I have a confession to make, “I don’t like Transformers
franchise”. It’s too CGI heavy for my taste, even the design of these giant
machine is messy and has lot going on for me to register. Conversations between
humans and transformers don’t help bring the right seriousness to the screen. Plot is also very confusing and sometimes
doesn’t make sense. But first one I saw in Pakistan during my university time
and I still remember the cinema hall clapped when the movie finished, second
one I saw in USA in my mid-twenties and audience again clapped when the movie
finished, now I am 32 and still Transformers5 got applause from the Audience in
UAE. So now after watching people in three different countries having the same
reaction to the franchise, I have started to believe that there is something
wrong with me. So, for this one I will try not to review it from my
Transformers: The Last Knight is simply exaggerated version
of the previous installments. I haven’t seen fourth installment so having Mark
Wahlberg was the only new element in this one for me but for those who have
already seen 4th I believe there is nothing new. All the elements
like, mind boggling CGI, a Victoria Secret model sort female lead, some weird
scientist stuff, some over the top Military operation, some irrelevant comedy,
giant slaying robots and an ancient monument (Stonehenge in this case), all are
Storyline is very simple and continues from the previous
installment, Humans no longer trust and are at war with the Transformers. Optimus
Prime is gone and in his absence, there is no leadership. Reborn Megatron
reappears and this time has plans to destroy Earth to save Cybertron (his
planet). The key to saving the future lies buried in the secrets of the past
and the hidden history of Transformers on Earth, which includes King Arthur,
his round table and three headed fire breathing flying steel dragon (yeah I
know last time it was T-Rex, as I said earlier every element is exaggerated). And
in between all this we have Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), an English lord
(Anthony Hopkins) and an Oxford professor (Laura Haddock) along with their
Autobots to save the world. Screen play is flawed but is so fast paced that it
doesn’t give audience any time to register any flaws. Despite of the fast pace
of the plot, movie is still very long and Film makers had all the room to
shorten it (I don’t want to get into spoilers otherwise I would have listed few
of the scenes here). Personally, by the end I was so confused with the storyline,
that I decided just to focus on the CGI heavy action climax sequence. Even
there I got confused, whether who is fighting with whom as there were just so
many entities involved like TRF, AutoBots, Decepticons, Hypnotized Optimus
Prime, Ancient transformers Knights etc. Still its not that bad as I have
Such movies live mostly on the CGIs, action sequences and
other production elements that very little scope is left for actors to shine.
Here is no difference, everyone has done a decent job and blends well with the
whole extravaganza. Anthony Hopkins though stands out; his screen presence and accurate
portrayal of an English lord is a delight to watch.
This film is an overall mixture of good and messy action
sequences. Some of them are so right and create an exciting IMAX experience.
Overall climax action sequence is divine especially the part where Bumblebee
and Optimus prime fight, it was like Captain America vs Iron Man moment for me.
Opening medieval war sequence was good too. But on the other hand, autoboot and
decepticon mid film showdown was ordinary and felt sort of unnecessary. Similarly
humor in this movie is also a mixture of funny and annoying moments. As I said
this movie could have been a lot more shorter and crisp.
One thing that I found commendable is Michael Bay’s command
over such a loud and heavy movie. This movie starts at a very high note with larger
than life opening war sequence and for next 149 minutes’ stays at the same high
note. Michael seem to have full control for these 149 minutes and the craft of
film making is at its finest. Me on the other hand was struggling to grasp what
was happening on the large IMAX screen as this movie is so rich in visual and
on screen CGI loaded content.
This is a summer formula and if you are a fan of the
franchise than you might not be disappointed, I go with 2 stars.
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I would like to thank Novo Cinema for always inviting me to
their awesome premiers. Transformer premier was well planned as well. To
maximize your experience, I will suggest you to head to Novo Cinemas Ibn
Batutah and watch it in IMAX.