Review Roundup - Michael Bay's TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT

"He showed me some awesome concept art and explained how the story connects the history of Transformers all the way back to the times of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table".

The latest in the series, "Transformers: The Last Knight", is reportedly the last time Michael Bay will direct the series. We definitely recommend that you see the movie for yourself!

For centuries they defended our world, but today, the alliance is over!

A Transformer dragon? What's next? In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Bad dialogue, a plot with no direction and slapping cultural stereotypes on his robots have always been staples of Bay's work, but this concept of stealing ideas from other others movies is a new evolution for the director. The slight pauses in action where the characters spend time with each other prove the movie had potential, but it was thoroughly wasted.

These movies aren't about the actors in any real way, but, for what it's worth, Walberg and Haddock share a nice, sexually charged chemistry as their very-available characters try to save the world. Everything pretty much makes sense. Bay decides to toss logic out the window, with unexplained set pieces used to resolve matters. The idea of the Transformers as fugitives on the run could have been a darker and more serious take on the bots, but Bay goes all Bay inserting his brand of humor and stupid into the project.

It's silly that I'm complaining.

The fifth "Transformers" movie shows the primordial relationship of Cybertron, home planet of the Transformers and Earth. I should know better by now. Well, Anthony Hopkins sure does. But if the first film out the gate from the new brain-trust is any indication of what is to come, then it's sadly a case of too many cooks. It's such a change of pace for him, and when he's onscreen, the movie is watchable.

Paramount and Hasbro's Transformers: The Last Knight launched Tuesday night with $5.5 million in previews at the North American box office before playing everywhere today.

And the incredibly talented Hopkins, most recently of HBO's "Westworld", classes up the joint, but even that great actor is not capable of the amount of joint-classing needed here.

X-23Rey Izabella (Isabela Moner, yup, they couldn't even come up with a name for her, so they just changed a letter).

The rest of the Autobots and Decepticons lurk around menacingly, while fan favorite Hot Rod finally makes his debut, though in a terribly freaky version that bears no resemblance to his cartoon roots.

You should look elsewhere for detailed breakdown of the plot of "The Last Knight, so much that it has one". When you do, you get punched. The movie is set to open in 42 foreign territories this weekend, including major markets like China, Australia, and Russian Federation, and will likely overtake The Mummy for the number one spot at the worldwide box office.

  • Leroy Wright