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Transformers: Rise of the Beasts Movie Review | Safe for Kids? Parents Guide
It’s more than meets the eye…?
Maybe 6 times the charm? It’s hard to grasp that the first Transformers live action film released in 2007. We’ve battled Decepticons, been to outer space, almost eliminated the human race, and been to war countless times. Now on it’s 6th film (um, who asked for a Transformers prequel sequel?), can Paramount Pictures transform the Transformers franchise with a fresh cast, and a new director?
We may need more than an allspark to save our summer.
In this Transformers: Rise of the Beasts Movie Review | Safe for Kids?, I’m breaking down the visuals, the story, a full PG-13 age rating explanation for violence, adult themes and language, and what kids’ age recommendation is suggested to watch in this new live action Transformers: Rise of the Beasts parents guide to the new Transformers 6 prequel sequel film. A no-spoiler parent review of Transformers 2023, should these Autobots have rolled out a few films ago? Or is this Transformers sequel worth the adding to your summer family blockbuster list?
Visually, this Transformers film is pretty darn good for a Paramount Pictures/Skydance CGI film. Definitely can see crisp detailing in the engineering of the Transformers and out-of-space landscapes, while also enjoying a few earthly landscape views as well.
The Transformers fandom will definitely appreciate seeing Transformers: Rise of the Beasts in 3D and/or IMAX for this summer film.
Photosensitivity Warning. For viewers prone to epilepsy and photosensitivity, be warned that there are multiple scenes in Transformers: Rise of Beasts that can be triggering. As expected, the out-of-this world use of CGI effects, battle sequences and weaponry can cause bright flashing lights and strobing effects, especially during nighttime scenes. There are also scenes in darkness and a few possibly nauseating camera tricks.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, the 6th action-adventure sequel in the Transformers movie franchise, is directed by Steven Caple Jr. (“Creed II“), taking over for Michael Bay who directed the first 5 Transformers films. The film stars newcomers Anthony Ramos (“The Bad Guys“) as Noah Diaz and Dominique Fishback (“Show Me a Hero“) as Elena, along with voice talents of Peter Cullen (“Transformers original animated series“), Ron Perlman (“Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio“), Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones“), Michelle Yeoh (“Everything Everywhere All At Once“), Pete Davidson (“The Suicide Squad“) and more.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts introduces a new faction of Transformer – the Maximals – to the existing battle on earth between Autobots and Decepticons along with a couple of new human co-stars who ultimately are needed to team up and save the planet and the human race from annihilation. While the story synopsis sounds super cheesy, cringe-y and predictable (yes, ALL me here), going in with very little expectations for this Transformers franchise prequel spin (especially post 3 BOMBS of Transformers sequels) actually produced some surprising results.
Set back in 1994 (yes, insert all prequel sequel jokes here), Transformers fans will love the childhood nostalgic Transformers references mixed in with 90’s pop culture references. Anthony Ramos shines with new blood, new jokes and new character flaws that are relatable and fun.
Don’t get me wrong. The story and action is flawed, predictable and cringe-y every step of the way. And while yes the plot is predictable and the Optimus Prime one-liners are forever forehead slapping, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts provides non-stop action, humor and heart – the perfect formula for a summer family flick.
That PG-13 Rating Explained
Is Transformers: Rise of the Beasts safe for kids? Can summer survive another Transformers film that is rated PG-13? Should parents be concerned? It’s no secret that I am highly skeptical of all MPAA ratings (um hello, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker not disclosing any language??). And as we know, not all movie and TV age ratings are the same. As a parent, it’s been rather heartbreaking to witness how ratings have shifted over the years with a G-rating no longer an option.
PG ratings now oscillating between Turning Red intense to Christopher Robin calm, and even PG-13/TV-14 age ratings teetering on the edge of R or MA ratings (Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery and Werewolf by Night, I see you!), there’s a wide range between the age of 0-14 years old for parents to consider. Having fully disclosed parent guidelines can help determine if a movie or show is kid friendly – and safe for the whole family to watch together.
