Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Laura Haddock, Isabela Moner
Directed by: Michael Bay
Written by: Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, Ken Nolan
Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 2 hr 29 min.
It’s official, Michael Bay has no more F***’s to give for this series. It’s obvious by how this “story” is constructed and by how the action is assembled. The Last Knight showcases some of the laziest direction I have ever witnessed, and it’s loaded with unforgivable continuity errors. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting tired of the massive scale of destruction in these films. There’s no “wow” factor there anymore.
I used to enjoy these flicks as you might a firework show. I’d come for the spectacle and then go about my business. The bar was already set low for this series, yet this film manages to find new depths to explore. Characters are introduced and then discarded. Elements in the action are setup, only to be forgotten. Even the comedic timing is off this time around, and that was one of the few saving graces in a Transformers movie.
The Last Knight is essentially a collection of moments arranged in a haphazard way. The story jumps back and forth between the US, UK and Cuba, and then the entire Transformers mythos is clumsily blended with all human history. The many elements in the film are presented with finale level urgency and noise, making the over two-hour running time a headache-inducing bore.
Expect a loud stupid mess. The visual effects are of course, really good, but don’t expect the plot to make any sense.
Amidst all this nonsense, I did enjoy one good ‘hero’ moment with Prime when he dispatches a handful of villains with one swipe of this sword. But that’s it. One minute out of 149!