Hi y’all! It’s good to back where I belong; discussing movies with film lovers like you. This weekend is for the autobots, decepticons and dinobots fans. Yeah, our weekend movie is none other than the latest sequel of the huge transforming metals; Transformers: The Last Knight. I know the film isn’t recent but I can’t resist doing this review. And I believe that Transformer’s fans will be glad I did… or not. LOL!
While the film can relatively be called a commercial success, with a worldwide total of $605.42 million, against a production of $217, Transformers: The Last Knight is the worst reviewed of the Transformers Franchise and has been generally described as a ‘horrible’ film. And though it’s the tenth-highest-grossing film of 2017, it’s the lowest of the Transformers franchise.
I suppose I saw it coming with Michael Bay’s seemingly obvious reluctance to direct the fifth installment of the American science fiction action film. Only to announce in 2016 that he would, but the sequel would be his last.
Bay then revealed the official title of the film to be ‘The Last Knight‘ on his Instagram account, where he also posted a production video showing a close-up of Optimus Prime’s face, with a 19-second short video in morse code that translates to “I’m coming for you May 31”.
Development for the sequel started in 2015, with reports that that Paramount Pictures was in talks with Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) to pitch new ideas for the Transformers franchise’s future installments. Apparently the studio wanted their own cinematic universe for Transformers. More money, right?
Principal photography for the film appeared like a tourist vacation with filming in Havana, Cuba, Phoenix, Arizona, Detroit, Michigan Chicago, Illinois, in Detroit. Scotland and Wales in Europe, North Yorkshire, Newcastle, Tyne, Northumberland, London, Gosport and Stonehenge in England, Preikestolen, Trolltunga in Ireland and Atlanterhavsveien in Norway.
The Last Knight. the fifth installment of the live-action Transformers film series, the second film in the sequel trilogy saw Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, and Glenn Morshower, reprise their roles from the from the 2014 sequel, Transformers: Age of Extinction. And Laura Haddock and Anthony Hopkins joining the cast.
It seemed Paramount had plans to do what James Cameron and 20th Century Fox want to do with the Avatar sequels, and Disney also for Star Wars with sequels and spin-offs. The producers went on to form a “writers’ room” a forum to create ideas for potential Transformers sequels, prequels and spin-offs.
I’m not too sure the ‘writers room‘ thing was a great idea considering the script they churned out. I mean seeing how “Age of Extinction” ended with Optimus Prime journeying into space to defend his beloved earth from his makers, the sequel seemed pretty easy enough; a battle between Cybertron and earth and their allies.
But instead we get some story of a ‘Talisman’ that turns into the ‘Excalibur‘ stolen by 12 Transformers Knight followed by opening scenes of King Arthur and Merlin fighting a war we could care less about (I mean it’s not like the war was going to end humanity). Then it goes on with some Transformer Reaction Force (TRF) in a battle against all metalbots and their allies, and Prime’s maker, Ouintessa out to destroy earth and rebuild her home, Cybertron. Forgive me if I sound somewhat ‘vague & confused’. But that’s exactly how the longgggg, incoherent plot made me feel.
Transformers: The Last Knight turned out to be an unwieldy, maze with too many characters fighting for attention, making it super difficult to keep up with them or with the scenes. Hard and downright impossible to figure where one scene ended and the other began. I must have taken ‘a space nap‘ at some point because I returned to see Hopkins fighting Megatron, without a clue as to how they got there. I kind of lost sight of the evil decepticon after his fight with Cade and his co-horts in the abandoned town. See what I mean.
Throwing Anthony Hopkins into the mix seemed more like a bid to increase the film’s commercialism with the actor’s fan base. And don’t even get me started on the black dude or the British chick. Of course the producers have to fulfill Cade’s daughter’s wish for her father to find a love interest, right? I also can’t for the life of me, figure out the relevance of the character ‘Izabella‘ (Isabela Moner). Was she suppose to replace Cade’s daughter? Because it didn’t work; she also got lost in the plot’s maze like “Alice in Wonderland‘. How poetic. LOL!
In the words of Mike Ryan of Uproxx “The film will make your head hurt“. And I have to say with absolute certainty that it did. At least mine did.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 15% based on 194 reviews with an average rating of 3.3/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Cacophonous, thinly plotted, and boasting state-of-the-art special effects, The Last Knight is pretty much what you’d expect from the fifth installment of the Transformers franchise.” On Metacritic, the film’s score indicated “generally unfavorable reviews“. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “B+” on an A+ to F scale.
In the positives, Math Blaster of actionawards.blogspot.com gave the movie 4 out of 4 stars and called it the best Transformers movie to date. Hmm???
Mark Wahlberg has however stated that he will not return for another sequel. Your guess is as good as mine as to why.
The Last Knight generated criticism and anger for draping the home of Britain’s former wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace in in huge Nazi flags. The mansion was dressed as a Nazi swastika-draped headquarters for Adolf Hitler for filming. This was seen as being “symbolically disrespectful to Churchill“. I guess the Nazis are never to be forgiven.
But bad reviews apart, fear not autobots fans, a spin-off/prequel, titled Bumblebee (love that autobot), is scheduled for release on December 21, 2018. And an untitled sixth film, a direct sequel to The Last Knight, is also for release on June 28, 2019.
That’s Jollyhood’s two cents and of course it’s a must watch for Transformers fan. Will love to hear your take. Remember you can share your own reviews by sending your articles to firstname.lastname@example.org. XoXo guyys!