Why is Transformers: Rise of the Beasts rated PG-13? In this Transformers: Rise of the Beasts Movie Review | Safe for Kids?, this Transformers 6 film sequel is rated PG-13 for “intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and language.” With film and TV ratings also unpredictable these days, having fully disclosed parent guidelines can help determine if a movie or television show like Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is kid friendly. Is this live action Transformers: Rise of the Beasts too scary for kids? Let’s breakdown that PG-13 age rating in this Transformers: Rise of the Beasts parents guide.
Violence/Suspense. About what you would expect of a highly technologically sophisticated sci-fi action Transformers film. While blood and gore is overall mild with a few bloody cuts and scrapes (being that most of the cast is alien machine), be prepared for multiple close up hand-to-hand combat, use of multiple “guns” and weapons, and mild to moderate suspense (a few easy to anticipate jump scare scenes), peril and death.
Adult Themes. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts may not have disclosed any adult themes, but I certainly think there are a few movie moments worth mentioning. Death, grief and loss are common themes. Mild discussion of a serious childhood illness and a few scenes of at-home treatments/remedies (that may produce questions from younger kids). 2 verbal references to “racist” comments. There’s also a very mild toilet humor reference referring to “engine oil” (very similar to Cars 2).
Adult content includes one verbal Spanish reference to “cajones.” 2 verbal adult content references to “been inside me” and “don’t ask what part of my body it came from” that are used for adult humor (most likely will go over the heads of children).
Language. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts doesn’t play when it comes to swear words and foul language. I counted almost 30 references, thought not quite as foul as Guardians 3. Swear words include 8 “sh!t,” 12 uses of H-E-double-hockey sticks,” 5 “@ss,” 3 “d@mn,” and one visual of a “middle finger.”
Milder insults and bad language include referring to girls as “hoes,” Spanish phrase of “cajones muy grande,” “dang,” “shoot,” and “oh my g-d,” and “oh my gosh.”
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts Movie Age Rating for Kids?
With a runtime of 1 hour 57 minutes, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts wins for the shortest live action Transformers film. Thankful that this Transformers prequel isn’t long and drawn out for the sake of more CGI battles, useless plot holes, and unnecessary one-liners.
Not surprisingly, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts compares easily to the 5 other live action Transformers films in the franchise. Most comparable to Transformers: Age of Extinction with a hint of Lord of the Rings.
This 2023 live action Transformers 6 film sequel from Paramount Pictures is rated PG-13 for “intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and language” by the MPAA.
Yes! Fans, be sure to stay in those seats for one mid credits scene that is exciting and SURPRISING! Definitely will produce many gasps from the audience.
Based on my Transformers: Rise of the Beasts parents guide and mom review above, this parent movie reviewer would not recommend Transformers 2023 to kids younger than 7-8 years old.
Considering the PG-13 age rating breakdown above, this parent movie reviewer would not recommend 2023 Transformers: Rise of the Beasts to kids younger than the age of 7-8 years old. This Transformers: Rise of the Beasts PG-13 rating is pretty spot on and easily comparable to previous Transformers movie ratings as well as more recent films like Dungeons & Dragons or Ant-Man 3.
I recommend parents prescreen Transformers: Rise of the Beasts for sci-fi violence and language. I do think most of the adult content will go over the heads of most kids. Overall, if you’re ok with the language portion, this is exactly the Transformers film that will entertain both old and younger generations of Transformers fans.
Why am I craving Twizzlers now? Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is more than meets the eye when it comes to a summer film release. I went in with very little expectations for a Transformers prequel sequel and left with a surprisingly positive feeling. Maybe it’s my laidback school is out for summer mode. But nostalgia meets summer blockbuster in this Transformers 2023 film. A surprising twist to the summer movie blockbuster list, this one may be worth adding to yours.
Good call on a new director with a new direction – Transformers has transformed the franchise with a fresh cast, fresh director and fresh perspective – giving life to robots with a touch of relatable humanity. This summer, you can’t help but feel good watching a film that takes you back to your prime.
Optimus at his 1990’s prime? I think so. He’s cringe-y good at being his 1994 version of horrible one-liners and stubborn leadership. But with action, humor, 90’s vibes, and heart, it’s worth an “roll out.” Overall, this Transformers formula is exactly what fans will love for a summer blockbuster film.
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Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, the all-new Transformers 2023 film sequel, is rising in theaters starting on Friday June 9, 2023. Will your family be watching?
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