The original, and the best.
- The reveal of Blitzwing, who looks just like G1 Starscream. Many YouTube reactions on the trailer had the audiences literally screaming when he showed up!
- There was a bit of initial backlash though once it was revealed that "Starscream" wasn't really Starscream at all. Though it's mostly been mitigated by Blitzwing being a genuinely threatening antagonist, and the real Starscream appearing in the Cybertron scene as a separate character.
- The Cybertron sequences with Optimus Prime, Soundwave, and Shockwave in the next trailer got similar reactions.
- For first few seconds of the film, there is first a black screen with music slowly building up, and soon after the screen changes. We see an aerial shot of grayish mechanic landscape filled with highly detailed streets and buildings with yellow lighting. Whole view is filled with immense laser fire and explosions. Soon after, an info text appears: Cybertron.
- In the first five minutes, we see Ratchet, Arcee, Wheeljack and more, all in combat and sporting updated but very G1-inspired designs. It's good to be back.
- Optimus Prime's opening move is to take out some Seekers who were pinning his soldiers down before confronting some more and even throwing one of them to the floor. To put it simply? He was literally wiping the floor with those Seekers.
- Later, he escapes the exploding building by leaping off the roof and latching onto a Seeker in vehicle mode to safety.
- The last we saw of Optimus Prime was that he was surrounded by Soundwave, Starscream, Shockwave and what looked like dozens upon dozens of Decepticons. The fact that he was alive and well at the epilogue of the movie undoubtedly speaks of an Offscreen Moment of Awesome.
- To add contrast, Shatter and Dropkick were present in above mentioned battle swarming the Aubobot leader, and are later interrogating Cliffjumper saying that Prime had escaped. Much later in the film, when finding Primes message to B-127 announcing to be on his way to Earth, Dropkick sounds outright scared of the idea of Prime arriving to defend the planet personally, giving quite an indication that the two Cons have witnessed his might.
- Bee's introduction on Cybertron, in which he utilizes Car Fu on two unsuspecting decepticons before smashing into a third one and using him as an improvised landing pad (killing him in the process), and then kicking his head towards another enemy which was creeping up on Optimus Prime.
- During Soundwaves introduction to the battle, the camera shifts and ultimately zooms out to reveal none other than Starscream and Shockwave in glorious panorama shot. The presence of all three Decepticons (and the army behind them) is what makes Optimus Prime himself put on an almost panicked expression and immediately order his remaining troops to fall back as the enemy communications officer borrows Megatron's Catchphrase.
Soundwave: Decepticons, Attack!
- As Optimus faces the Decepticons to give the Autobots time to retreat, he puts up a one-sided smackdown on all that face him, until he hears...
Soundwave: Ravage, Eject.
- At which point, Soundwave ejects a cassette that transforms into Ravage with the original generation one transforming sound, and begins a vicious counterattack against Optimus that actually troubles the Autobot leader.
- The fact that despite the Autobots still managing to put up a great initial resistance against the Decepticons, the Cons' have enough might and numbers to eventually break through, terrifying even Optimus.
- In what may well be a Call-Back to Starscream's demise in Dark of the Moon, Bumblebee killing Blitzwing by embedding one of the Seeker's arm missiles into his chest and firing a shot at the exact same spot; blasting the Decepticon to burning scrap metal with his own explosives.
- Bumblebee actually gets to show off some real martial arts skills in this time around. In his fight against Dropkick, both characters tend to use Judo moves against each other.
- For a lot of the movie, the impression is that the military might hold their own against Cybertronians, particularly with their heavy ordnance and harpoon guns. Then Burns throws down Charlie, leading to Bumblebee doing something he hadn't against humans in the entire film, fight back. He effortlessly halts the jeeps dragging him back, stands up (and pulling them forward) and just annihilates them. The harpoons embedded in him? Handled in a single knife slice. Their weapons fire? Barely an irritant. His own fire power, hugely superior. Drives home the fact that not only is Bee awesome, but he's also physically the weakest of the Earthbound Cybertronians. He wins fights through skill and quick thinking, not raw power. Puts Shatter and Dropkick's first meeting with Sector Seven in a new light.
