In an effort to save Earth, the Transformers and humans must team up after years of fighting. I’m giving Transformers-The Last Knight a B.
Transformers and humans have been battling for years. Optimus Prime leaves Earth to find his maker while Cade Yeager tries to salvage and hide as many Autobots as he can. Unknowingly, history has a way of coming alive. The Transformers have been on Earth since King Arthur’s time and have played important roles in history. But buried with Merlin is a weapon which only one of his decedents can wield and everyone is after it.
Not a fan of the franchise, I think I’ve only seen the first one and maybe a piece of another one, I went to the movies hearing all the bad things about this movie. But if you go expecting to find a movie which fits with the old television series, you’ll be disappointed. It’s like the book vs movie argument. However, if you go expecting non-stop action and one-line zingers, you will enjoy the show.
Anthony Hopkins and Stanley Tucci are both amazing actors who play some interesting characters. Mr. Tucci is a drunk Merlin who originally enlists the help of the Transformers to save England. His Merlin is unlike any I’ve ever seen. Mr. Hopkins plays Sir Edmund Burton, the last of long ling of secret keepers, (think Templar Knights) whose job it is to assist Merlin’s heir when the end of days arrive. Sir Burton is an old man who can say whatever he wants and has enough money to make others look the other way. At his side is Cogman, a headmaster who serves as a sociopath butler, ninja style and frequent target of Burton’s temper.
The arrival of new characters such as Izabella, a tough Chicago street kid who has made the Transformers her family and her partner in crime, Squeeks, a blue small bobble headed transformer (much like the robot from the Disney movie, I-Robot), give the movie some heartfelt moments. It’s as if they can see the good inside the robots.
Mark Wahlburg is back for what he says is his final Transformer movie. His snarky, angry personality is a front for keeping inside his pain but he puts it on the line to save his “family” (transformers). One cool part is that the movie acknowledges Shea LeBouf’s character as one of the secret keepers along with heroes like Winston Churchill and George Washington.
Now for the problems… Optimus Prime speaks like he’s running for public office with long gaudy motivational speeches, which is why many viewers like the smart mouths of some of the other characters such as Bumblebee. The final battle scene makes no sense with characters jumping in and out of the scenes and the whole idea of Mark Wahlburg being the knight but he only lifts the sword once. I think the only thing the final action serves is to show how the humans and Autobots have come together to save the planet they call home.
Michael Bay has said this is his last time directing a Transformers movie, unless he decides to change his mind. And the movie does show a teaser at the end of where the story could go…if anyone decides to pick up the sword.
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