Rating: 4/10 (Drags on and on)
Cast: Mark Walhberg, Laura Haddock, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Isabel Moner, Stanley Tucci (Guest Appearance), Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime, and Frank Welker as Megatron
Direction: Micheal Bay
Producers: Don Murphy, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Tom De Santo, Ian Bryce
Banner/Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Plot: During the Dark Ages, King Arthur along with the help of the magician Merlin seeks the help of 12 Ancient Cybertronian guardians in helping them defeat an army and were given a weapon powerful by them called the Staff of Merlin that has the power to wipe out the Transformers as a whole. Merlin dies with the staff and only a descendant of Merlin can wield the staff.
1600 years later, Cade Yeager (Mark Walhberg) is still on the run and circumstances arise where he meets an English lord Sir Edmund Burton (Anthony Hopkins) and an Oxford Professors Vivian Wembly (Laura Haddock) in London. The 3 humans now race against time to save the universe from an incoming attack by the creator of the Transformers herself Quintessa, who seeks to resurrect Cyberton on Earth. Whether our heroes are successful or not forms the rest of this bizzare story.
Performances: Mark Walhberg is decent as Cade Yeager once again and gets to show his ripped physique in a scene.
Laura Haddock is smoking hot and performs well.
Sir Anthony Hopkins plays his role with aplomb and it's surprising to see an actor of his caliber in a Transformers film.
Josh Duhamel has a small role when compared to the original trilogy as Lennox. He is adequate.
Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime and Frank Welker as Megatron do justice to the iconic Transformers.
Direction: I think high-time Micheal Bay starts understanding that his formula isn't working. The Last Knight is more or less from what you'd expect from a Transformers movie with amazing visual effects and action, but at least the other movies had a half decent story. Bay's obsession with massive climaxes and long run-times are highly evident in this movie and when he could have ended the film at a certain point when Optimus Prime comes back, he drags the film for another hour with a never-ending climax. Overall, this is Bay's worst Transformers film in my personal opinion and no where near as entertaining as Age of Extinction.
Technicalities: Music and BGM by Steve Jablonsky is superb. Cinematography by Jonathan Sela is breathtaking. The visuals and shots of London and in the climax are excellent. Dialogues are ok. Story is a joke. Editing is an absolute mess. The film should have ended an hour earlier. Action Sequences are superb. VFX work is mind blowing. The fact that the entire film is CGI and looks so real is just a testament to the visual effect department. Production Design is pretty good.
+ Mark Walhberg and Laura Haddock
+ Visual Effects and Cinematography
- Barely Any Optimus Prime
Analysis and Verdict: As I mentioned previously in my Age of Extinction Review, no one gives a damn about the story in a Transformers film. But for the first time, one gets a hint that the writers have completely lost their mind.
We have all heard the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and how his aid, the magician Merlin was by his side during the times of war. Well that works if that was a regular film. But to intertwine that with Transformers mythology and claim that Transformers have been around since the Dark Ages is too much to handle.
In Revenge of the Fallen, the pictures of the Transformers from the 1940's and Ancient Egypt were believable.But the writers have now officially established that Transformers have been around during the time of Dinosaurs and they were there since the beginning of time which is just nonsense.
If the whole Arthurian angle of the film was cut out, The Last Knight probably would have been a much better film. But it wasn't.
The film then comes into it's senses after the opening period when Mark Walhberg enters. The military works with the Decepticons this time around and their interference and the constant interruption of the flow of the film by a certain physicist doesn't help the film.
Once Cade Yeager reaches London and the truth about Laura Haddock's character is revealed, the film is predictable to the core and we all know how it will end. The screen presence of Optimus Prime is heavily reduced in this film as he spends the majority of the film as a prisoner on Cyberton. His evil avatar lasts for a whole 10 minutes before he comes back to the good side. After he returns and gives a certain speech, Bay should have ended the film right there. But he doesn't and he proceeds on with his immensely long dragged climactic action bonanzas that he loves and the drags the movie for another hour and puts your patience to the test.
The movie is ok until the climax which literally saps all of your energy as a viewer. Some die hard fans like me will definitely question whether they will have the stomach to watch the 6th film when it hits theaters in 2019.
Overall, Transformers The Last Knight is the worst Transformers film. An insipidity plot coupled with poor direction and shoddy editing makes this Transformers film a truly tedious watch.
Watch it if you're a die hard fan of the franchise, but you'll definitely feel the franchise is finally starting to run out of gas.