Before I even get to talking about how I felt about this movie I have to say, I am a huge Transformers fan. To tell you the truth, I didn’t really know anything about Transformers until three years ago when I went to see Transformers: Age of Extinction and I was totally blown away. The Transformers were incredible, the action was mind-boggling, the movie was so loud, I ended up seeing that movie three times in theaters simply because those Transformers were unlike anything I’d ever seen before. Now, of course, the story wasn’t that cohesive and some of the characters were a little irritating but I didn’t even care. That’s how much fun I had watching scenes like when Optimus Prime fought the dinosaur Transformer…in IMAX.
So I, unfortunately, missed seeing Transformers: The Last Knight in the movies this year and, for the most part, I didn’t really care. The commercials were okay, the CGI looked sloppy, and the movie didn’t look that great. And then it became available to watch on Digital. So I watched it and…I loved it!! Here’s why.
Spoiler Alert! I am going to talk about this movie in full detail so, if you missed it, like me, and you don’t want to know anything about the movie I advise you to discontinue reading this right now. Now that that’s out of the way, let me tell you what I thought.
1. The Transformers
There were Transformers left and right in this movie. You had Megatron,
Optimus Prime of course,
and there were a whole bunch of new additions like the French-accented Transformer, Hot Rod,
and a whole bunch of other Transformers I can’t even remember. There were new Decepticons, baby Transformers which were incredibly adorable, literally old Transformers, I mean it was incredible.
I didn’t see it coming. The commercials and trailers did not reveal in the slightest that there would be over, I’d say, twenty different Transformers in the movie. I was and still am utterly shocked.
2. The Characters
The actual Transformers always make the Transformer films worth watching, it’s usually the humans that diminish the movies’ quality and thus, there haven’t been any fantastic Transformer movies. This is the first Transformers film where I genuinely liked every character. There is, of course, Mark Wahlberg’s Cade Yeager and he was great in the film.
He was funny, he was heroic when he needed to be, and his character has evolved since the last time we saw him in Age of Extinction. He’s no longer the broke, inventor dad trying to get his family’s life restored. Now, he’s a fugitive harboring illegal Transformers because, hey, they’re his friends and one thing Cade isn’t going to do is to abandon his friends.
And then there was the new girl, Vivianne (I don’t remember her last name) and I have to say I liked her too.
In the Transformers films, there is always the hot gal and she was the hot gal of this film. Unlike the other films, however, she wasn’t the pretty damsel in distress that’s sole purpose in the movie was to be the love interest. No, she actually had a very important role in the movie and she was as much of a hero as Optimus Prime or Cade Yeager. I applaud that. At first, I didn’t like her but I quickly warmed up to her once I found out that there was a reason why she was in the film, being Merlin’s direct descendant and all. And, she wasn’t wearing heels the whole time! When it came time for her to have to be able to move she changed into practical clothing and shoes and even tied her hair up into a bun. That’s my kind of heroine, pretty and ready to tussle if need be.
There’s also this new Transformer thingy (I call it a thingy because I don’t know whether to call it a droid or an actual Transformer) was an absolute comic relief. Imagine mixing C-3PO with K-2SO if K-2SO is ultra violent. That’s this new character, Cogmane. He made me laugh so many times in this movie. He was the strangest Transformer I have ever seen. But he wasn’t the only one that was funny.
And all of the other characters were fantastic too. No one was irritating, no one was in places they shouldn’t be, and everyone had their own role in the film.
3. The Humor
This movie was hilarious. Jokes were spewing left and right in the film. When things got a little too tense or even borderline corny a joke saved the day. It was fantastic. One thing I love is a fun movie that makes me laugh in the middle of all of the action and this movie did that for me. In fact, there were so many jokes that I don’t even remember them all. If you like an action flick full of humor this is one to watch.
4. And finally, the story
The story was surprisingly cohesive this time around and actually had me engaged throughout the entire film. I loved the tale of Merlin and the staff, I loved the introduction of the Transformers’ homeworld, Cybertron, and its rivalry with Earth/Unicron. Of course, the premise was fairly simple. Hunt for the special staff, keep it out of the Transformer goddess, Quintessa’s, hands and keep the world from ending. Everything came together nicely however at the end and there was nothing that didn’t make sense. Well except for Bumblebee getting his voice back but that’s a whole other story. All in all, the story was better than in Age of Extinction and so I’m very pleased.
Now, surprisingly, the best part of the movie was that first credit scene. The fact that Quintessa didn’t die and is now on Earth not only pretty much verifies that there’s going to be another Transformers movie (I hope) but it made Quintessa all the more menacing and important going forward.
And so, with that one credit scene, the movie became that much better. Was the movie perfect? Definitely not. It had its flaws like sometimes there were strange transitions and corny moments, but hey, I liked this movie better than Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 so that’s saying something.
I rank this movie 4 out of five stars and an 89 out of a 100. Like I said, it isn’t perfect, but it was rather enjoyable.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this review and if you haven’t seen it yet you should try it. You might be pleasantly surprised like I was. I thank you for reading this post and I wish you a beautiful weekend.