Release Date: June 23, 2017
Director: Michael Bay
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock, Anthony Hopkins, Peter Cullen, Isabela Moner, Josh Duhamel, Gemma Chan
Story: Humans are at war with the Transformers, and Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving the future lies buried in the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Now, it’s up to the unlikely alliance of inventor Cade Yeager, Bumblebee, an English lord and an Oxford professor to save the world.
There’s only so many times you can watch the same film before it gets tedious and increasingly disappointing. With the first Transformers movie, Michael Bay created an exciting and epic-scale blockbuster that launched a new franchise with endless potential, but since then the director has only thrown away that potential, delivering some of the worst sequels in cinematic history. Don’t get me wrong, Transformers: The Last Knight isn’t the worst movie of all time, in fact, I would argue that it’s one of Bay’s most entertaining Transformers sequels, but at the end of the day it’s still a messy, pointless, and incompetent movie.
Starting with one of the more positive aspects of Transformers: The Last Knight, Michael Bay yet again does a great job with visual effects. With each new instalment of this franchise, Bay manages to enhance the visual quality of the Autobots and Decepticons. This is easily the best looking film in the franchise and that is only magnified by some of the incredible action sequences that Bay puts on screen. Like him or hate him, it’s hard to deny that Bay is great when it comes to shooting action. The Transformers have never looked better and honestly, I found myself really enjoying all of the action sequences and I don’t want to spoil anything but Optimus Prime is a total badass in this film, for the small amount of screen time given to the character.
Unfortunately, that’s where the positive things I have to say about this movie end.
Probably the biggest issue I have with Transformers: The Last Knight is Michael Bay’s unbelievable attempt at telling a story. While the director isn’t well known for his storytelling ability, this instalment of the franchise is probably the first to have an actual story to tell. Unfortunately, that story makes very little sense and feels like five different Transformers films have been thrown together to create this complete disaster of a summer blockbuster.While some critics would have you believe that Michael Bay is the only issue with this film, the real problem here is the script. Transformers: The Last Knight has possibly the weakest script in the entire franchise, and it’s hard to believe that a studio would even greenlight this screenplay. There are glaring issues with the narrative, horrific character development and some incredibly cheesy and downright horrible dialogue from some of the franchise’s most beloved characters.
While we’re talking about the script, I should probably mention this film’s disastrous attempt at comedy. I’ll admit that some of the jokes gained a few laughs, but most of the comedy in Transformers: The Last Knight fell flat, resulting in more than a few awkward silences. This isn’t a first for the Transformers franchise, but I will argue that the comedy felt more childish, silly and irrelevant than ever.
This franchise has always focused more on the human characters than the Transformers and while that worked for the first movie, Transformers: The Last Knight does a terrible job of balancing classic Autobots and the human characters. That would be fine if the human characters were even slightly interesting but more often than not I found myself wondering what was happening elsewhere, instead of focusing on the continuing narrative. Honestly, it’s hard to understand why Michael Bay forced us to spend less time with Transformers and more time with the dull and underdeveloped human characters. This film has major chunks and sequences, which don’t feature any Transformers and they are easily the most boring and pointless scenes in the movie.
Like I said in the introduction of this review, this is far from being the worst film in the Transformers franchise and die-hard fans will have plenty to enjoy. Michael Bay has yet again managed to create a visual spectacle and pieced together some of the most visually stunning action sequences that rival some of Hollywood’s best-looking movies. That being said, Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight is another waste of potential, and it’s a disappointing instalment that leaves the viewer questioning what the hell just happened. If you’re looking for a thoughtful, entertaining and coherent piece of cinema I would recommend that you skip this completely, there’s plenty of great summer movies on the way.