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TRANSFORMERS THE LAST KNIGHT 

Movie Review by David Blackwell

 

149 minutes, rated PG-13

STUDIO: Paramount Pictures/ Hasbro Studios/ Huahua Media/ Angry Films/ di Bonaventura Pictures

Theatrical RELEASE DATE: 6-21-2017

During the Dark Ages, twelve robotic knights helped Merlin and king Arthur defeat invading forces in England.   During the following 1600 years, a secret order and transformers have been fighting against the human forces of evil.  Cade Yaeger (Mark Wahlberg) is a wanted man for helping the Autobots.  He is left in command of the Autobots and hides out in South Dakota on an Indian Reservation.  He comes across an ancient device used by the ancient order of Transformer knights.  The TRF nad the Deceptions want that device to track down a powerful staff that is being hidden from Quintessa, the creator of all Transformers.  She wants to destroy Earth and gains control of Optimus Prime to use as her instrument to help use Cybertron and the staff to suck the life energy from Earth.   A battle for the survival of Earth begins as a secret history of Transformers is revealed.

 

Sometimes, the plot of TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT is just bonkers like they got the Mad Hatter as a script consultant.  I don’t think any viewer actually wants to see a sociopathic robot butler with anger issues (and he is on the good guy’s side).  Then you have baby Dinobots, Grimlock eating cars, a bookish hot looking British college professor whose relatives and mom want to set her up with a man, a rambling Anthony Hopkins, and a sprawling plot that ends actually good script writing.   The action sequences and special effects are great, but I wish they took the time to write a better script since TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT is the worst movie in the series with a story that makes my brain hurts at times.  This latest movie feels like they used the Mad Hatter as script supervisor sometimes and then also it feels like a greatest hits package mixed with the worst bits too.  There are ways the TRANSFORMERS franchise can be fixed and I would like to have Michael Bay directing no more films in the series and no more Akiva Goldsman be involved in writing the story for these films.   The movies should franchise fatigue and are in end of a new direction instead of a series with only two really good films out of five and the other three with a mix of good and bad story elements.   If you’re a fan of the movie series, you will go see this movie regardless.  If you’re disappointed with the direction of the series, you might want to wait to rent this when it hits DVD, blu-ray, and digital.

 

This review is 6-25-2017 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com