TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT
Release Date: June 21, 2017
Director: Michael Bay
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock, Isabella Moner, Anthony Hopkins
Plot: Humans must work with the Autobots to find the item that has the power to destroy them all before the Decepticons get to it first
Clint Says: Don't even bother
If there is one interesting thing about this movie it is that I keep on assuming that the next TRANSFORMERS film can't possibly be as bad as the one before it, and yet I continue to be wrong. Michael Bay has sunk to a level of such horrible story telling and entertainment that, I'm guessing, even Hollywood executives are starting to have second thoughts as to whether they should give him a $250 million budget and a green light on his next venture. (Nah, I'm just kidding. Hollywood execs will always throw stupid amounts of money at Bay).
Literally, the only good thing about this movie are the effects. The story is almost non-existent, and what story that is there is ridiculous. The acting is terrible. (It pains me to say this, but Sir Anthony Hopkins needs to hang it up. His last two roles have been astonishingly bad). The writing is cringe-worthy. And the movie is 2 1/2 hours long. Thankfully it only feels like 4 hours long.
Even 14 year old boys are going to walk out of this movie saying it was just okay. And we all know that the average 14 year old boy has a negative brain cell count.
I really hate the fact that this film will, most likely, be nominated for an effects Oscar. Michael Bay and his cronies have no business even being mentioned with the likes of the writers and directors that make all-around good films. This guy takes a $250 million budget and spends about $240 million of it on the effects, and spends the other $10 million campaigning for an Oscar. (This is a completely false statement, but you get my point). To Bay, things like plot holes, bad acting, or stupid writing are no big deal as long as the explosions are huge and the effects look incredible.
To sum up this craptastic tragedy in one line: GREAT BIG AMAZING EFFECTS, itty-bitty plot.
Also, stop teasing us by using words like "last" or "final" in the title then setting up yet another sequel at the end of the movie. It may be more disappointing to know that another one of these might be coming, than having just sat through one. (Yes, there is another one coming in 2018...it's the story of Bumblebee).