Thursday June 22, I was in Ohio with my cousin having a movie vacation. You read correctly, I drove nine hours to sit on a couch and watch 30 movies in four days. Within the plethora of movies my cousin and I watched, one we had to go see in theaters as we do each year. My cousin was the host, and unfortunately I allowed him to choose. I was not prepared for him to decide to see Transformers: The Last Knight.
The last two installments of the franchise before seeing The Last Knight, I have been left shaking my head from the horrendous amounts of product placement, general lack of plot, and shallow character development. Sure, you can make the argument that this is a high-octane movie and my expectations are too high. Well action movies can still have those components and they are better because of them. Case and point, Smokin Aces. Transformers: The Dark Knight however not only kept with the general trend of its preceding movies, it increased the run time of the movie to two and a half hours.
Product placement was not as blatant as it was in Age of Extinction, but it still had certain shots almost dedicated to Bud Light in The Last Knight. My biggest two issues with this movie are the length of scenes and the plot that fell apart at the end. The length of scenes seemed to drone on to the point where I ended up realizing it during the scenes themselves. I stopped just watching the movie and thinking to myself, “alright they have beat this joke to death now, why are they continuing this scene?” And each one of those scenes then went on for another solid two minutes. The second large flaw was the plot, which historically is an important part of any movie. It seems like Michael Bay didn’t know how powerful he wanted a certain object to be in the film, and kept adding onto it throughout the movie. I think the reason I really disliked this film was due to how ‘big’ they made they made everything. The scaling of having the moon destroyed and a planet colliding with our own seemed to leave earth unphased for the most part. Sure, it is a movie, but the one person who was actually talking about science and physics in the movie was literally silenced in the movie for the sake of making a cool movie. Bay’s disregard for any type of reality in this movie disconnected me from the film.
If there was any saving grace to this film, it was the introduction of Anthony Hopkins. Hopkins is one of my favorite actors so it is always a treat to see him on the big screen, even though I felt his character was a bit too goofy for his usual stoic roles he has done in the past.
Overall, I would say this movie should not be seen in theaters, you shouldn’t pay for it through Redbox, and it’s barely something I may put on in the background for white noise. If I have to, I will give it a 1 out of 5.