When Optimus Prime flew off into space stating that he was “coming for” his creators at the end of 2014’s Age of Extinction, the prospect of another Transformers flick didn’t seem quite so tiresome.
After all, surely the emphasis would shift from the increasingly annoying human elements to a full-on robots-versus-robots intergalactic showdown?
Well, I am afraid not as fifth series entry The Last Knight serves up more of the same – an even more frightening outcome with this the first in a minimum of three further films planned in a Transformers expanded universe.
Trying to sum up the story for this bizarre sequel – penned by four writers – would probably take up the majority of the rest of this review; just know there is a load of bunkum to get through involving the Transformers’ home world, Cybertron, ancient brotherhoods and King Arthur and Merlin – yep, no joke.
But whereas the franchise’s previous efforts to link Transformers’ mythology with human history – namely third film Dark of the Moon’s clever take on the Apollo 11 landing and Chernobyl disaster – worked well, The Last Knight’s 484 AD prologue and subsequent storylines feel forced, and will leave you scratching your head.
Michael Bay is once again back behind the
Up against it Optimus Prime faces a new set of challenges