Directed by: Michael Bay | Produced by: Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Ian Bryce | Story by: Akiva Goldsman, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, Ken Nolan | Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, Stanley Tucci, Josh Duhamel | Cinematography: Jonathan Sela | Production Company: di Bonaventura Pictures, Hasbro Studio | Distributed by Paramount Pictures | Official Website
When you heard the latest Transformers movie is out on the theater, what is the most thing you can expect? The cling-clang-boom-here-you-go Robots? The unnecessarily excessive explosives and cool vehicles trying to calm down army of angry alien robots? The somehow sexy, smart and talented woman who unexpectedly falls into a out-of-the-league man’s arm? The Mark Wahlberg’s abs, after the departure of the awkward Shia LeBeouf? Well, it’s all you can get from the fifth installment of Transformers live-action movie franchise, called Transformers: The Last Knight.
Open with the setting of British Dark Ages, where King Arthur and his Roundtable Knights fight their battles with the help of Merlin (the unrecognizable Stanley Tucci). Here, instead of using Magic like we used to know, Merlin is actually asking for help from the Guardian Robots, who trusted him with a staff that powerful enough to destroy a planet, while the 12 guardian robot forms a three-headed robodragon. From now, I exactly know this movie is leading to its self-destruction.
Over almost two millenia after, earth is being invaded by Alien ships, as told by one of Nasa’s physician, “They tried to make this earth a microwave, and we are the popcorn.” Failed inventor Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) is trying to hide his Autobots friends in a car junkyard alongside his assistant Jimmy (Jerrod Carmichael). Joined with them are Izabella (Isabela Moner), an orphan teenager who has a high interest in Robots, and her pet robo Sqweeks who tries so hard to look as cute as R2-D2 and BB8. One day when their hides has been revealed and they were chased by both Decepticons and the government, they are found by Cogman, a robobutler who tries to impersonate C3-PO, who works for Sir Edmund Burton (Anthony Hopkins). Sir Edmund Burton invites Yeager to England and he also invites Dr. Viviane Wembly (Laura Haddock), a History Professor from Oxford University.
Meanwhile, on Planet Cybertron, Optimus has met his creator, Quintessa (Gemma Chan). Instead of original Hasbro’s Cybertron gods Quintessons, it seems like Bay is trying to simplify all things so the Quintessons are replaced by single entity, Quintessa. Quintessa wants the staff to be returned, so she hypnotized Optimus to follow her instructions and get the staff back. On earth, Sir Edmund tells them that the alien invasion that happens lately is caused by Merlin staff, that only can be activated by Merlin’s direct descendant, Viviane. Optimus is back to earth as an enemy, as Yeager and Viviane try to find the staff that said to be buried with Merlin.
The movie feels in total disorder all around. It’s like they messed up with everything. The plot is a chaos, you can’t barely even know the connection with the previous installments, and the movie itself destroy its own timeline. There’s so many things that feel like they were forced to be there just to maintain the running time of no shorter than 150 minutes, and for me the movie looks like the compilation of 2017’s worst movies. You can recall the “Hello I’m King Arthur” moment from King Arthur and The Legend of The Sword and “Why are we in England again?” moment from The Mummy. The CGI looks cheesy, predictable and the final moment states that this movie is a total destruction.
The characters looks like they only be there for the paychecks. Mark Wahlberg looks hopeless, clueless but somehow be able to pull out The Excalibur. Ha, you know this is a mess now. Laura Haddock tries her best to look smart as a Ph.D degree holder from Oxford but somehow finally falls into Wahlberg’s arms. Their trying to render C3-PO and R2-D2-look-alike characters is also failed, though Sqweeks is bearable and Cogman’s interaction with Anthony Hopkins is probably the best scenes of this movie, and one of the reason why I give this movie rating of 3.7. The other reason, is Anthony Hopkins himself. As an Emmy and Oscar winning actor, he doesn’t lose his charisma at all, and an actor with his caliber dominates the screen whenever he appears.
And the final reason why I still watch this movie is probably my crush over Optimus Prime. Haha. Oh and if you think that this franchise needs to be shut down immediately, you’re wrong. They’re going to make the sixth installment.