Transformers: The Last Knight is the 5th Transformers movie. Forever directed by Michael Bay written by people that couldn’t make up their mind starring people that needed money perhaps, not sure. The Last Knight is filled to the rim with all the Michael Bay-isms and Mark Wahlberg reprising his role as Cade Yeager who is still helping the Autobots and Autobots again being hunted by the government and other agencies and the Decepticons still hunting down Autobots and an outside threat that will destroy earth again. That last run on sentence pretty much encapsulates the Transformers movie series of a never-ending movie franchise that won’t die because people won’t let it wither away.
The story again is riddled with an incoherent plot and contradictory settings. The movie will have you believe that the after effects from the previous movie has left the world almost post-apocalyptic with people just trying to survive. Another scene then showing that people couldn’t give any fucks as they carry on still racing on tv and high-class people playing polo. The movie is filled with too many subplots that make it feel longer than compared to other Transformers movies. Unnecessary characters that don’t contribute to the story. Izabella who appears in the beginning and in the trailers as a sassy tough street wise orphan who wants to fight back only to appear in small parts throughout the movie and even in the end to contribute nothing. Also plaguing this movie is annoying characters that have stupid dialog and/or allude to the idea that they don’t need to rely on the Autobots when clearly that is not true. It hasn’t been true ever and common fucking sense says if giant robots want to help you then you should let them. For the first movie I can see them acting in that manner, but these robots have been around long enough, people should have learned some lessons. The humor has more or at least the same amount of cringe worthy jokes than past installments. The only good parts of this movie are what you expect, some good enough acting with what they got from Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Hopkins. Towards the end there are some fun scenes to watch, but again not enough to warrant watching all the other garbage.
It’s a franchise based on selling toys about robots that transform. I watch it in hopes of seeing some fun scenes with robots fucking each other up, but there is too much emphasis on people and not on the robots. All in all, the movie just feels the same as the past Transformers movies with a bit more destroying almost to a Roland Emmerich level. I’m not sure if this movie series can be turned around and revitalized, but what I do know is that Michael Bay should stop.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running time: 2hr 29 min
Director: Michael Bay
Screenplay: Art Marcum, Matt Holloway and Ken Nolan
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Stanley Tucci, Laura Haddock, and Jerrod Carmichael
Producers: Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce
Executive Producers: Michael Bay, Brian Goldner, Steven Spielberg and Mark Vahradian
Music: Steve Jablonsky
Cinematography: Jonathan Sela