Film Review: Transformers: The Last Knight

by Evan Brown

Rated M. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock, Anthony Hopkins. Directed by Michael Bay.

The 2017 blockbuster season has arrived and our favourite robots in disguise have returned in medieval proportions. Transformers: The Last Knight is the latest addition to the franchise by explosion-fest director Michael Bay.

The Last Knight starts where the Age of Extinction finishes: with humans and robots at war. Cade Yeager (Wahlberg) is back along with our Transformer favourites – Bumblebee, Megatron, Wheelie and Hound. The friendly Autobots are leaderless as Optimus Prime searches the galaxy for the home planet of Cybertron, and in his travels Prime discovers the evil robot god Quintessa who vows to destroy Earth and everything in it. It’s now up to Cade and his Autobot friends to save the world. Again.

So basically it is the same plot as every other Transformer film. Well if it ain’t broke….

The Last Knight does breathe the same spirit as its predecessors with its convoluted storyline, humorous script, jarring cliched scenes and epic battles. So if you’re expecting these qualities, you won’t be disappointed. Unfortunately for me I found the pacing of the film inconsistent and frustrating. There were times where I wished the storyline would speed up but there were also times where I was just plain confused about what was happening. True to form though, Michael Bay leaves no scene untouched without his signature camera work and explosions. If you like action and lots of it then you’ll enjoy all two and a half hours.

All Transformers movies, especially The Last Knight, ask the question, ‘what do we do with uninvited guests?’ The alien Transformers have no home and are living in a foreign land seeking refuge. They are different, they hold different values and they are uninvited.

What should humanity do when someone seeks asylum? The Bible tells us to care for aliens, and those in need. Although God’s attitude towards refugees is quite clear unfortunately the Transformers are always treated with severe prejudice and violence. In every movie, it is always the Transformers who exercise grace and forgiveness and then go on to save the world.

The Verdict: While the original Transformers with Shia LaBeouf was surprisingly good, The Last Knight is unsurprisingly average. Not even Mark Wahlberg could save it this time. If you’re a fan of the toys or the movies you’ll get your money’s worth – the explosions are pretty cool and Grimlock the mechanical T-Rex is as awesome as ever. But if you’re expecting something different than the previous Transformers films then you will be disappointed. 2/5

Transformers: The Last Knight is in cinemas now.

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