Transformers: The Last Knight is the latest instalment of the Transformers franchise from director Michael Bay. After five films of the toy movie adaptation, you would think by now these robots would put their differences aside and hug it out but the war between Autobots and Decepticons on Earth still continues.
Humans and Transformers are at war. To save the future of Earth lies buried in the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers. It’s up to Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), Bumblebee, an English lord (Anthony Hopkins) and an Oxford professor (Laura Haddock) to save the world.
Meanwhile Optimus Prime has returned back to Cybertron to find the planet disassembled into pieces. Optimus confronts his maker, a powerful sorceress named Quintessa and she corrupts him to do her bidding to destroy Earth so Cybertron can live.
Mark Wahlberg is back as Cade Yeager, the hero from Transformers: Age of Extinction. Anthony Hopkins and Laura Haddock join the cast with Josh Duhamel and John Turturro reprise their roles from the first three films.
The cast is likeable but their performances are not enough to save the film. There’s a few uncomfortable humourless moments where Wahlberg, Hopkins and Haddock cracking jokes with Hopkins saying hip words like “dude”. The chemistry between Wahlberg and Haddock is fine but a cliche, their characters don’t get along when they first team up and bicker then later develop feelings for one another.
Transformers: The Last Knight is a headache to watch. There’s no doubt Bay can make a great pop corn movie. The action is smashing, explosive with dynamite special effects but he always lacks focus in the story and character development. The narrative felt all over the place balancing so many characters and two storylines at the same time.
The editing felt jumpy and at times annoying to watch the aspect ratio constantly changing during the 2D version.
Typical Transformers film, spectacular action and special effects with a lousy plot. Overall, this latest instalment of the franchise won’t disappoint fans.
Rating: 2.5/5 Stars