by Tim Birkbeck
When Transformers first made the transition to the big screen there was a huge buzz around how the famous Autobots and Decepticons would be brought to life. After that initial foray into the cinematic world each film came with less and less enthusiasm and more and more criticism.Five films later and it does feel like director Michael Bay has developed an almost God like complex over the franchise, and even in the latest episode The Last Knight, Bay is literally looking to change history.
Bogged down with back story it feels like it take a life time to actually get into the body of the film – and technically it does as the film starts off in the dark ages when Merlin, yes the wizard, is handed an alien staff by one of these robots from Cyberton – just take a second to let that settle in Merlin with a robot.
This flashback in history takes up the first 10 minutes of the film before we actually get to the opening credits. This prologue gives rise to the McGuffin, a talisman that will lead you to the staff that gives you ultimate power in the universe. Of course, the talisman quickly falls into the hands of inventor/Autobot sympathiser Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) and this then takes us on yet another journey to save the world.
What is my main grip with the Transformer series is not only has it ruined a childhood favourite, but it has also endeavoured to pull focus away from the whole point of these other worldly robots.
Instead we pulled into Yeager’s roll within the Autobot world and Vivian Wembley (Laura Haddock) who just so happens to be a decedent of Merlin’s.
What a Transformer’s film should be about its the battle between Autobots and Decepticons, but for the millions of dollars he has made, Bay still fails to bring real dynamic to this element of his films. I mean Optimus Prime is barely in the film until the third act, as is Megatron, who subsequently all it takes is a swift kick to the gut to get ride of the most evil Decepticon.
If you are into be action blockbusters this may be your cup of tea – I think there is at least one explosion every 15 minutes – but in truth two and a half hours, to tell as ‘we saved the world’ story is just excessive.
Transformers: The Last Knight is out on Blu-Ray and DVD from October 16
Dir: Michael Bay
Scr: Art Marcum and Matt Holloway
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Laura Haddock, Santiago Cabrera Santiago Cabrera and Isabela Moner
Prd: Michael Bay, Brian Goldner, Daren Hicks, Steven Spielberg and Mark Vahradian
Runtime: 149 minutes