Transformers: The Last Knight has finally rolled out, and as expected, director Michael Bay went out with a literal bang for his final project with the sci-fi action franchise.
The fifth installment of the live-action series lived up to expectations, which means it's a steaming pile of metal scraps. Not even the return of Mark Wahlberg (Cade Yeager) and the casting of Anthony Hopkins (Sir Edmund Burton) could save the film from being viciously panned by critics.
An unstable storyline, unnecessary characters, and an unyielding director are the perfect elements for the most ambitious (and possibly worst) Transformers movie ever. Name another director who could fill a two-and-a-half-hour production with senseless blockbuster humdrum. Yes, only the Bayhem has the ability of conjuring up such a film.
Not everything about the The Last Knight was bad, though. These things served as a saving grace for an otherwise epic fail of a movie.
The presence of some hot wheels
When you talk about Transformers, cool bots usually mean cool rides. At one point, we thought we were watching The Fast and the Furious 9 with the expensive car chases. Mercedes-AMG GT R (Drift), Lamborghini Centenario LP770-4 (Hot Rod), Aston Martin DB11 (Cogman), Chevrolet Camaro (Bumblebee)—you name it, they had it. The producers might want to cast Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in future installments.
Just when you thought the franchise was over Megan Fox, the female lead for the The Last Knight is a doppelganger of the 2008 Sexiest Woman. It didn't help that Izabella (Isabela Moner) ate up her screen time for no important reason, which made us feel that Viviane Wembly's character development and love story with Yeager was somewhat rushed. Nonetheless, the English actress was the only eye candy amid the visual chaos.
The humor (well, sort of)
If anything, the writers seemingly had a blast penning this beautiful disaster. The Star Wars references (Cogman) and Shia LaBeouf tribute were among the few bright spots in the script. Too bad we didn't understand the other jokes with all the crashing and banging. Except for that bit about Bumble Bee's voice box, the robot humor wasn't so amusing; we were too engrossed in the Transformers being giant machines. Maybe the movie is actually Bay playing a huge prank on all of us...
Campy as hell
With The Last Knight, Bay has officially embraced the hate. His reliance on tropes for the quintessential over-the-top mech apocalypse was blatant, with Optimus being the, well, prime example. For a main character that was supposed to be taken seriously, we cringed at his every messianic statement. And don't get us started with how the Decepticons were introduced and the luck of the protagonists in the face of death.
It's wildly unpredictable
True to form, parts of the story were senselessly thrown around, which made the plot look like one, big junkyard—and that's what actually makes it fairly watchable. People who were abunle to catch the past installments can still enjoy this one. You don't go in to see a Transformers movie expecting cinematic excellence. You see it to feel the thrill a hot mess can provide. And by his explosive standards, this might be Bay's greatest work yet.