Transformers: The Last Knight Review

First Word: No one should see this movie. These movies are obviously critic proof as this film currently has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 17%. However, as bad as Transformers: The Last Knight is it is still far better then its predecessor.

Synopsis: This incomprehensible plot has Mark Wahlberg returning as Cade Yeager, working-class hero and friend of the good-guy Autobots. Autobot leader Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen) is gone and humanity has become a plaything for a variety of metal men, and our government is at war with them. The no-good Decepticons, the Autobots’ sworn enemies, are running amok, although a few military guys, including Col. Lennox (Josh Duhamel), are doing their best to fight back. Meanwhile, a magic staff given to man by the Transformers back in the Dark Ages — actually given to Merlin (Stanley Tucci, obviously doing this for the paycheck), who used it to help King Arthur — is now what’s needed to bring the Transformers’ dying home world of Cybertron back to life. (After “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” this is the second movie this year to desecrate the memory of poor King Arthur.) With a dizzying, byzantine story that bounces from the Dark Ages to contemporary Cuba (Hey, John Turturro, what are you doing here? Oh, that’s right, collecting a paycheck, too), contemporary England (et tu, Anthony Hopkins?) and Cybertron, The Last Knight doesn’t make any sense. 4/10

Cinematography: One would believe that this would be Transformers strongest category. However considering Transformers: The Last Knight is reported to have had a budget of 260 million dollars a lot of these scenes seem rather cheesy and poorly made. I watched the film in IMAX 3D and was annoyed by the constant aspect ratio changes. For such a big blockbuster movie this film is terribly shot and lazily made. 6/10

Characterization: The multiracial, multinational crew Cade leads to save the world — teenage Latina tough-girl Izabella (Isabela Moner), African-American comic-relief Jimmy (Jerrod Carmichael from “The Carmichael Show”), brainy British scientist Vivian Wembley (Laura Haddock) — feels like a studied rip-off of every other big-budget movie these days where family is where you find it, not whom you’re born to. The Fast and the Furious, Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men and the Star Wars reboots have already plowed this territory far more effectively. Not content with that level of mimicry, Bay even throws in his own “cute” R2-D2-like Transformer and a C-3PO wanna-be. These characters are as hollow as the films’ storyline. Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Hopkins are not terrible but fall victim of being in a terrible movie. 4/10

Conclusion: It’s a pity this is so bewilderingly bad, with Bay’s reliably smelly sexual politics. But watching Bay, you never know where you are, you never know who’s shouting, you never know why every entity in the universe has to bump its chest or is so insufferably angry. There is no coherent story just a selection of shots we have already seen in previous movies.

Final Score: 4.7/10


5 thoughts on “Transformers: The Last Knight Review

  1. I think Dark of the Moon was the worst. I mean having Patrick Dempsey as a bad guy….come on! Age of Extinction was fairly good (just way too long, especially the ending act). The Last Knight has some redeemable qualities (the cast / voice acting and the usage of the Arthurian lore), but its hard to overlook its complexed narrative, hokey jokes and gags, which get old quickly, and its predictable formula.

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