Stars Come Out For The 'Transformers' Premiere In Chicago

Carla Harmon
June 23, 2017

Don't worry, we're also losing count here; nonetheless, number five in the Michael Bay franchise is titled Transformers: The Last Knight - and no, the last knight isn't Sam Witwicky (thank goodness). Transformers: The Last Knight is all kinds of terrible.

While we have plenty of photos above of the premiere, it appears the festivities weren't quite fan friendly.

The Transformers Optimus Prime truck and Bumblebee character surprised children at the Boxted school, which was chosen after winning a competition arranged by the franchise-holder Hasbro.

Or, maybe, they were just taking precautionary measures in case anyone wanted to ask Wahlberg to say hi to his mother for them!

Going along with what the past "Transformers" movies had done, its fifth installment, "Transformers: The Last Knight", will show how the Transformers who left Cybertron played a crucial role in the mythological battle between King Arthur and the round table knights and invading barbarians. So the filmmaker is back behind the camera once again for The Last Knight, which is just as big, bloated and long (at 2 1/2 hours) as all that have come before it.

We can add Anthony Hopkins to the list of reliable character actors who've fallen for the siren song of Michael Bay's chequebook and the Transformers franchise; I can only assume the Welsh Oscar victor needed to buy an island or something. The future of the human race, however, lies in the hidden history of the Transformers on Earth. The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw is especially scathing, writing: "Like so many of Bay's movies, it is a machine for converting your brain matter into soup".

If you decide to check out the movie anyway, watch it for Anthony Hopkins.

Wahlberg does his usual macho "I must save the world" shtick, while Josh Duhamel returns to bark orders. That's an ending for you.

In fact, if that comes to pass, it would be a 30 percent drop from the 2014 opening of "Age of Extinction", and that film made more than $100 million less in North America than the film before it. The best touch, though, is Cogman (the voice of Jim Carter), Edmund's robotic butler, a sort of C-3PO with a temper (as a robot who aims a C-3PO joke at him finds out).

The story isn't even really about the Transformers; it's about all the boring humans they crammed into the movie.

The Last Knight opens in its first 42 foreign territories this weekend, including a slew of major markets, such as China, the U.K., Russia, Australia, Germany, Italy, North Korea and Hong Kong.

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