Transformers: The Last Knight
Transformers: The Last Knight is a 2017 American science fiction action film based on the Transformers toy line. It is the fifth installment of the live-action Transformers film series and a sequel to 2014's Age of Extinction. Like its predecessors, the film is directed by Michael Bay. Returning Transformers include Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Hound, Drift, Crosshairs, Wheelie, Megatron, and Barricade. The film premiered at Odeon Leicester Square in London on June 18, 2017, and was theatrically released in the United States on June 21, 2017, by Paramount Pictures in 2D, 3D, IMAX, and IMAX 3D. After it is released, it was critically panned by critics, audiences and fans alike, reaching a 15% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, marketing the worst-reviewed film of the Transformers series and it became bombed at the office, grossing $605 million worldwide against a production budget between $217–260 million, causing the sequels were cancelled and the franchise was rebooted with Bumblebee, which released on December 21, 2018 to a successful critical and financial reception.
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 (Mark Wahlberg), Bumblebee, an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins), and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).
Why It Sucks
- This film repeats the same plot from its previous Transformers movies. If you've seen the previous movies or its first one, then you've already seen this film.
- Wasted the potential of Mohawk, Dreadbot, Nitro Zeus, Onslaught, Berserker, Hot Rod, Daytrader, and Infernus.
- The writing is very messy and poor considering the fact that it took seven writers for this film's script. It's as if Michael Bay never really cared about these movies anymore.
- Confusing and incomprehensible plot that is full of retcons, continuity errors, and plot-holes.
- Megatron was actually Galvatron from the last film, now he's Megatron again?
- Optimus claimed that he hasn't heard Bumblebee speak since the fall of Cybertron, even though he talked (though temporary) in the first movie.
- In the first movie, Optimus Prime says they learned Earth Language through the World Wide Web, yet the transformers can talk English normally during the King Author era.
- Speaking of which, after the first movie, Bumblebee doesn't talk in the other Transformers films, but in here, he does without any explanation why.
- Cybertron was said to be destroyed in the previous movies, yet in this movie, it's actually still around, but dying.
- How did Bumblebee even fight throughout World War II?
- A little rapid hand watch Transformer apparently killed Adolf Hitler?
- Sir Edmund Burton says that an Autobot would pass on to every Witwicky and serve them, yet Sam Witwicky's parents were shocked to know about the transformers.
- The biggest plot-hole of them all, Megatron negotiates with Lennox about releasing certain Decepticons out of prison, which doesn't make sense since Megatron can free them himself or the Deceptions can free themselves since their large robots. It doesn't help the fact that N.E.S.T. should have destroyed them, there's no reason for them to "arrest" them other than for making this scene.
- Chicago is still a ruined city despite it being rebuilt in the previous film.
- Barricade somehow survived the Battle of Chicago with no explanation of how he escaped.
- In Age of Extinction, Lockdown mentioned that there are multiple creators. But in this film, Quintessa is the only creator.
- Speaking of Quintessa, she is called the "Prime of Life". But in Revenge of the Fallen, it's stated that Optimus Prime is the last Prime (The Fallen and Sentinel Prime are both exceptions because The Fallen was the original Decepticon, while Sentinel was still in stasis on the Ark).
- The acting of the human characters from actors such as Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci is very hammy and poor, even more than Shia LaBeouf as Sam Witwicky.
- Some characters from the previous film, peculiarly Grimlock, rarely appear in this film.
- The Dinobots are flanderized. In the previous movie, they were brave warriors, but here they act more as pets instead of fighting at all.
- Yet again, given that it was directed by Michael Bay, the film overuses explosion effects.
- Some of the robots/transformers are obvious rip-offs from Star Wars, such as Squeeks being an obvious clone of R2-D2, and Cogman being an obvious clone of C-3PO as stated by Crosshairs.
- Similar to Grindor from Revenge of the Fallen, most members of Megatron's crew are reused CGI models. This proves that the animators were too lazy to make new ones.
- Bumblebee's new vehicle mode looks ugly, as the front looks like one giant grill. Even worst is that the look was carried over to the actual Chevrolet Camaro. Here's proof.
- Similar to Age of Extinction, Michael Bay trolled fans by making them think that the Aston Martin and McLaren in London were gonna be new characters, which ended up being false.
- The film focuses more on establishing sequels than focusing on its own story.
- The soundtrack, while still pretty good, isn't quite as memorable compared to previous installments in the franchise.
- It keeps switching aspect ratios. Unlike Christopher Nolan's movies, which switch from widescreen to IMAX when a major action scene happens, this switches from 1.85:1 (TV aspect ratio, close to IMAX), 2.00:1 (Univisium aspect ratio, popular on Netflix), and 2.35:1 (common cinema aspect ratio) at random points, even during conversations, which is very distracting. It doesn't help the fact it took six editors to edit this movie.
- Speaking of said editing, the movie also has numerous frame-rate drops.
- The action sequences are bland, lazy and a step back from the previous installments and are very disorienting to watch.
- False Advertising: The trailers and posters made it look like Optimus Prime was going to be the main antagonist of the film. But he is barely in the film and just in it at the third act.
- Speaking of which, the whole movie made it so obvious that Optimus Prime is the evil Autobot right from the first time we see him on screen.
- The cinematography is completely lazy and terrible as makes it feel more like a direct-to-video and/or made for a TV movie.
- So much padding and pointless filler that makes it feel longer than it actually is, and because of this, there wasn't any character development for anyone.
- The ending is completely abysmal and nothing more than sequel-bait.
- This film nearly killed the Transformers Movie series if it weren't for Bumblebee.
- Great voice acting from the Autobots, thanks to the cast reprising their roles.
- The CGI is still very cool, just like the previous films.
- Cade Yeager is still a tolerable protagonist.
- Unlike Transformers: Age of Extinction, the filmmakers managed to tone down the product placement.
- Although short, Optimus Prime's fight with Bumblebee is epic.
- There are some funny moments, such as the scene where Crosshairs calls Cogman a "C-3PO rip off", and Cogman replying to him by breaking one of his fingers.
- While not quite as memorable, the soundtrack is still pretty good by Steve Jablonsky.
- Despite looking like a KSI Boss with Shockwave's head, Nitro Zeus became a fan favorite Decepticon.
Transformers: The Last Knight was universally panned by critics, audiences, and fans alike with criticism focused on its length, story, direction, narrative, performances, script, cinematography, and constant format changes throughout and is considered the worst-reviewed film of the Transformers series, though the fight scenes, musical score, visuals, and voice acting received some praise. It was the lowest-rated Transformers film with only a 15% approval rating in Rotten Tomatoes and an average 3.24/10 rating from audiences. The site critic consensus reads, "Cacophonous, thinly plotted, and boasting state-of-the-art special effects, The Last Knight is pretty much what you'd expect from the fifth installment of the Transformers franchise.". On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 27 out of 100, based on 47 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale, the same score as the second film, while PostTrak reported filmgoers gave a 75% overall positive score and a 55% "definite recommend".
Transformers: The Last Knight was the franchise's second box office bomb, with the first being the 1986 animated film The Transformers: The Movie, grossing $605.4 million, against a production budget of $217 million with an estimated loss of over $100 million for both Paramount and Hasbro.
Due to the failure of the movie, its sequels were cancelled and the franchise was rebooted with Bumblebee.
- The theatrical version of the end credits for this movie are short, while in the digital releases, they are longer.