Transformers The Last Knight Reviewed By Jon E Clist

The Premise
Humans are at war with the Transformers, and Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving the future lies buried in the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Now, it's up to the unlikely alliance of Cade Yeager (Wahlberg), Bumblebee, an English lord (Hopkins) and an Oxford professor (Haddock) to save the world.

The Review
Come on this is a Transformers movie so what do you expect from it? These days I expect it to be long and overly full to overflowing with explosions and action. That is what you get here. With it being just on two and a half hours Transformers: The Last Knight is a long thrill ride. There is a lot going on and to be honest it is a little visual exhausting at times. As with the past two Transformers outings you would be excused for feeling as though they should have been about thirty minutes shorter. Now with that comment out of the way, let us get down to this film and how it stacks up as a Transformers film.

Overall, I loved the storyline and in particular the cheesy way in which they have incorporated an integration of Transformers into human history. With the central component being around King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. It is kind of cool to add in a whole new dimension into a historical myth that the general population already believes in but has more of a cobbled together story origin.

Anyway, the character of Merlin brings some rather lovely levity amidst a time of war and he is not the only character in The Last Knight to do this. Cogman the robotic butler is so brilliantly funny. He has been a servant to the keepers of the Transformers secrets for hundreds of years and hence has kind of got a bit of the old robot senility kicking in and this leads to plenty of funny moments. Actually, the more I think about it, this has been one of the subtler hallmarks of the Transformer movies; small characters bringing the comedic lightness. Writer Matt Holloway is a fan of the drama Downton Abbey, and jokingly said that Jim Carter (who plays the butler Mr Carson in Downton Abbey) should voice Cogman. He was shocked when Michael Bay got Carter on as Cogman.

The action is big and pretty amazing and I loved the fact that human characters played a bit more of a central role in this story, however I could imagine that for the hardcore Transformer fans this might have been seen as a bit of a cop out. I know one of my friends who was at the same screening who was a massive fan of the cartoon growing up, this focus on the human characters was a bit of a letdown. So too was the introduction of some awesome characters who seem to get killed off pretty fast. We saw that with some of the characters in Suicide Squad and it kind of felt like a waste of good potential character development. That being said, you never know who might come back, as we have seen the supposed killing off of many key Transformers who being robots are able to repair and come back.

I saw in an interview with Mark Wahlberg that this was to be the last Transformers movie and unless it truly bombs at the box office this will not be the case. From what I understand there is a film in the pipeline focusing on Bumblebee and yes let’s just say as with all good franchise movies there are some elements that help to leave it a little open to more. Actually, what was said by Michael Bay, that this will be the last Transformers film he will direct, for the moment. He is open to doing more films in the future if he gets a good story. I love how he kind of does the whole leave it open even in his answer to stop now…

The Verdict
Despite what Sir Anthony Hopkins has said in interviews, this is not art, this is action. This is another successful Michael Bay big blockbuster that is all about the action. Let’s just say it is all mouth and no trousers and that is okay.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 22nd June 2017
Rating: M – Contains Violence & offensive language
Duration: 149 minutes 
Genre:  Sci-Fi / Action
Starring: Laura Haddock, Mark Wahlberg, Gemma Chan, Anthony Hopkins, John Goodman, Isabela Moner & Stanley Tucci.
Director: Michael Bay (Transformers)

The Extras
This is the most expensive Transformers film, having a budget of 260 million dollars.

Michael Bay is a noted dog lover and cast Freya, a British dog with epilepsy that many homes had rejected, in the film.

The scenes of Sir Edmund Burton visiting 10 Downing Street were filmed at the actual office of the British Prime Minister in October 2016.

This will be the second Hollywood movie to be shot in Cuba after The Fate of the Furious (2017). Coincidently, Tyrese Gibson played a major role in the first three Transformers movies, and the Fast & Furious franchise.

Onslaught's original alternate mode in The Transformers (1984) was an anti-aircraft truck, but this was revised to a Western Star tow truck. His green color is an homage to the Autobot Tow-Line in Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2000), who was a green tow truck.

Released a decade after Transformers (2007).

This film features the myth of King Arthur. Michael Bay was previously going to direct King Arthur (2004), and had worked on that film for five years, before leaving it due to budget issues.

After the release of Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014), a writers' room was set up to plan the franchise's future beyond the main film series. Two of the ideas pitched involved the Arthurian myth and World War II respectively. Michael Bay liked them so much that he decided to incorporate them into the script for this film.

A physical prop of Sqweeks was built at Isabela Moner's request.