What else is there left to say about the Transformers series? The films are long, poorly written, and entirely too predictable. Yet, they continue to be made, profiting more and more money with each sequel. Despite this unfortunate truth, I will attempt to honestly review the film all the same.
The film takes place shortly after the events of the previous installment, where humans are at war with the Transformers. And with Optimus Prime now gone, it is up to Cade Yaeger (Mark Wahlberg) and a mysterious society led by an English lord (strangely played by Anthony Hopkins) to save the world. Our lead cast must now travel to the ends of the world to recover an ancient artifact with the power to end the war against Transformers.
To start, Transformers: The Last Knight is about as tired as a film can get. The story arch, action scenes, and overall sequence of events have become beyond predictable. I easily guessed what would happen next throughout most of the film, until the plot got so convoluted that I stopped caring.
There are so many characters shoved into this film that I found it hard to get invested in any number of them. We are never given enough time to get to know the protagonists, and the scenes dedicated to character development are written so terribly that it’s almost hard to watch.
To make matters even worse, instead of having the audience learn about the plot and story along the way, literally every detail of the film is spelled out in big chunks of exposition. At least forty-five minutes of the film’s runtime is solely made up of characters explaining things. It goes on for so long that I started getting confused with where the plot was going.
The story itself is needlessly long and bloated, with plenty of pointless characters and shoehorned action sequences. The filmmakers even attempt to throw in a lame, forced message about being a hero that is so ridiculously vague that it can’t be taken seriously.
The action is so nonstop, flashy, and on such an epic scale that, I’ve completely run out of awe for the effects. When you’ve seen the same flashy stunts and special effects time and time again, nothing is going to get you pumped up.
The climax of the film, in usual Transformers fashion, was filled with giant robots and soldiers fighting other giant robots. The visuals around this point became so cluttered and messy that I could hardly tell who was bad and who was good, everything just looked the same. A stunt here or there looked kind of cool, but most of the action in the climax was just more of the same from the rest of the film.
The ending of Transformers: The Last Knight is by far the most disappointing conclusion in the series. We get little to no payoffs for any of the characters, and are only left with that vague message about being a hero. Even for a Transformers film, this was a sloppy and rushed ending.
Transformers: the Last Knight was offensively bad on multiple levels, and was directed incredibly poorly. It’s an insult to the intelligence of audiences everywhere, who deserve a much better movie than this. One can only hope that Transformers: The Last Knight is tipping point for viewers, where the film series slowly starts to turn less of a profit for these dim-witted, asinine filmmakers.
The Verdict: D-