Noah Diaz (Anthony Ramos) lives in New York during the late 1990’s with his mother (Luna Lauren Velez) and his little brother Kris (Dean Scott Vazquez) who is dealing with health issues. Noah is ex-military and down on his luck having a problem of finding a job and of course insurance for his little brother. Meanwhile at the museum Elena (Dominique Fishback) is working hard as an intern working for a very ignorant boss Jillian (Sarah Stiles). Elena knows her artifacts, and her boss, like so many of them, takes all the credit for Elena’s knowledge but when a statue of a large bird comes in Elena is very intrigued by the symbols on the front of it.
Needing money Noah decides to take the low road of stealing cars with his buddy but little does he know at first that the car he enters into is really an Autobot known as Mirage (voice of Pete Davidson) and from that moment on a human to machine friendship has evolved. This at first, scary relationship for Noah, leads into meeting others, Wheeljack (voice of Cristo Fernandez), Bumblebee and the leader Optimus Prime (voice of Peter Cullen). They know that the Terrorcons are on their way to earth being led by their leader Scourge (voice of Peter Dinklage) under the command of Unicon (voice of Colman Domingo) known as the planet destroyer that eats entire planets. Not only does the Autobots team up with two humans, Noah and Elena, but they also work with several Primals led by Optimus Primal (voice of Ron Perlman). They must find and defend the source of power that has been hidden for years that could be the only way of saving earth but also the Autobots planet as well.
I loved this rendition of the franchise. So many times, the scenes are dark or the battles are so quick you can’t keep up but with this film it was perfect in so many ways, the direction, writing, score, special effects are all superb. I especially enjoyed the presence of the Primals, gorilla, cheetah, hawk, rhino and the scorpions which all contributed to a fantasy world of robots and humans. All the voice work is just perfect and there are definitely some pretty hysterical lines in the story mostly involving Mirage which is my favorite character in this story besides all the animal robots. Ramos does not disappoint and is right on his mark most of the time as well as Fishback who comes across fragile at first but eventually finds her inner and outer strengths. I can’t say that no animals get harmed in this film but all of them happen to be robots. There is action from start to finish but some great character development as well that makes it not all war but some love too.