The fifth and final entry into Michael Bay’s toy-inspired franchise, Transformers: The Last Knight is both entertaining and bewildering. The movie is Set in England of 484 AD, where King Arthur’s wizard Merlin, forges an alliance with the Knights of Iacon, a group of twelve Transformers who have hidden on Earth. Stanley Tucci, ditches his usual Transformers role while CIA suit Joshua Joyce reprises the role of a drunken Merlin. Anthony Hopkins provides the silken voice of the three-headed dragon.
The movie soon moves to the present day where we learn that the Transformers have soon been declared illegal and they have a task force on their heels, looking to take them down. The leader of the Transformers, Optimus Prime is stranded in space and his Decepticon nemesis Megatron is nowhere to be found. Our favourite hero Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), is hiding out in a Dakota junkyard, with sidekick Jimmy (Jerrod Carmichael) and a 14-year-old waif, Izabella (Isabela Moner), to contend with.
Soon enough, more Transformers start landing on Earth and the only person that knows why is Sir Edmund Burton (Anthony Hopkins), the 12th Earl of Folgan.
As usual, it is down to Optimus Prime to save the world but he is far away at his home planet Cybertron, where he has to deal with his creator Quintessa (voiced by Gemma Chan) who tells him that the only way to return life to Cybertron is to return to Earth and retrieve a magic staff that was given Merlin to help save his people.
The movie makes for an interesting watch as Laura Haddock portrays Vivian, an Oxford history boffin who plays polo and has a love-hate relationship with Cade.
The first half of the movie sees John Turturro’s character, Seymour Simmons moving from Namibia, Hong Kong, Egypt, Cuba and pretty much anywhere that catches his fancy, while the second half is largely set in England and features Sir Edmund as an eccentric upper-class man who smokes and drops relatively American expressions such as “Dude” and into his conversation.
As expected of a Transformers movie, there are top level destruction in Transformers: The Last Knight. The movie boasts of much more military hardware than Transformers: Age of Extinction. Lots of Jet planes, tanks, aircraft carriers, submarines and pretty much any top military hardware is employed.
One part lovers of the franchise would definitely love is when Megatron finally reappears, bribing the US military to release his pals, making the likes of Mohawk, Dreadbot and Nitro Zeus make an appearance.
Mark Wahlberg’s presence in the movie is solid and he does well as the protagonist but one thing a lot of people won’t enjoy is the fact that our favourite Autobots, Optimus Prime is largely absent in the movie. It seems wrong for people who have followed Peter Cullen’s wonderful vocal for the character of Optimus Prime to hear very little of him in this movie.
Is The Movie Worth Your Time?
Perhaps. It pretty much takes a lot of endurance for you to be able to pull through 149-minutes of the movie. The main problem with the movie however is the final act. The end is just one big metal gangbang, where humans, robots, planes and any other thing you can think of comes together for what seems like eternity.
The movie is all shades of chaos and puts in enough to thrill it’s audience. If you can however withstand the eardrum-busting sounds, the crazy plot and the drab romance, you’d surely have a fun ride. With this being the last show for Mark Wahlberg and Michael Bay, the franchise doesn’t seem ready to wrap up yet as the Transformers are set to live on.