Blairgowrie Advertiser - - THE TICKET - Trans­form­ers: The Last Knight (12A) ●●●●●

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

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