Thursday, June 22, 2017
Transformers The Last Knight Review: A Prime Example of What A Blockbuster Should Not Be!
Transformers: The Last Knight continues the story of Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) and the Autobots. While dealing with a world against Transformers, Cade and the Autobots have to deal with a dead Cybertron that is on collision course. The only way to stop the coming threat is for Cade to find the staff of Merlin which has the power to revive Cybertron. With the help of Viviane Wembly (Laura Haddock) and Sir Edmund Burton (Anthony Hopkins), Cade and Bumblebee search for the staff but encounter other problems on the way-such as Megatron (Frank Welker) and even Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) who has been corrupted by Quintessa (Gemma Chan) to steal the staff for the sake of Cybertron.
You know at this point I did not believe there was anything that this series could do to get under my skin when it came to its stories. The Transformers franchise has featured an array of plots riffled with inconsistencies and poor execution that I did not believe things could get any lower. Yet the new installment may have just proven me wrong. The plot was executed so poorly that were many times during my experience where I asking myself just what in the development hell was going on in this film? Why the TRF was teaming up with Decepticons to chase Cade and the Autobots was just one of the many baffling moments to this story. When it came to continuity details, such as the fate of Cybertron or how Megatron's transformed from Galvatron to Megatron again, were not just poorly explained they were not mentioned at all. The film was far too busy being a big time adventure then ever explaining itself; and this would not be so bad if the adventure aspect was entertaining-but it was not. The movie's sense of adventure was grating as the pacing was all over the place ranging from being too quick or just dragging itself along. However the worst offence this story had to offer was, despite the earth shattering threat, the stakes to this larger than life plot was as crucial as an episode from the 80's Transformers cartoon-at least those could be entertaining.
I suppose I should not have been surprised by the outcome of Transformers: The Last Knight. This entire series has been (In my opinion) the lowest quality of blockbusters, and the latest installment only lives up to this standard-actually I am contemplating whether or not the new film actually lowered the bar or not. At its best The Last Knight had average quality with the likes of action and effects; but at its worst the the film was just tedious with its poor excuse of storytelling and character development. To be blunt Transformers The Last Knight is a film lacking spirit, wonder or fun. To put it simply: it's just another addition in the Transformers franchise.