Critical Review 2: Transformers: The Last Knight

Transformers: The Last Knight is a installment in the series of Transformers movies that released in June 2017, the science fiction thriller is action packed with a hint of romance, really long as the film was 3hrs+. The main stars of the film are Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), Vivian Wembley (Laura Haddock) and Optimus Prime of course. As the plot thickens Yeager finds out that he has been chosen by the knights of transformers that he is the last knight and Vivian finds out she is the last descendant of the “sorcerer” Merlin making her the only one able to wield Merlin’s staff, together they are able to fight back against Quintessa, the creator of Autobots and Decepticons who plans to eradicate Earth in order to restore her own planet (Cybertron). The setting is Earth in 484 then present day Earth with the story shifting from various countries such as the United States and Great Britain.

The story starts off with an unfamiliar flashback to the transformers series, set in the Arthurian legend era, where Merlin is granted a staff from mysterious transformers to help defeat his party’s enemies, from there it goes back to present time with Yeager at the center of attention who carries on with usual lifestyle of helping out outlawed autobots. Everything takes a turn and tension starts to increase as he’s targeted by Megatron, tension is heated up as a controlled Optimus Prime enters the fray and tries to attack Yeager and Vivian and retrieve the staff, when he is released from the control he sides with earth and fights back against Quintessa which is where the climax occurs and from there the story simmers.

As a big feature film series its obvious Transformers would have a high production level and the capabilities to provide high level special effects and it did just that, the autobots, decepticons, weapons, ships etc were really brought to life, but I felt the movie relied too much on the special effects and lacked substance although being 3hrs long the movie was not to in depth with information, introducing a brand new theory in the series and fulfilling the theory’s problem in the same movie, seemed like a “filler” movie but with the hint of a new story at the end of the film, where a mysterious woman is introduced. The movie also did well with the voice overs of all the machines and editing for all the fight scenes.

The film didn’t specify on any social responsibilities and had underlying values tied into the story such as Yeager’s loyalty to the autobots, bumble bee and Optimus Prime especially and then friendship where one of the supporting main characters Isabella showed her love and ties for her autobot friends who she recognized as family. The bigger values were the resolve of bravery and courage that the defense of Earth had in order to protect their home. Violence is heavily incorporated in the film, battles from start to end, from human vs human, autobot vs human, autobot vs decepticon, autobot vs autobot (seen below) and human vs decepticon. transformers-op-fights-bb.png

Women were portrayed quite well in the film, the co-protoganist is a woman (Vivian) and she is made extremely important as technically she is the only human being alive who can save the world, big up for the ladies! In the latter part of the movie we  see her romance with Yeager play out, Yeager had to work his way in to her soft side throughout the movie. Also Isabella one of the supporting characters has a strong relationship with autobots and is hinted to be back in later films.

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In conclusion I think the film was overall okay, not too different in terms of impact from other transformers movies, action packed and is at least a good watch for any age to enjoy. The Transformers series sticks to what It knows which is special effects!

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