Like it or not, the Transformers franchise is one of the most successful ever, with almost 4 Billion dollar box office cumulative in just 4 movies, and most likely will surpass that mark this weekend (thanks to China).
Despite this fifth installment is also doomed to be the worst performing of the series, I don’t think it will be a problem since this franchise goes particularly well in home video: they averaged $100 million DVD/Blu-Ray Sale per movie, which is insane by itself. And these don’t count digital transaction (VOD – Own or Rent) at all, which could lead this statistic to staggering proportion. And, again, that’s data for the U.S. market alone, so you do the math.
So, what I’m saying is: all the haters (which include critics) of this franchise must suck it up because this series won’t go anywhere for a very long time.
Just to be clear: I’m not a hater, nor a lover, but I’m sick of so-called critics bashing movies who delivered exactly what they advertised. That’s senseless, unprofessional and ultimately ignorant.
Because that’s one of the reasons I can’t hate any Transformers flick: they advertise robots kicking each other butts, and I get robots kicking each other butts. It’s as simple as that, why you need shit on Michael Bay just because he knows how to do his job differently from most of you (with ‘you’ meaning the critics)? I don’t really get it.
Anyways, with that out of the way, I can tell you that Transformers: The Last Knight delivers what it promised, even though the filmmaking quality is extremely unbalanced, and it has some major flaws nonetheless.
First and foremost: the movie is 150 minutes long, and you could break down the movie like this: 115 minutes of set up – we have a bunch of action sequences, expository dialogues (even though rightfully set up), which consist of a bunch of blabbering that, even though makes sense and the actors involved make the scenes enjoyable more often than not, remembers you that blabbering is not what you want in a Transformers movie; and a 35 minutes third act where we have a perfectly managed action sequence, showcasing Michael Bay at its best (some of you might think Bay didn’t direct those 35 minutes but, well, he did).
Those last 35 minutes are incredibly done, in everything you could think of (CGI, Editing, Script, as it could be a short movie by itself), whereas the rest seemed it was done just for the sake of it, with a bunch of head aching action scenes that you don’t enjoy more often than not.
Story-wise, Transformers: The Last Knight does not quite come close to the first episode, yet somehow it ends up being above the other chapters. It still has flaws, obviously: as Michael Bay explained ahead of the movie release, they now have a writers room for the franchise, trying to expand its universe, starting in fact from The Last Knight. Unfortunately, the ‘universe building’ it tries to do works until a certain point, once you realize the whole influence with the Arthurian legend it’s gonna end right in this chapter. The only thing that is left for the following chapters (apart from Unicron – not gonna explain what it is) and spin-offs, is the idea that the Transformers have always interacted with humans since in fact the Arthurian time (even though the second chapter prologue showed otherwise, but that scene was more of a villainous robot exterminating that tribe if I remember correctly).
Mark Wahlberg is back once again as Cade Yeager, and he still has somewhat of a central role (because he is friend with some Transformers), alongside Laura Haddock (you may remember her as Guardians of The Galaxy‘s Meredith Quill, if you have a good eye), both guided by a hilarious Anthony Hopkins. The plot surrounding these characters is nothing special, but if you do yourself the favor to pay attention to the words they say (which sometimes is painful I’ll admit) you might get some more fun out of the flick. By the way, Stanley Tucci is in the movie but is not reprising the role from Age of Extinction. Also, John Turturro comes back, reprising his role, for what could be considered as a cameo.
So, is Transformers: The Last Knight a good movie? If I take it on its own, not really, especially because of the extreme unbalance in filmmaking I told you before. But again, it delivers what it promised, and I honestly think it’s a good Transformers movie.
Don’t like robots kicking each other butts? Don’t fucking go, it’s as simple as that.
PS: Almost forgot, if you want to watch this, do yourself a favor and watch it in IMAX 3D, a format for which the flick was shot natively (giving us one of the best 3D in years).