Transformers 3D: The Last Knight

Transformers 3D: The Last Knight

(2017)

Rethink your heroes.

The fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise, with director Michael Bay and star Mark Wahlberg returning.... More

Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).Hide

Flicks Review

This is not the worst Transformers film. Marky Mark's squawking isn't quite as annoying as Shia LaBeouf's, the female characters aren't ogled as lecherously as in previous films and the racial caricatures are dialed back somewhat too. But The Last Knight is a strong contender for the most nonsensical of all of Michael Bay's nonsensical robot alien movies, and is probably also the most boring.... More

It's wildly overstuffed, but the basics are Merlin's staff and King Arthur's medallion are needed to stop the god of Cybertron from getting that planet to eat Earth and wipe out all life on it. Then there's several superfluous subplots involving countless unnecessary characters, all adding up to a punishing two and a half hours.

It's a special sort of hate I have for these films. All of them. The first one sucked, I don't care who says it didn't. They're so aggressively obnoxious; not works of low quality but works of anti-quality. Of the sequels, I vaguely remember a climactic fight on the Pyramids and another in a falling building. I shan't remember The Last Knight's, even though it's the most bearable part of the whole ghastly experience. It seems to start at Stonehenge then jumps to some huge submarine alien structure, before jumping again to Cybertron... I think. I honestly can't be sure what planet the end of the film takes place on.

There's one sequence in that climactic battle that probably lasts less than a minute showing Optimus Prime wasting some baddies with his sword. It looks pretty sweet. It's the one brief moment of enjoyable action in this entire mess, which has barely a trace of any wit, charm or fun of any sort. And yet, it'll make millions upon millions. Cool world.Hide


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  • If for some reason the drawn-out and incoherent battle scenes are what you liked about the earlier films, the climactic one here is still both of those things. The movie is shorter than the last one, though, and considerably more bearable. Full Review

  • The Last Knight leaves behind recent large-scale failures like they were standing still, gasping in its dust, while it pops a wheelie and its horn plays a dubstep remix of "La Cucuracha". Full Review

  • By now you know exactly what to expect from a Transformers film: undeniably epic action spectacle at the cost of character, logic or genuine drama. Predictably formulaic. Full Review

  • Bay's genuine determination to give you a good time still doesn't result in fun. Overlong, overstuffed and soulless, for fans who grew up with Optimus and Co, The Last Knight will sting like a bee. Full Review

  • Transformers: The Last Knight comes in at 149 minutes, and each of those minutes lasts as long as the reign of Charlemagne. Full Review

  • Bay's visual sensibility has, if anything, matured, to the point of demanding and earning your exasperated surrender. He has a peerless command of the imaginative excesses of the Hollywood blockbuster. Full Review

  • For the first time, the messy hyperactive form and nihilistic crunched-metal content seem to reinforce each other. Full Review