‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Review: Make It Stop

Transformers: The Last Knight is a Transformers film. There have been five of these now, so you know what that means. Director Michael Bay has helmed all of them, so you know what you’re getting. The Last Knight holds no surprises. It is product, designed to sell toys, keep an IP chugging along, and allow Bay to play with a big budget. Consideration for the audience is secondary. It’s rare to see such active disdain for character and storytelling, but that’s what you get with a Transformers movie, and The Last Knight is no different. The question the film raises in so many ways is “Why?” And it’s not just a “Why?” pertaining to the numerous plotholes, shortcuts, character decisions, and everything else that takes place in The Last Knight . The question “Why?” emerges as to what purpose a Transformers movie serves in a blockbuster landscape that offers better stories, better direction, and better set pieces. Why should we endure Michael Bay’s Transformers movies when we can do so much better? The Last Knight surprisingly begins on a promising note as Bay gets to change it up a bit, relishing the opportunity to do a medieval battle scene […]

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