Transformers: The Last Knight
Transformers: The Last Knight – Noisy, Repetitive and Plain Old Boring
Movie Review by Trijai Nerthi (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Boom! Crash! Bang! Is it a bomb? Is it a Meteorite crashing through the skies? No, it’s the latest installment in the strenuous Transformers franchise falling and crashing onto a familiar and formulaic plot. Transformers: The Last Knight makes all the noises a meteor would ideally make but all it really is, is a rock that lost its fire years ago. In this fifth installment, Director Michael Bay demonstrates laziness by slapping on the kind of familiarity that is beyond worn out by now.
The plot takes us back to the medieval times where a helpful Merlin is seen obtaining the assistance of transformers to aid King Arthur in winning the war. More than a hundred years later, Quintessa (Gemma Chan) orders Nemesis Prime (Evil version of Optimus Prime) to secure the powerful staff (that was given to Merlin) in order to rob Earth of its resources indirectly restoring Cybertron. The film further cuts to a present day where Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), Vivian Wembley (Laura Haddock) and Sir Edmund Burton (Anthony Hopkins) unite to defend the final decepticon catastrophe coming their way.
There is nothing new or exciting about Transformers: The Last Knight. Its loud exterior does nothing to fluff up its shallow interior. It is rather unfortunate to witness director Michael Bay reducing himself to recycling plots of this franchise to put together yet another tiresome film. In the beginning of Bay’s career there was enough depth lying beneath all those layers of madness. In fact, what Transformers lack are the humor Bad Boys boasted of and the unpredictable action, The Rock holds. If you’re ready to conjure up a formula why not come up with an exciting concoction rather than just filling plot holes with predictable Robot-Robot fights and Robot-human fights?
The film is filled with many more sequences of Autobots and Decepticons transforming themselves into motor vehicles. Sure, the first time we were a witness to this, it was thrilling but later, it only transforms itself into an overused cliché. The humor is fading too; in one scene a character warns us about Robot dementia. This was intended to be funny, but the moment just gives you one more opportunity to roll your eyes. As with all gigantic formula films of Hollywood, Transformers too seems to be obsessed with the concept of civil wars.
As you witness the end to this unbearably long installment of mayhem, hints of franchise continuation make their way into the film. At this point, you can just hope and pray your age of extinction dawns before you are forced to witness yet another strenuous sequel.
All through the film, Mark Wahlberg seems to be unsure of why he is in the film. He basically hams his way out of every predictable situation. Laura Haddock is barely given scope to perform; her role is fleeting and forgettable. Anthony Hopkins being the seasoned actor that he is wears his poker face while trying hard to see through his role.
On the whole, if you’ve already seen the previous installments of Transformers, there is no need for you to sit through this tiring feature. After all, life is too short to spend your valuable time on recycled entertainment.