You would think there truly was something that was more than meets the eye with the way Anthony Hopkins was talking about the latest film in the Transformers series, The Last Knight. I couldn’t believe my eyes when he was calling Michael Bay a genius savant based off of this movie. I mean, I’m normally the guy giving praise to typically hated people and films, but Anthony Hopkins? Genius savant is huge praise…so, now the film has some more to live up to than it did before. Is Michael Bay a genius savant? Will The Last Knight make a believer out of all of us? Let’s get into it.
“Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager, Bumblebee, an English Lord, and an Oxford Professor.” (IMDb)
So, is Michael Bay now the Da Vinci of our time? Hardly. I didn’t really see anything in this film that really felt different than the other films, other than turning the story of King Arthur into a Transformers thing. Anthony Hopkins, you are often a memorable actor in pretty much anything you do, but your real life persona confuses me. In fact, this film ties with the last one in my ratings to be the worst film in the series. Yes, I still prefer good ol’ Witwicky. Actually, the one thing that really intrigued me about this film was how the advertising really pushed the image of an evil Optimus Prime as one of the main storylines…and you really don’t see a lot of that at all. You see like 10 minutes towards the end…so that actually equate to some false advertisement.
These are all just first impressions. Let’s go ahead and break down Transformers: The Last Knight to interpret the stars.
PEOPLE SCORE – 5/10
Acting – 1|Characters – 1|Casting – 1|Importance – 1|Chemistry – 1
First up, we have the people category, starting off with the subcategory of acting. The acting was neither terrible or great, mostly typical and forgettable. The characters were fine, but I won’t be remembering them forever. I think everyone did a fine job in the role, but that doesn’t mean they were the only actor for the job. In this film, there were characters that certainly held independent importance and purpose, but not enough. The main characters basically held the importance while everyone else sorta of blended together. As far as the chemistry goes in this film, there wasn’t much of it. While it was fine, no one really cares about the relationships in this film.
WRITING SCORE – 2/10
Dialogue – 1|Balanced – 0|Story – 0|Originality – 0|Interesting – 1
Next up, we have the writing category, starting off with the dialogue subcategory…which was as unremarkable and forgettable as the meal you had last Tuesday afternoon. Talk about a busy film. This is basically as over-convoluted as you can get from a film. That means it’s either got too many locations, storylines, characters, or a combination of those things, which this film definitely has. So, how was the story? To that, I say what story? Say what you will about the film, it simply has no meaningful story that really warrants a viewing. Talk about an unoriginal film, too. Not only does it ‘feel’ like we’ve seen it before, I’m pretty sure we have at this point…and multiple times, at that. I’d say I was interested enough to watch the film, but as I watched the movie, my interested died down pretty rapidly and was gone before the film ended.
BTS SCORE – 7/10
Visuals – 2|Directing – 1|Editing – 2|Advertisement – 1|Music – 1
Next up, we’re taking a look behind-the-scenes, starting with the visuals, and the visuals were pretty darn great here. Somebody knew what they were doing, as usual. Next, we’re taking a look at the directing, which slips by without you noticing it. That’s right, there wasn’t anything difficult or challenging for the director. Sorry, Michael. The editing was pretty darn impressive in this film, but that’s too be expected with a lot of CGI for someone to work with and seem fluid when it comes to all the action. When it comes to the advertisement, you might expect the film to be slightly different than what it is, but it’s not something terrible…just different. There wasn’t anything fancy or memorable about the music. It was basically as good as it needed to be in order to keep the tone in place…and that’s what they did here, as well.
NARRATIVE ARC SCORE – 7/10
Introduction – 1|Inciting Incident – 1|Obstacles – 2|Climax – 2|Falling Action – 1
Next up, we’re taking a look at the narrative arc category, quite possibly the easiest category to score highly in, but that’s not what we get…at least not for the introduction, which was mostly rushed. Once that’s over, we don’t get as good of an idea as we should about the characters, the world they live in, or what’s truly going on…at least not as much as they could. How about the inciting incident? It was okay, I’ll put it that way. It wasn’t really all that clear because you never really feel like there is a ‘never going back’ moment, but it is what it is. How were the obstacles? Totally fine. There were plenty of clear obstacles in the way, just as you’d come to expect. How was the climax? The climax was perfect. It felt like a perfect culmination of everything else put together, just as it should. Alright, so how was the falling action? Well, it started to calm things down a little bit, but other than that, not the best. You never get the sensation that they are returning to a new norm, just the same as usual, so it’s not a complete falling action.
ENTERTAINMENT SCORE – 2/10
Rewatchability – 1|Fun – 1|Impulse/Buy – 0|Impusle/Talk – 0|Sucks Audience IN – 0
Okay, so was this movie as entertaining as it wanted to be? Let’s get into that. As far as rewatchability is considered, I don’t know. I might watch it again if I was in the mood, but I don’t see myself looking for the film anytime soon. Did I have fun while watching it, at least? To a degree, yeah, but that really just had to come down to a few scenes here and there, not the entire film. Do I have any impulse to buy it? No way, Jose! What about talking to somebody about the film that hasn’t heard of it? I really have no impulse to tell anybody about it, honestly. Does this suck you in, though? No, not really. If anything, it has more opportunities to push you out than suck you in.
SPECIALTY SCORE – 40/50
Franchise – 10|Sequel – 5|Action – 10|Sci-Fi – 5|Halfway Decent – 10
We now move onto the specialty questions that I wrote before seeing the film. First of all, how does it fit into this world that the franchise has built for itself. For this, I’ll simply say full points because they definitely know what they want the movie to look and feel like by now, that’s for sure. However, when it comes to the sequel question, I highly doubt there’s really much to add to this series now. Actually, I think that’s probably been true for a while. It can either stay stagnant for a while or start to drop, half points for sequel. How about the action? As usual, it never shys away from any action, full points there. How was the sci-fi? Well, other than the typical explanation of alien robots, and some travel in space, it’s still not what I consider true sci-fi until they use and explain scientific things that isn’t true in real life but feels real while watching. Was it halfway decent? I’ll give in and at least say yes for that. It is exactly how the director intended.