Review: Transformers - The Last Knight
2.5Overall Score

An epic chapter in the Transformers franchise that doesn’t live up to that of the previous films.

Starring: Mark Whalberg and Josh Duhamel

Plot: The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager; Bumblebee; an English Lord; and an Oxford Professor. There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.

Remarks: I am a massive fan of the Transformers franchise so, naturally, I was really excited to watch the fifth installment – ‘The Last Knight’. The films have always had great storylines and I am happy to say that this film doesn’t disappoint. In a bid to save his home planet Cybertron, Optimus Prime becomes enchanted by the planet’s evil queen. He must return to Earth to find a mystical object, given to Merlin during the King Arthur days, and, ultimately, becomes the villain in the film. This adds a different dynamic to the franchise which sees humans and transformers on edge with each other more than ever.

Naturally, the film has everything we love about the franchise. It’s got a whole lot of action, plot twists and even a love story. The new characters, played by Sir Anthony Hopkins and Laura Haddock, are incredibly interesting and give us a deeper insight into Earth’s relationship with the transformers.

However, nothing wowed me. I felt there were too many loopholes within the storyline and I was really disappointed that there was not as much ‘transformation’ and CGI effects as previous films – an element that makes this franchise so epic. Cade Yaeger (played by Mark Whalberg) is not much of a hero this time around. He relies too much on the autobots and his new friends to solve the new mysteries for him and although he is insrumental in saving the world, he is more of the brawn instead of the brains. The film is also incredibly long. At just under two and a half hours, the film dragged. There was at least 40 minutes of footage that could have been cut which would have made the film a more exhilarating watch. But, with too many predictable scenes and twists, I got bored.

This film had the potential to be great but, unfortunately, it brings absolutely nothing we haven’t seen before to the table. That being said, fans of the franchise will definitely get a kick out of this one.

Rating: 3/5

Transformers: The Last Knight releases on the 23rd of June 2017.

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