People are at war with the Transformers, and Optimus Prime is not around anymore.
Autobots and Decepticons keep at war, now with people on the sidelines. Presently, it’s up to the improbable partnership of an inventor, Bumblebee, an English ruler and an Oxford educator to save the world.
The secret history of the Transformers on Earth might be the key to saving the future, lying buried deep in the hidden past.
I would think that Michael Bay would already be done with the Transformers series and probably give over control and try to refresh and send new ideas onto the story.
I came to the conclusion that new ideas were indeed put to practice in The Last Knight, effectively introduced, with proper discourse and plot turns.
Unfortunately, sometimes feels forced, others still aiming for a generation that is no longer at the age they were during the first Transformers movies.
We all grew up and think this series could already do so, the clash between the child/cartoon dialogs on a movie about battles will not please everyone.
To expand the refresh of action and story moments, another gathering of rivals was included, and this time they’re not just up against the Decepticons. Our saviors include an Oxford University professor and a wizard, making sense of the Transformers in mankind’s history along the narrative.
Yes, the script aims that far, like Merlin’s staff and even Mozart, who kept a mystery. It looks good and the potential for growth from here endeavors to engage into the movie those who simply understood and accepted this approach. But I am sure it didn’t work for everyone. That will make the movie somewhat excessively violent and even dull at times.
The action is coherent as always, the same confusion of metal with good camera angles to help distinguish the individual characters during fights. The plot tries to keep consistent, aside from messy dialogs thrown in, Michael Bay invested on a large number of story-mode moments that impact the standard flow of these style of action movies.
The visuals keep the creative energy of superhero action movies, sometimes too much, Bumblebee´s premium fight entrance, recalling its main role from the first film feels like The Last Knight peaks on slow narrative moments and superhero scenes with a low sense of measure.
Michael Bay’s fifth Transformers film keeps the Autobots at battle with the Decepticons for the same reason, growing the gigantic wreckage, spiced up with mythology, aiming the newcomers and old fans to give them a chance to work out the possible tired feeling of another Transformers movie, or welcome new fans curious enough to check out the previous movies.
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On the surface without spoiling: Optimus Prime is gone to his home planet to advise the universe about Earth while Wahlberg and his companions wind up to discover Merlin’s staff. Expect robot dinosaurs and mysterious World War II Autobots assistance, a fallen space station and an interstellar being who wants to exploit the home planet of the Transformers to wreck Earth, all with a touch of mythology and enough slow-motion.
The main cast has some mistakes, the supporting cast is average, making the pace plagued with fundamental issues with the characters in The Last Knight that do not act the way they were supposedly feeling.
It’s self-evident the energetic aim of Michael Bay´s plot, from the action-packed opening to the narrative of Cybertron slamming into Earth, however so much crash, impacts and repairing will get excessively old taking the risk of disappointing in the end.
Meshing mythology and the Transformers is a good thought, let’s hope this doesn’t become really “The Last Knight”.
Directed by Michael Bay
Music composed by Steve Jablonsky
Screenplay: Art Marcum, Matt Holloway
Story by Akiva Goldsman
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Gemma Chan, Jerrod Carmichael, Laura Haddock, Peter Cullen, John Goodman
Production: Paramount Pictures, Hasbro