Transformers: The Last Knight Movie Review
Transformers: The Last Knight is an entertaining film, full of humor and action and some outstanding CGI. The problem with the film is that it shoves three plot lines that could each make their own separate films into one two-and-a-half hour film. I do applaud Bay in the fact that he was able to still keep the audience interested and cover a ton of ground in the process. This was something that recent films such as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and The Mummy could not achieve. However, there were times when The Last Knight felt rushed and skipped around a lot. Fortunately, that is only limited to the first 30 minutes or so. Once Cade (Mark Wahlberg) meets Sir Edmund Burton (Anthony Hopkins), things escalate for the better. Slight spoiler warning, I will warn those who are reading this sentence that the whole Optimus gone evil part of the story lasts maybe ten minutes on-screen, which was the most disappointing of all.
I can't really go into too much detail because that would give away too much, but what I can say is that the world has gone all District 9 on the Autobots and anyone who helps them will be considered aiding the enemy and will become fugitives from justice and wanted by the highest levels of government. Cade is one of the few who has dedicated himself to aiding the Autobots and soon meets young Izabella (Isabella Moner) who lost her human family. It's never specifically stated when but considering her age I assume her family died during the events of Age of Extinction.
Isabella Moner and Laura Haddock are two of the strongest female characters in the entire Transformers series. Isabella is just 16 and she already has that take-on-the-world attitude. She didn't do many stunts but at least she didn't whimper and hide in a corner. She took charge and proved that she had the intelligence and will to do what anyone else could do. Laura Haddock is a HUGE step-up from the three previous female leads. She made sure her voice was heard and she was willing to get her hands dirty and get the job done.
The film begins to link up the previous films which was refreshing. I was relieved it didn't try to forget poor Shia "I'm Not Famous Anymore" LaBeouf. He doesn't make an appearance, however, the family name is mentioned in great detail. I'm hoping Shia will return for Transformers 6. Some of you may not want him to return but after the events in this film, it feels almost necessary to have him back.
In conclusion, I was left underwhelmed. In what was probably the weakest entry in the series, The Last Knight will make you chuckle and will keep you entertained, but it doesn't have the heart, prolonged battles, or intensity that the other four had and it also doesn't explain its main plot too well. I give it a 2.5 out of 4.
© 2017 Alec Zander