Transformers: The Last Knight
WHILE not as painful to sit through as Age Of Extinction ,this one still has lots of incoherent battle scenes and some awful continuity problems – such as a big human-on-Decepticon battle at a historical monument that suddenly just ... ends.
Then there’s that largely silly comedy routine between Anthony Hopkins and his robotic manservant (which, to be fair, does have two funny Mel Brooks-inspired moments). And how many blockbusters this year have to feature a decommissioned submarine jumping its moorings? Only here, we don’t have Dwayne Johnson diverting torpedoes with bicep power. Pity.
Transformers are outlawed everywhere on Earth except Cuba. Strangely enough, the global anti-robot police “TRF” – I’ll take it that stands for Transformers Reaction Force and not Trump Reactionary Force – seems eager to hunt down and kill Autobots while just throwing Decepticons in jail. Blasted ungrateful humans, you deserve to have your planet eaten.
Returning faces Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel and John Turturro are joined by Hopkins as the Earl of Exposition, Laura Haddock as a history professor, and Isabela Moner as a streetwise kid to face the impending threat of Cybertron, the Transformers’ homeworld, coming here to eat our planet. Told you we deserved it. (If only Orson Welles was still with us to suggest a good wine with that meal.)
From being the awesome force of righteousness he was in the first one and a half movies, Optimus Prime now just says his name so many times that he sounds like a WWE wrestler cutting a promo for the next pay-perview. With its mightiest element neutered, the film relies on trusty old Bumblebee for robot thrills, and at least we can count on him for some chrome-plated Camaroderie. And that’s not the worst pun you’ll get from all this. –