Tony's Take


There’s Comes a Time When We Are Called Upon to Make a Difference

We find ourselves in the War between humans and Transformers.  In “Transformers: The Last Knight”, a new task force, the TRF, has been established to wipe-out the remaining autobots and decepticons.  Cade has been in-hiding, protecting the autobots left behind by Optimus at the end of “Transformers: Age of Extinction”.  The film opens centuries earlier, as Merlin and King Arthur are facing-off in a War, only to be entrusted with the power of the Transformers; which has been funneled-into Merlin’s staff.  Back in the present, Cybertron has been depleted (as Optimus learns, due to the results of his actions), with the only hope of restoring the planet lies-within Merlin’s staff.  In-order to save his planet, Optimus must destroy Earth.  With Megatron after the staff as well, humanity’s hope lies with Cade and the rest of those willing to save Earth.

Mark Wahlberg returns as Cade Yeager, the grease monkey-turned-hero.  Wahlberg’s charm, wit, and humor continue to add more to his character, but never add much more depth to the story.  Sir Anthony Hopkins plays Sir Edmund Burton, a man entrusted with keeping the secrets of the Knights of the Round Table.  Josh Duhamel returns as Colonel William Lennox, a man on the inside of TRF for the Government.  Laura Haddock plays a woman with a mysterious familial connection named Vivian Wembley.  Santiago Cabrera plays a TRF agent named Santos.  Isabella Moner plays a young orphan hiding in the rubble of Chicago, Izabella.  Jerrod Carmichael is Cade’s second-in-command, Jimmy.  Glenn Morshower returns as General Morshower.  Gemma Chan plays the Creator, Quintessa.  John Turturro reprises his role as Agent Simmons.  Stanley Tucci returns to the franchise as Merlin.  Liam Garrigan, Martin McCreadie, and Rob Witcomb have brief roles as King Arthur, Lancelot, and Percival.  Tony Hale has a small role as a JPL Engineer.  Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime), Frank Welker (Megatron), Erik Aadahl (Bumblebee), John Goodman (Hound), Ken Watanabe (Drift), Jim Carter (Cogman), Steve Buscemi (Daytrader), Omar Sy (Hot Rod), Reno Wilson (Mohawk/Sqweeks), John DiMaggio (Nitro Zeus/Crosshairs), Tom Kenny (Wheels), Jess Harnell (Barricade), and Steven Barr (Volleybot) provide the voice work.

“Transformers: The Last Knight” is a muddled and disheveled mess; way too busy and too many story-lines to follow that take away from its main focus: entertainment.  As with (almost) all Michael Bay movies, he loves to blow things up and “Transformers: The Last Night” is no exception.  One of the finer points of the film is the visual-effects.  The explosions are crisp and beautiful, as is the 3D imagery. It almost feel as if Bay spent more time on the visuals than the film itself.  As we’ve come to know from the franchise, the humor is ever-present.  While some of the jokes/banter work and others don’t, what surprised me the most was the vulgarity used throughout the film.  I lost track of how many variations of “shit” I heard.  For a franchise that has made an approach towards younger kids, parents will not be happy about the language heard throughout.  As I mentioned before, “Transformers: The Last Knight” has SO MUCH going on.  With at least 15 different location-lines shown on-screen throughout the film, it’s hard to keep-track of everything.  Not to mention that it completely makes the film tonally-confused.  However, the robot-on-robot action is definitely a tool Bay mastered and this is no exception!  The only thing is that it’s difficult to keep track of which robot is which.  Luckily, Bay has made it very apparent (as has Wahlberg) that this is his final entry in the franchise.  Sure, over the last 10 years there has been plenty on Transformers-fun, but it’s time to move-on because this horse has been beaten way-past-dead.  Thanks Michael Bay for the memories, but I truly hope you start focusing on the other films you want to make!  “Transformers: The Last Knight” has a run time of 149 minutes and if filled to the brim with story.  The Transformers franchise has given us some great time and some not-so-great times; and unfortunately, “Transformers: The Last Knight falls-under the latter.

“Transformers: The Last Knight” unveils secrets hidden-deep in Earth’s history that also serve as the only hope to humanity’s survival.  The film features plenty of chaotic, robotic action, a lot of humor, and a very busy, interconnected plot.  Fans of the franchise will undoubtedly check this out in theaters, but moviegoers should spend their money on something else this weekend!!


TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST NIGHT is rated PG-13 for violence and intense sequences of sci-fi action, language, and some innuendo, in theaters JUNE 21ST!


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