Transformers Get Arthurian in 'The Last Knight'

Transformers Get Arthurian in 'The Last Knight'

Carla Harmon
June 22, 2017

FEW movie franchises have made as much as money as the blockbuster Transformers series but that doesn't mean Mark Wahlberg is interested in starring in any more of the robotic movies. And that is exactly the question this movie answers. If Bay doesn't go back on what he said and there is in fact a new director for TF7, I might be enticed to see it and would probably be more excited for it than any previous live-action Transformers movie.

Also I know it wasn't aimed at me personally; but I'm actually not seeing TLK. It looks like Paramount Studios, the producers of Transformers 5, want to create a Transformers universe, which will give them the opportunity to make sequels, prequels and spin-offs, and keep the franchise growing (and of course profitable).

So, for the love of Primus, if you love the Transformers - if you REALLY, REALLY love the Transformers - please do yourself a favour: Go watch the cartoons instead. Unlike his elder statesman characters in "Westworld" and "Thor", Hopkins doesn't appear to just be doing this for a paycheck. It's such a change of pace for him, and when he's onscreen, the movie is watchable. This latest film - which is number five in the franchise - proves that the Transformers universe is still alive and well, and is showing no signs of slowing down.

Thanks to Hopkins' performance though, the other actors don't quite shine. Indeed, the humans generally prove more two-dimensional than the Transformers, with Laura Haddock as a British scholar in a "stripper dress", as Cade puts it, ostensibly so he'll have someone to flirt with while they dodge large chunks of debris. So it is up to Cade (Wahlberg) again - along with sassy Oxford Prof Vivian (Haddock) - to save the world.

In the end, it's robots that save the show (and the world) somewhat. Also, Jim Carter does an excellent job as the voice of Cogman.

The rest of the Autobots and Decepticons lurk around menacingly, while fan favorite Hot Rod finally makes his debut, though in a terribly freakish version that bears no resemblance to his cartoon roots.

Transformers: The Last Knight will be released in the US on June 21, 2017, and it's fans are overjoyed that their long wait will soon come to an end.

If you're from the Metro Detroit area, you'll get a kick out of the scenes featuring local landmarks, such as the Pontiac Silverdome, downtown Detroit and the Renaissance Center, the Fisher Building and the old Packard Plant.

In space, Autobots leader Optimus Prime has been captured by his creator Quintessa, the firstborn and life giver of the Transformers, and has been brainwashed into becoming her servant.

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