Sunday, June 25, 2017

Movie Review … Transformers: The Last Knight

Today’s tough male movie moguls used to be young boys too.  Given how many superhero and toy-based movies there now are, they appear to be living out their childhoods.  Nowhere is this more apparent than with the ‘Transformers’ movies.  Based on the popular 1980’s toy-line where cars turn into indestructible robots, the franchise has spawned 5 live-action films.  ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ continues the series’ cinematic excursions.  Just as silly and thinly plotted, it conjures a colourful spectacle sure to have its male viewers reminiscing about their misbegotten youths.

Years after their appearance on earth, the war between the virtuous Autobots and evil Decepticons continues.  Only a few humans are brave enough to join the battle with Cade (Mark Wahlberg) one of them.  Forming an alliance with one of the Autobots, he also enlists the help of Sir Edmund (Anthony Hopkins) and university professor Viviane (Laura Haddock).  Together they aim to unlock the secrets to why the Transformers continue inhabiting earth.  The answer becomes crucial with Earth’s fate hanging in the balance as the robot’s destructive ways take their toll.

‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ delivers exactly what one expects.  A more over the top and high-voltage spectacle would be hard to overtake than this one.  The action is dazzling, the CGI is fantastic and the colourful cinematography superbly catches the overall comic-book tone it requires.  It’s also a terrible movie with a poorly structured screenplay and wooden performances.  Michael Bay directs with the subtlety of a sledgehammer although the ‘Transformers’ movies were never known for being high-art.

Wahlberg and the cast go through the motions without much passionate energy.  That’s difficult to do when all they do is react to events than initiating them.  As a continuation of the series’ mythology, ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ develops few new angles.  The franchise feels a little tired at its fifth outing with the pedestrian plotting hard to hide amidst the incredible action sequences. 

There’s not much more you can say about ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ as it’s the same as the others.  Brains won’t be hurt watching it although it’s surprising how totally forgettable it is.  The obligatory ‘setting things up for a sequel’ scenes are there although even the enthusiasm of those young at heart movie moguls may not be enough to see audiences demand a return visit.

Movie Review Rating out of 10:  5
Movie Review by Patrick Moore

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