Transformers: The Last Knight - 0.5 Stars
Another disastrous, senseless Michael Bay movie.
Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth.
Behind the fragment scenes, un-natural and clunky dialogue and continuity disasters there is a plot. It’s not even that terrible of a plot, but it certainly needed shortening by at least an hour and a heavy re-write. In fact, the most enjoyable scenes of this film didn’t feature any Transformers. Mark Wahlberg looks tired, he really seems to be over this franchise (and it’s only his second film). His performance suffers from just not wanting to be there. Anthony Hopkins sticks out like a sore thumb, because he’s acting. Despite awkward, expositional dialogue and a stock character, he still delivers an exceptional performance. Further proof that Sir Hopkins can make any character come to life. Rising star Isabela Moner has a promising career, assuming she picks better projects and the rest of the cast is fairly naff.
The CGI isn’t even that impressive, countless battle scenes (including a medieval one) prove that you just can’t make everything digital. This movie was actually difficult to sit through, I was quite prepared to leave - but ultimately restrained myself. It’s the same film again, with the same outcome, despite what Bay and Wahlberg say - it leaves it wide open for a sixth film.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Paramount Pictures