Transformers: The Last Knight review
Transformers; more then meets the eye. Transformers…ugh…I’m honestly really light on what to say. We’ve gotten to the fifth Transformers film in the franchise that is not well received by critics but it keeps making money. I’m already gonna say that it feels like I got the fifth retelling of the first movie. I’ll be honest, I still enjoy the original Transformers as it was dumb, but I had fun with it. The rest (especially the last one Age of Extinction) were just the same story with a different slap of paint on it. It seems to get a lot of people into the theater, so there is something that they like…but not me.
Aside from the typical style that Michael Bay is known for, all of these movies feel like their made by committee over at Paramount. They must have a check-off list of all the elements that a general audience would like such as cool actors, hot actresses, an acclaimed actor, the military, American flags, and as much product placement as possible to pay for it all. Add a bunch of alien robots and you get something that’s nothing more then cinematic junk food. Transformers: The Last Knight is more of the same, lets talk about it.
We open in the Dark ages where we find out that Transformers originally helped out King Arthur and had given Merlin the Wizard (played by Stanley Tucci) his staff that gave him his magic powers. Cut to present day where the world governments have now outlawed any Transformers, whether autobot or decepticon, with a military task force, the T.R.F., run by Colonel William Lennox (played by Josh Duhamel). It seems that despite the governments telling the people that the robots are evil, inventor Cade Yeager (played by Mark Wahlberg) is keeping some of the autobots safe while Optimus Prime is still looking for Cybertron.
Not only does Optimus find Cybertron in ruins, but a sorceress Transformer Queintessa, who wants to take the planet Earth and make it the new home, brainwashes him into going after the autobots. Meanwhile, Cade, Professor Viviane Wembly (played by Laura Haddock) are taken to England where they are introduced to Sir Edmund Burton (played by Anthony Hopkins). Here they learn that history has covered up the fact that the Transformers have helped out for years and to stop Cybertron from destroying Earth, they need to find Merlin’s staff. The humans and the autobots like Bumblebee, Hound, and Cogman team up to find this power and stop the great danger.
It all sounds like a mess and stuff we’ve already seen…and it is. Two things I will say is that it is shorter then the last movie (its about two hours and ten minutes) and I did get a laugh every now and then. Aside from that, Transformers: The Last Knight has the same ADD tone where we have almost no time to slow down from the explosion-filled action scene to the next. These are exhausting movies and I simply find them boring.
A lot of it has to do with Michael Bay, who can make good movies like The Rock and Pain & Gain, and the choices he makes. I noticed that about ninety percent of the shots are hand-held and the majority of action shots have so much clutter, that it’s hard to tell what’s going on half the time. This makes it another reason why I would not recommend watching these movies in 3D. The tone is all over the place with scenes of massive death that segway to the robots making a bad joke or cursing.
While the acting is alright, the humans are not what the people come for. They’re here for the Transformers, and they are still the same cutout personalities that they’ve been from day one. Why should I support these characters if they never learn anything? Just what are these stories about anyway? I’m just done with these movies as I know people are smarter then this and deserve better. It’s clear that if this makes another billion dollars, Transformers 6, 7, 8 and so one will be the same movie.
I’ll give this one and a half destroyed Transformer toys out of five. If you enjoy this sort of thing or simply want to enjoy some action scenes, I guess you’ll be fine with this. It’s just that I really want to see something new here and Transformers has made it clear that their going to keep doing the same thing. Autobots; I’m done.