Transformers: The Last Knight Review

By Jordan Samuel


Transformers (2007) came out 10 years ago and spawned a billion-dollar franchise but failed to impress critically. Paramount Pictures are banking on a shared universe with the iconic characters, but does it survive yet another new outing?

Transformers: The Last Knight Review

Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager, Bumblebee, an English Lord, and an Oxford Professor.

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I grew up with the Transformers toys, leading me to adore the classic 80’s animated series; the one that brought those awesome robots to life. It was a huge part of my childhood as the make-believe war between the Autobots and Deceptions brought joyous waterworks and high adventure to the table.

Back when rumblings about a live-action adaptation were going around in the mid-2000s, many minds (including mine) literally exploded with the idea of a big-screen adaptation. Michael Bay was chosen to direct Transformers (2007) which was set to modernize the iconic robot war. It revived the series, but failed in pleasing critics and disappointed hardcore fans.

I remember being excited about the project, but those hopes were squashed with a 2-hour product advert that didn’t focus on what made each of those TV episodes so great.

The attempt to bring a gritty reimagining to the screen with the story of one boy and his car brought in the perfect footnote for a cinema juggernaut. The Transformers sequels Revenge of the Fallen and Dark of the Moon forgot this idea; over-relying on human counterparts, losing all the potential steam seen in the original series

Ten years later, 2017 delivers us another franchise iteration with Transformers: The Last Knight (2017), that is set to retell the origins of the cybertronic knights and their connection with the earth. But does it work in refreshing a tired old movie series?


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Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) is a mixed attempt to revive the iconic franchise with a darker tone and new plot twists, but ends up being more of the same. Failing to paint a fresh coat over the aging robots Transformers: The Last Knight still depends on boring human characters and messy action.

Michael Bay attempts to create his best installment since Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), bringing in needed development to the autobot and retelling elements of their respected origins. But this all ends up being bogged-down in a convoluted story structure which, again, focuses too much on the human side. At points Bay sidelines the entire robot cast.

This is due to a large emphasis on the new female lead, Isabela Moner, who teams up with a bunch of other teenage survivors of the ongoing robot war. Michael Bay tries to mimic The Goonies (1985), with modern teenage stereotypes that don’t fit in well with the post-apocalyptic tone of the picture. At points, there are a ton of Go to the full article.

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