I attended an advance screening of Transformers: The Last Knight ahead of its Australian release. Before I go any further, I must point something out. I have never been a fan of the franchise. I only became interested in this latest instalment – the fifth in the series based on the popular Hasbro toys – when it was announced that Santiago Cabrera (who, as Aramis, was my favourite musketeer in BBC’s The Musketeers series) had been cast in the movie. I have seen the earlier movies and always felt each one could benefit from shaving off at least an hour off the screen time.
Putting aside the notion of cars that transform into super strong robots from another planet fighting some other super strong robots that have all somehow ended on Earth, The Last Knight drags one of the most-loved and popular mythologies of King Arthur and his faithful Knights into its apocalyptic battle. If you’re already a fan of the Transformers franchise, you will find everything oh-so-familiar: LOUD explosions, HUGE battles between the robots, lots of fast cars that might make Vin Diesel a tiny bit envious, the US Army trying to outgun the machines (at this point, I am not even sure if the military are the good guys or the bad guys anymore), female characters that are worse than the worst cliched character you have ever seen, and a human hero who could have won the battle on his own. Continue reading