stale Shia Labeouf.  We still want to know though why Optimus or the flying Dinobot didn't just fly the bomb out of the city?

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009):  This is the worst film in the franchise no doubt.  The Optimus vs. Megatron fight in the middle of the film in the woods is pretty awesome, but the rest of the film is just a mess. A robot with literal "balls", a pair of jive talking Transformer twins, and a Decepticon that sucks up sand makes it overblown and just ridiculous.  It still has made the most money in the franchise's history despite being the worst of the bunch.

So that is how we rank the Transformers films so far.  Paramount is already planning a 5th film in the series, so there is certainly more to come. They may not be the best films ever made but they are certainly entertaining and as big kids, we are all pretty excited to get to see Optimus, Megatron, and more on the big screen.