The Transformers films have been financial hits but critical flops. Many Transformers fans hate the Michael Bay trilogy for it not being faithful to the source material, and newcomers dislike it for having action scenes go on for far too long and are hard to see properly, dumb humour and poor acting. That being said, the franchise is not without it’s fair share of victories. With three films that are almost three hours long each, there has to be at least ONE good thing about each. So without further ado, let’s take a look at, in my opinion, the best moments/scenes of the trilogy that everyone loves to hate, Transformers. Warning: Major spoilers for all three films below.
Number 5: The highway battle/Optimus Prime vs Bonecrusher (from Transformers)
The first fight between two Transformers (Bumblebee and Barricade) and in the first film was…underwhelming to say the least. This was because it was shot in such a hyperactive way that I could barley tell who was winning or what was going on. Thankfully, the next big action scene,taking place on a highway in broad daylight, truly showed just how cool two robots fighting can really be. This brief yet brutal clash of the titans made good use of the transforming aspect that makes these robots so special. Best of all, we could tell the robots apart. It remains one of the most memorable moments in the franchise, as well as my favourite fight of the first film.
Number 4: Megatron saves the day (From Transformers: Dark of the Moon)
This one was a real surprise. In the final film of the trilogy the villain, Sentinel Prime, gets into a fairly intense one on one duel with Optimus Prime. While this is going on, Carly (one of The human protagonists) finds a wounded Megatron lying against a building. The two of them have a conversation that causes the deceptacon to second guess his alliance with Sentinel, as well as his loyalty. In light of this, he SAVES Optimus Prime in the process of fighting Sentinel Prime. Of course Megatron and Optimus end up fighting afterwords due to Megatron’s desire to still be in charge, but here’s what I love about this scene; For the last three movies, Megatron has always been the ultimate villain that the characters all know and fear. Yet in the moment of truth, without Megatron’s involvement in the final battle, The good guys would have lost, and Sentinel Prime would have won. In an interesting turn of events, both Optimus and Megatron were needed to save the world, and I will be honest, I did not see it coming.
Number 3: The Shanghai battle (From Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)
Revenge of the Fallen is seen by many as the worst of the Transformers films. While I agree that it’s the weakest of the trilogy, there’s no denying that it also had the best opening sequence of al three films. It’s fast paced,yet easy to follow, and Just like the highway battle in the first film, it makes terrific use of the transforming aspect. I won’t spoil it here, but Optimus Prime’s introduction into the film is unexpected and just plain awesome. Despite the fact that the rest of the movie is (mostly) less then stellar, this was still a tremendous way to start things off. in my opinion, it’s the best action sequence as well as the best opening of the franchise.
Number 2: Meeting Optimus Prime for the first time (From Transformers)
Ok, admit it. You got chills when you first saw this guy transform from a truck into the majestic autobot the fans know and love. Even if your not a fan, this was still an impressive scene thanks to the stunning visuals. Back in 2007 we hadn’t seen anything quite like this before, so the first few times we saw Transformers really transform was very memorable and very exciting. This scene is also a great introduction to many of the Autobots that had not yet made appearances in the movie, and as an added bonus for the fans, hearing Peter Cullen providing the voice for Optimus prime again was a real delight.
Honourable mention: Scorponok fight (From Transformers)
This sequence showcased my favourite Transformer in all his glory. That alone earns it a spot on this list. Despite the fact that the location was rather boring and the shaky camera didn’t help much. (Hence why it’s an honourable mention)
Number 1: Megaton speaks to The Fallen and Starscream (From Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)
What’s this? The best scene from the franchise comes from arguably the worst entry? That seems to be the case. The reason I consider this the best scene in the Transformers series is because it’s all about establishing that the Transformers themselves are characters Rather then just machines that punch each other. We learn everything we need to know about these villains (Megatron, his master the Fallen and Starscream, the cowardly assistant) in this short dialogue scene and a little bit more. For the fans, this scene was great because it stayed true to who all three of these characters were, With my favourite moment being when Megatron scolds Starscream for leaving him to die on earth. Starscream states:
“I only left you assist in creating our new army! The Fallen decrees it! After all, in your absence someone had to take command.”
And then Megatron replies:
” Even in death there is no command but mine!”
This scene is just great. The dialogue is memorable, the atmosphere is great, It’s a great villain moment and it finally gives the transformers some character development and personality. Which is why it’s my pick for the best moment in the Transformers series.
So those are my top five favourite moments of the Transformers movies. Do I still find the movies dumb? Yes. Are they still hard to sit through sometimes? Yes. Do I think they should give a director other then Michael Bay a shot at the franchise? Of course. So what keeps me coming back? I guess it’s because while the films do tend to be overblown messes, they all have moments that do really impress me. The point of this wasn’t to defend the films altogether, but rather to show that they aren’t all bad. When this franchise gets it right, it REALLY gets it right. The latest instalment, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” comes out this Week and I’m kind of looking forward to it. Maybe this will be the first Transformers movie that I can proudly show to my kids as the best Transformers movie of MY generation….
or maybe I can just fastforward to the Dinobots scenes with them. Either way, I have a few questions for you readers. Do you love the Transformers films? Do you hate them? Are you indifferent towards them? Did I miss any scenes that stand out to you as really great? Let me know in the comments!