Friday, June 23, 2017

Movie Review: "Transformers: The Last Knight"

“Transformers: The Last Knight” adds depth to Michael Bay’s movie franchise and its mythos. Just as they popped up in prehistoric times and ancient Egpyt, Autobot and Decepticon history on Earth is traced back to the Middle Ages this time around. While watching the film, one will see some of these connections as quite ambiguous. Nearly zero explanation is given for how everything ties into actual history.

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 Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), Bumblebee, an English lord (Anthony Hopkins) and an Oxford professor (Laura Haddock) to save the world in "Transformers: The Last Knight."

We are introduced to a slew of characters ranging from Anthony Hopkins’ Sir Edmund Burton to a new humanoid Transformer named Cogman (voiced by Jim Carter). We meet the villainess Quintessa (voiced by Gemma Chan) who, in my personal opinion, doesn’t shine or fail; she’s just there. As the movie progresses, a sort of Suicide Squad-esque group of Decepticons is assembled. Hot Rod (voiced by Omar Sy) finally makes his big-screen debut as well, which many longtime fans have been waiting for.

Visually, “Transformers: The Last Knight” is gorgeous and a feast for the eyes. The plotline does drag at times. However, the action sequences and digital effects make up for it. After all, we’re talking about a movie specifically designed to be a popcorn-munching blockbuster event. The editing is very shaky and feels abrupt at points. A lot of the sound effects work, but they pull focus from the scene sometimes.

The action sequences in “The Last Knight” flow nicely and seem almost like a video game at times. Every character has a specific role and purpose in the fights. This is a formula we haven’t seen in a “Transformers” movie to this extent.

“Transformers: The Last Knight” is rated PG-13 for violence and intense sequences of sci-fi action, language, and some innuendo. There's a lot of profanity. However, there's nowhere near as many scantily clad women as there have been in the past "Transformers" movies.

Overall, “Transformers: The Last Knight,” was an entertaining experience. Sure, there was some shaky editing, off-putting sound mixing, and cheesy dialogue. With all its faults, it still deserves a 7 out of 10 in my book. Many questions are raised and answers aren't provided. The movie is still enjoyable enough to be able to sit there and say, “I don’t know how that’s possible, but it’s cool enough for me to accept.”

"Transformers: The Last Knight" came out on June 20th, 2017. It was directed by Michael Bay. The cast includes Mark Wahlberg, Isabela Moner, Josh Duhamel, Laura Haddock, and Sir Anthony Hopkins. The running time is 149 minutes.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟

(Reviewed by Everett Shirey)

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