Film Reviews

Preview: Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)

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Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, Josh Duhamel

Director: Michael Bay

I know that it’s the popular thing to dislike these films. Like if a film is big, and you like it, you couldn’t possibly be an intellectual. But you know what? I don’t care. I had an awesome time at this movie.

I also want to point out that at screenings that I’ve been to recently, I heard critics talking about how they already hated this film, even though at the time they hadn’t yet seen it. I’m not pointing any fingers here at individuals or publications. I think that there’s a fatigue that comes from a market saturated with big blockbusters. So I get that. But I feel like my job isn’t to pre-judge or to judge audiences, but just to tell you will you like it? Who’s it for? Is it worth the ticket price? And to give you the information you need to make that decision.

Anyway, to return to the point, in this film, the Transformers are back. Optimus Prime is out in the ether, floating towards his home planet in search of his origins, and on Earth, things are divided. Cade (Wahlberg) is living on the run, with some rogue good guy Transformers, when a major threat to Earth comes to light. The planet that the Transformers come from wants to suck the life out of Earth to sustain itself.

But way back in time, a Transformer left a weapon that can stop the evil, a staff. And who did he give it to? A cheeky drunkard called Merlin who used it to help his friend King Arthur. While we think of those times as mythical, there is some truth to those olf stories. And as they were passed down, so has the staff, through a mysterious organisation headed by the eccentric Sir Edmund Burton (Hopkins) who recruits Vivian (Haddock) who he knows is a descendant.

Essentially, it’s a race against time to get the weapon and save the planet.

I saw this film in 3D IMAX, and I have no words to describe how huge it is! I mean, you know a Transformers film will be huge, right? But please, if you can and you love huge HUGE films, go see it in an Imax or 3D, or both if you can. There are so many explosions and chases and like everything you can think of and some things that only Michael Bay could think of, … It’s really fun.

I was really blown away by the design and movement of the Transformers. They’re so detailed, so many moving parts. I find them really fascinating to watch. These films are an incredible feat of design and effects. I also liked the banter between the characters, they managed to fit some good lines in there. And Anthony Hopkins is having the time of his life being irascible and difficult in this film. He’s adorable! It feels like everyone in this film is having fun, chewing up the scenery, making speeches and having the piss taken out of them for making speeches, blowing things up, destroying antiques, and engaging in huge fights. It’s a huge spectacle!

And at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about. I love a huge spectacle. If you’ve seen Transformers films before, you probably already know if you’ll like this. But in case you’re worried, no it’s not the confused mess people are already saying it is. The plot is defined, and carried well by Mark Wahlberg in the lead role. Yeah, it’s cheesey. Yeah, things explode. But I had a good time, and if you like huge films, this is for you.

See It If: you like Transformers films, explosions, cheesey speeches, banter, car chases… Basically, Michael Bay delivers a Michael Bay film. Fans, you know who you are.

 

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14 thoughts on “Preview: Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)”

  1. I have been putting off this film because of the reviews, but I am gonna go see it tonight or this weekend because I like all the other transformers and want to see it. I like your review, and I have some okay movies but like you I just like to be entertained and find something in most movies i go see enjoyable.

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    1. Yeah, there’s some harsh critics out there! If you have been enjoying the others, I think you’ll like this one.
      I get you, there’s nothing wrong with just going and being entertained, that’s what it’s all about! 😁

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  2. I happen to be a big fan of Michael Bay movies. He delivers maximum impact of action and emotion in as short amount of time possible, with the help of a powerful score. Yes, his movies are usually silly, but I don’t care, they tend to get to me in a good way. Great example, “Armageddon.” I still get choked up on those sentimental scenes. And I happen to have a first generation, 1984 Megatron Transformer complete in its box…a gift from when I was a boy. So, I am partial to Transformers!

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    1. I totally agree. Films have always been about entertainment and spectacle, having fun. Sure, they can do more than that, but at heart, what’s wrong with having a ride, an adventure? I think Michael Bay is great and his box office sales would agree with us. 😁

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  3. I planned on watching it either ways but i was not excited at all. Now that i’ve read your review, i am actually looking forward to watching it!!! Thank you

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  4. I’m not lying here, I had a smile on my face the entire time that I was reading this review. You just made my day 😊 I absolutely love Transformers, ever since I was a child. I own all the old cartoons on dvd, and have saved quite a number of toys. Yes, it’s pure nostalgia. True enough, every time a new Transformers movie comes out, people just want to bash it in some way. That’s way I loved reading this. I’m going to see it on tuesday (together with the Mummy), and I can’t wait now 😊

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    1. See it in 3D!! Ha ha! It’s so HUGE!! I kind of want to rewatch some of the cartoon episodes now… just for fun.
      Films are meant to be fun, entertaining. I think you’ll get a kick out of this one, like I did!

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      1. Your review has been the only positive one so far. Every other review I have read so far has completely trashed it. Oh well…I’m not bothered by it at all. I think I will enjoy it, seeing as how I enjoyed the other installments so far as well 😊

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