Let me start this off by saying I am one of the few people that actually enjoys the Transformers film franchise. Is there anything ground breaking about them? At this point, not really though the CGI work that goes into them is nothing less than spectacular. Are they on the fast track to any Hollywood award ceremonies? Probably not. But I have never been able to figure why the films are so hated on.
I will be the first to admit that the first one was by far the best in the series but to me the others have been just as enjoyable for what they are…giant robot fighting disaster porn.
Having said all that, I don’t think this one was that great of a movie. I am going to try to keep this relatively vague as I don’t want to spoil anything for those of you who would like to go see this movie regardless.
My short and dirty review being: I don’t think I would pay full price to go see this movie. If you had nothing else to do and wanted to catch a movie with friends/family on your theaters’ discount day maybe, but even then, there’s really nothing to write home about with this one. It fills the roll of your standard summer blockbuster action film but outside of that not much to offer.
Right from the get-go this movie had a tough time getting off the ground. It starts off in the dark ages with King Arthur and his Knights fighting a losing battle until Merlin finds transformer tech that grants him his “wizard” powers and turns the tide of war.
All of this is done to tie the Transformers to the events of human history and once again reinforce the idea that they have been on earth for a very, very long time. From there we jump to present day and things really start to get jarring.
The movie spends a lot of time jumping around to various places/characters/groups trying to establish the story but it ends up kind of jumbled and confusing. I’m not going to lie, I’m not sure the finer parts of the plot are ever that clear. Sure, the overall plot is easy enough to follow but there’s a lot of jumbled filler thrown in there.
To top that off most of that characters were quite forgettable.
The only two characters that really stood out to me were Anthony Hopkins character, Sir Edmund Burton, who is the lone survivor of an ancient organization that protects the secrets of the Transformers and his robot butler Cogman.
I really enjoyed both characters when they were on screen, more so when they were sharing the screen. They both brought a bit of welcomed non cringe-y humor to the film and were generally a joy to watch and usually had entertaining back and forth banter.
All in all, Transformers: The Last Knight was a mediocre film with a mostly jumbled plot and lackluster characters. However, if you do choose to go see it for the simple sake of robots, fighting, nonsensical explosions and damn fine cars I would recommend you go to it in Imax. You might as well see the Transformers in all their CGI Imax glory.
disclaimer: I received a free ticket in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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