With so many sequels already within this franchise (and none of them really worth a great reputation) the latest instalment in the Transformers franchise was always going to be made for the most dedicated of fans.
With the big blockbuster special effects and a budget to match, it’s all cars, endof-the-world and impossible ﬁ ght scenes in Transformers: The Last Knight, but suspend your expectations and you might just get more out of the ﬁlm than you would expect.
With the introduction of DinoTransformers in the last ﬁlm, The Last Knight goes one better and opens up a medieval history (compete with appearances from Merlin and King Arthur) that attempts to explain the secret history of Transformers on Earth.
Modern-day Earth has been left shaken and tensions between the human race and Transformers are higher than ever. Cade Yeager is the only man left who protects the Autobots, that have been left behind by their leader Optimus Prime as he searches for their forgotten home of Cybertron. But when Optimus, Decepticon leader Megatron and the human governments discover the existence of a staff that could change the fate of their worlds, a desperate race across Europe begins.
There’s a lot involved in this ﬁ lm and none of it is easily explained without spoiling some key moments. But the cast (despite initial appearances) work together quite well as Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, Isabela Moner and (long-time Transformers comic relief favourite) John Turturro share screen and plot equally.
Wahlberg is a solid character whose connection to the Autobots plants him very ﬁrmly in the centre of the entire narrative, and the Autobots themselves (and Decepticons for that matter) have a few new tricks to impress audiences. There’s actually a good reason for Haddock’s Oxford professor that relates directly to the plot and has some romantic value which is a nice relief for an action ﬁlm, and while Hopkins initially seems like an odd addition to the franchise he works well as the eccentric historian.
The most interesting thing about this ﬁlm is that it is less concerned with the revitalisation of Cybertron (until it becomes the primary part of the plot, however) and more focused on the human war and history on Earth. It becomes very much about the risks that one race will go to in ensuring the survival of both humans and Transformers, and while the beginning and ending can be a little messy, the heart of Transformers: The Last Knight is a good one.
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