Michael Bay and his Transformers films are perhaps the most divided movies of all time in terms of audience love/hate. It is hard to find anyone who will admit to liking the Transformers movies yet each one has made incredible amounts of money at the box office and on home video. I am in the love camp, I think there is plenty of room in the world for deep films and popcorn explosion flicks. And Transformers are definitely popcorn movies and they do it well. The newest entry, Transformers: The Last Knight, is one of the most different of the series and one of my favorites.
Mark Wahlberg returns to the franchise as Cade Yeager, who is now in hiding since new laws have been enacted making Transformers illegal since the battle in Hong Kong. But when the secret history of the Transformers on Earth is discovered to be the key to everyone’s future, a new war is on for the planet and the future of all species involved. Optimus Prime finds the remains of Cyberton and is told the only way to save his planet is a talisman that has been hidden on Earth since the time of King Arthur. Now it is a race against time to find the talisman that could save either Cybertron or Earth depending on who it ends up in the hands of.
The best thing about Transformers: The Last Knight is that it shakes things up in the series. With a fantastically fun opening sequence that takes place in medieval times with King Arthur and Merlin and their part in a previously unknown chapter of Transformers history on Earth to the present-day story with the return of Mark Wahlberg and the brilliant addition of Anthony Hopkins, Transformers: The Last Knight is all kinds of fun with huge action sequences, great set pieces and some laughs sprinkled in for good measure. And one of my favorite additions is of a human styled transformer envoy Cogman, perfectly voiced by Downton Abbey’s own Jim Carter. He is a great addition to the cast and gives lots of comedy relief as well as just being a cool robot. When all is said and done if you have never been a fan of the Transformers movies, stay clear, this one won’t change your mind. But if you are a fan, closet or not, there is plenty to love in Transformers: The Last Knight. Recommended.