Transformers: The Last Knight
By: Anita Wright
Transformers: The Last Knight is the newest blockbuster and the fifth of the franchise, which has met expectations of disappointment.
The Last Knight follows the usual plot of humans versus Transformers. However, when first watching the movie, it led me to believe that it was a preview for an upcoming film focused on armies battling in England in some period in the past. It wasn’t until a minute before the title came up I knew that the film had started. It continues by showing historically that the Transformers have been on Earth for a long time, and the big extraterrestrial robots being there had a bigger purpose from what was understood before. Fast forward sixteen hundred years into the future, this role, leads to a potential apocalypse of Planet Earth. Meanwhile, Optimus Prime is back from space, but not in the way you expect.
The duration was two hours and thirty minutes. However, it felt like it was five hours long. The first hour and 15 minutes was met with background for the viewers understanding of what was going to happen. The rest was building up to the last twenty minutes of the film where it finally starts to speed up. In my showing, viewers were seen looking at their watches periodically throughout. The exposition left less people in confusion than the fourth installment of the Transformers series, Transformers: Age of Extinction, but still left questions unanswered. Why was the government negotiating with Megatron? Why was the Inventor Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) near the location of the kid trespassers? Maybe it will be explained in the next installment (which they were hinting at) or the one after that.
On the positive side, if you were looking for the action packed film that Michael Bay usually delivers, this IMAX 3-D spectacle contains all that you could want; Explosions, fights, and lots of special effects throughout the film. Especially with the T.R.F always chasing after the Auto-bots and Yeager. Audiences will get a lot of boom, fire, and flying metal everywhere. Probably a little too much, possibly overcompensating for the lack of plot.
Viviane Wembly, The lead woman role played by Laura Haddock is a Professor at the University of Oxford. She was a key component to possibly stopping a permanent situation from occurring. Her character was brave and mocked Cade every chance she got. However, it still followed the tight-dress woman stereotype that usually stars in these movies. In fact, she even somewhat looks like the main female role who starred in the first two Transformers movies, Megan Fox.
Her character contributed much of the witty banter that was displayed as comic relief. Many of the side characters added to that too. For example Wembly’s mom and her mom’s friends followed the stereotype of a group of older ladies who are nosy and always wondering when the young girl would get a boyfriend.
Overall I would give this movie a 5.5 out of 10, for having a few good scenes and being bearable.