Entertainment Hive 2017

Transformers: The Last Knight

Review by Honey B

Director: Michael Bay Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Laura Haddock, Isabela Moner Plot:  Humans are at war with the Transformers, and Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving the future lies buried in the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Now, it's up to the unlikely alliance of inventor Cade Yeager, Bumblebee, an English lord and an Oxford professor to save the world. Verdict: The latest Michael Bay Transformers flick is another over-the-top clash of the giant machines spectacle. Bay has raked in the money with his five heavy-hitting Transformers movies and it seems this will be Bay’s final outing for the blockbuster franchise. Mark Wahlberg as the series’ latest hero has also confirmed that this will be his last time in the role of Cade, who is now found living out the back of nowhere in a giant junkyard with the massive machines. Wahlberg was introduced to the series in 2014’s Age of Extinction and he’s continued to play a grounded, intelligent hand – which must be hard to do when Bay is throwing giant machines and fantastical storylines your way. This Transformers clocks in at two and a half hours long – maybe a bit longer – and it’s certainly pedal to the metal as the Autobots including Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen), Bumblebee (voiced by Erik Aadahl and Hound (voiced by John Goodman) go against the Decepticons and also their ultimate creator. This film actually starts out in the times of King Arthur. It turns out that Merlin has found an Autobot and he bestows a magical staff upon the drunken old wizard to help Arthur win a pivotal battle. This leads to an old prophecy about Earth and the Autobots’ planet which Wahlberg’s character must unravel with the help of British university professor Vivian Wembley (Laura Haddock). Haddock and Wahlberg work very well together and there is an ease about the pair as they take on this fantastical world – and there’s also a bit of smoulder. Rounding out the cast is Anthony Hopkins as an eccentric English lord who has kept many secrets and a feisty teenage runaway Izabella (Isabela Moner) who relates to the machines like family. There is no doubt that this is a fantastic popcorn flick which simply asks audiences to not think too much about the convoluted conspiracy-laden narrative path and just enjoy the ride. (Films are rated out of 5 stars)
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