By now you probably get the general gist of what these pieces of trash- I mean films are all about. The Autobots are good. The Deceptacons are bad. Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen), the leader of the Autobots and savior of humanity, has vanished in the far reaches of space whilst searching for his maker. Cade (Mark Whalberg) is left on Earth in hiding, living in a world where people have turned on Transformers and see them as public enemies. Why? I have no clue. But Cade is soon brought into a bigger world, secretly dating back thousands of years, where the true history of Transformers is uncovered, and a dark threat awaits the imminent destruction of Earth as we know it.
One of the biggest problems this franchise continuously seems to face is the runtime. Transformers: The Last Knight clocks in at a refreshingly short 149 minutes, but 149 minutes is still a painfully long runtime, short only in comparison to previous installments. Michael Bay and his team of writers fill the runtime with everything they can possibly think off, and the film overflows with plot. Nothing feels connected or relevant to anything. The screenplay is so poorly paced and plotted, overstuffed with medieval bullshit, a re-writing of history, random submarine chases, a needlessly evil Optimus, way too many supporting characters to count and endless gags that aren’t ever funny. You can feel its runtime, more so than in any of the previous films, and that’s saying something.
None of the characters are provided with a motive or even a general sense of why they’re doing the things they’re doing. Every character gets an introduction, even if they’re only present for one or two scenes after that. Nothing flows. It’s one big clusterfuck of a movie leaping from action sequence to plot exposition then back to another action sequence. The film opens with a drunk, womanizing Merlin played by Stanley Tucci, and it’s one of the worst sins this franchise has committed. The scene is an abomination, causing the first of many times one audience member in front of me raised both middle fingers at the screen. None of the humour fits tonally with what Bay is going for. It’s all juvenile and seemingly the work of a hormone-crazed teen just starting to go through puberty.
On a technical level the film is fine. The effects, the sound mixing and the camera work, shot in the typical Bayhem style, are all fine. There’s nothing bad about them, even if every score on the soundtrack is generic battle music, but they aren’t as impressive as they once were. Back in 2007, the effects in Transformers were mind-blowing. It was the animated show seamlessly brought to life, but times have changed, and the effects have not. They were ahead of their time so they still hold up, but there are no improvements. The effects are good, but they stand out in comparison to the human characters at times, especially in the human vs. Transformers finale. Take a look at the new Planet of the Apes series, for example. As the years have progressed, so has the technology, and the visuals from the upcoming sequel look flawless.
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