- Bee shows that despite his smaller size he is very ingenious when it comes to fighting larger opponents. During his fight with Dropkick he grabs an I-beam and attacks Kick's joints before smashing it into his face. Showing that he also knows to attack weak spots first.
- Bumblebee fighting Dropkick, which ends with Bee wrapping a chain around the Decepticon, and tearing him to bits with one swift pull.
- Not to mention the fight itself, which includes some brilliant choreography (at one point, Bee uses a judo throw against Dropkick), plus the single-shot scene of Charlie running to the radio tower while attempting to stay out of their way.
- Bumblebee fighting Shatter after that, which ends with Bee firing a shot to break a harbour wall behind Shatter, and when she tries to escape her doom he simply grabs her and restrains her in place which causes Shatter to be crushed between a container ship and the aforementioned wall.
- Really, Bee in general is just a badass, going toe to toe with much bigger Decepticons and fighting on even ground. He may be small, but he's speedy and can take a lot of punishment. No wonder Optimus trusted him so much!
- Blitzwing deserves praise for delivering one of the most brutal lines ever spoken to a defiant interrogatee, right before nonchalantly ripping out Bumblebee's voice box and then hurling him off a tall cliff.
- Cliffjumper's attempt at a Heroic Sacrifice. He's down an arm and very clearly is doomed; yet he continuously repeats the same phrase with increasing levels of defiance. It's only ruined by Charlie accidentally activating Bee's signal, but that doesn't diminish the awesomeness of the moment itself. It takes guts to go out of your way to piss off two Decepticons who will kill you if you don't do what they ask, just to protect your commander.
Cliffjumper: My name is Cliffjumper, lieutenant of the Autobot resistance.
- Bumblebee held his own against Blitzwing and his skill allowed him to beat Dropkick. Shatter puts up a much bigger fight, being stronger and able to match him move for move. It's an awesome fight where she drops him with a full on kick counter.
- You have to give Shatter and Dropkick credit for realizing they can simply pretend to be the good robots in the conflict to get the help of the human authorities while also seriously putting the screws to Bumblebee. It's a tactic rarely if ever seen in the franchise, and adds a great fresh new element to the film.
You cant spell Decepticon without deception.
- Just the mere fact that the film focuses on three main Decepticons, each with a good amount of screen time, memorable dialogue and distinctive personalities. Blitzwing is cruel and sadistic with a twisted sense of humor, Shatter is calm, manipulative and clever, and Dropkick is a trigger-happy sociopath with Deadpan Snarker tendencies. Compare and contrast with the Cons in the previous Transformers movies, which tended to have at least a dozen per movie, with no personality or dialogue to speak of and essentially being a mass of Mooks that are quickly killed off.
- As of this writing, Bumblebee holds a whopping 93% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Not only is it the highest-rated Transformers film on the site and scores significantly higher than 2007's Transformers, it is the first Transformers film to hold a Fresh rating, including the original 1986 animated film.
- Want to hear a sentence you probably never thought you would? A Transformers movie went against a Star Wars movie...note and won. (Though in fairness, Solo had a mediocre reception from fans and critics alike.)
- That they were able to get Bumblebee's original altmode back — the '60s VW Beetle. Volkswagen had adamantly refused to allow Hasbro, since at least the time of Transformers, permission to depict Bumblebee as the iconic Bug. Their reasoning seemed to be that they didn't want the Beetle associated with war and violencenote so getting them to change their mind and grant permission to allow nostalgia to flourish is pretty awesome.
- One for the writers: there's been plenty of movies that end with the guy and girl hooking up, and the protagonists riding off into the sunset once the villains are defeated. Not this time. Even though Charlie and Memo have grown close throughout their time together, Charlie's not quite ready to start dating Memo yet, a decision he wholly respects. That's quite a welcome change of pace for how relationships are shown in movies.
- The attention to detail the filmmakers took in potraying the nostalgia of an 80s film; from the songs, the stalls at the fair, movie posters in Memo's room, Bumblebee being seen playing Pong on an Atari 2600, and the models of the cars depicted.