Transformers The Last Knight Review
Thefanboyseo.com offers our Transformers The Last Knight review. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock, Anthony Hopkins and more. Now Showing from United International Pictures.
So here we are with the fifth installment in the Transformers film franchise aka Transformers Bay-verse and to tell you honestly, I’ve gotten used to all the negative stuff that comes along with a Michael Bay movie.
So in this movie, we pick up some time after the end of ‘Age of Extinction’ with the world still hating the transformers and Optimus Prime on his way to literally meet his maker. New trouble arises with the revelation of Transformers’ ties with the old world, particularly the Knights of the Round Table. Then thrust into all this is Wahlberg’s Cade Yaeger who once again proves that there are still people who believe in the Autobots and their good intentions for Earth. What is this coming threat? You’ll have to watch the movie to find out.
I liked TF5 because now we have an OK story. Was it better than all the old Bay-formers flicks? I’d have to say yes. While the story was all over the place, it felt like they tried somehow. Hey at least they tried.
The action is riveting and it’s a good dose sprinkled neatly all over the place. They also (at least for me) managed to make these small fights interesting as they have all sorts of good matches.
“The Last Knight” was pretty obvious in trying to hit several “touch points” for the audience. They dumbed down sexual content and added a child variable. Crafty little buggers. I also liked that they pretty much removed all the sexy stuff for this movie. They had Laura Haddock (Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 1 and vol. 2) wearing two “appealing” clothes and that’s that.
They were probably too lazy with the character Izabella (played by Isabela Moner) but hey, at least that’s an improvement.
Happy too that there’s no TJ Miller clones in this flick. God I hated TJ Miller in Age of Extinction, to the point that I actually cheered when he got killed off in movie 4. And Stanley Tucci here is kaput as well.
I gotta hand it to the visuals for the team.You can’t put down Transformers for the visual effects. You just can’t. Bay and his team continues to find ways to make explosions and battles look cool (explosions are either necessary or not).
The biggest pull for me, the one that says “Yes, there’s still that small glimmer of hope” or makes me think that this movie will light our darkest hour is Anthony Hopkins and Jim Carter’s Cogman. These two were the brightest moments for the film. Hopkins plays a different role here and I am definitely telling you in this Transformers The Last Knight review that this is THE characters to watch.
If there’s any promise here in the movie, its that they are definitely making Bumblebee a bad ass in this movie. He gets a new backstory (a silly and contrived one though) and they’ve begun teasing where and when the movie will take place. I’m already thinking that these scenes will find it’s way into the Bumblebee solo movie. Hopefully they don’t eff it up.
Megatron here is fucking useless. Useless I tell you. I can compare him to Joker from Suicide Squad. Both are big baddies that command fear and respect but didn’t really bring anything useless to the overall narrative. He was just there. What a waste. CGI-ing him was a waste and the effort they did could have been given to dishing out more fights between Optimus Prime and Bumblebee.
Plot was all over the place. How bad was it? If you re-edited the film and did a chronological order of scenes, you’d have a hard time figuring this or that. Then for an even crappier time, try connecting all the stuff here and add them to the other four movies. You’ll probably need a long lie down before you get them all.
Dinobots sucked again. Remember they got like 5 minutes screen time? Now they’ve gotten more only they were made to look stupid and worthless. Grimlock didn’t even bother joining the final battle.
Jesus Christ, this movie also had some of the cliche dialogues and worst movie logic ever. One example, having problems with “killing” an important element from your enemy’s plan? Why send humans when you’ve got a bigger “combiner” and Optimus Prime. It’s the Eagles logic from LOTR all over again.
They murdered three Transformers characters in one go. THREE! Here’s a non-spoiler murder. Hot Rod.
For Bay’s fifth Transformers movie, they turned Hot Rod into a faux-French chap that’s SOOOO different from the source material, you’ll probably say “palette swap” once or twice throughout the film.
I hated the running time. Nakakapagod. [In English, tiring]. Beautiful looking yes but also exhausting. Too many set pieces and very light on the quality.
Don’t expect a lot from Optimus Prime this time as it seems like they wanted to keep him low profile throughout the film. Only a few liners too. Really bummed that the main reason we see a Transformers movie is relegated to the sidelines for more than an hour.
Transformers The Last Knight Review VERDICT
Would have loved to give it something higher but for murdering specific characters AND continuing to murder them beyond Michael Bay-directed flicks, there will be hell to pay.