July 8, 2020
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Take everything that Michael Bay has ever done and mash it up into one kickass movie. Seriously, this was the most fun I’ve had watching Transformers since Megan Fox was a thing. Oh yeah and there’s Dinobots, Giant Sky Beams, Spaceships, Knights, Secret Societies, Conspiracies, Government Task Forces, Contamination Zones, NASA, Dragons, King Arthur, Lancelot, Merlin, Anthony Hopkins, and a mini suicide squad movie tied right in it. That’s not to mention new Autobots, old Decepticons, Mini-dino babies, a ripoff stranger things group of kids, Stonehenge, the Borg queen, mystery horns, and the enchantress from suicide squad as well! Oh yeah and Mark Wahlberg fights with a robot butler on a submarine which takes us to a plot that’s very similar to Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales too. So there’s like four movies in one here.

Now Transformers gets a lot of flack for not having good stories, but this was a big attempt to push the envelope and expand the world of Transformers a little bit and while most of the things that Bay introduced in this movie have little to no explanation nobody ever said Transformers was deep-thinking sci-fi. Come to see evil Optimus Prime. Oh wait, did I forgot to mention that sub-plot before?…

The franchises that The Last Knight combines are obviously the two that I have mentioned before. Pirates, and Suicide Squad play heavily here.  The Decepticon sub-plot heavily relies on Suicide Squad while the Mark Walhberg subplot is almost identical to Dead Men Tell No Tales. The battle in the air reminded me of Independence Day too and all that talk about secret societies protecting Transformers reminded me of the Mummy or the Da Vinci Code or National Treasure, or maybe all three of them combined! Not to mention that the whole ancient alien concept has been the origin story for Transformers and them using Stonehenge in the movie reminded me of the latest Indiana Jones movie. King Arthur rightfully has his own brand that’s been dwindling for centuries despite numerous attempts Hollywood has tried to resurrect the character. At least there weren’t any sharks, but they were in Pirates!

John J. Falco