Transformers: The Last Knight is everything the first movie wasn’t
The Last Knight is everything the first wasn’t. It represents the worst, most self-indulgent and is, despite not being the worst of the lot (that honour still belongs to Age of Extinction), a monumentally overblown film.
Its story picks up soon after the events of Age of Extinction, which, to everyone’s surprise, made us miss Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, who were the best parts about the Transformers movies.
But now, after causing more destruction to the planet than even the humans had managed in their thousands of years plundering its resources, the Transformers have, in the absence of their leader Optimus Prime, once again become the enemy.
Directed by Michael Bay, the film features Mark Wahlberg returning from Age of Extinction, along with Josh Duhamel and John Turturro reprising their roles from the first three films, with Anthony Hopkins joining the cast.
HUMANS AT WAR
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.
It is up to the unlikely alliance of inventor Cade Yeager, Bumblebee, an English lord and an Oxford professor to save the world.
The plot of the film takes forever to get established. There comes a moment when you just want to get up and leave the theatre because your heads start aching due to countless eye-rolls you do throughout the film.
The actions are too dramatised, and the story is reduced to just 20 minutes in an excruciatingly long film.
There are plots, within plots, within plots, which can get confusing. If you are a fun the only person you are going to miss most Optimus Prime. But he is there only in the last few minutes of the film! And all he says, is ‘I am Optimus Prime’.
On the positive side Anthony Hopkins as Sir Edmund Burton is, despite being new to the franchise, impressive as always.
He is one of the last members of an Illuminati-like secret society bent on protecting the Transformers and a magic staff that the Cybertron are after because, with it, they can take over Earth and rebuild their own planet. The staff has been on Earth since the time of King Arthur and Merlin.