Transformers loses charm, gets complex

Monday June 26, 2017 Written by Published in Entertainment
A still from the movie Transformers: The Last Knight which is now screening at the Empire Cinema. 17062304 A still from the movie Transformers: The Last Knight which is now screening at the Empire Cinema. 17062304

I muttered to my mate that I may not have to write a review after seeing the bumper crowd at the premiere of the latest Transformers movie on Thursday.

 

Such is the phenomenon of a franchise of this magnitude.

But after a few yawns and several glances at my watch during the two hours 20 minutes show, which alternated with its fair share of brilliance and disappointments, I thought a decent piece would do some justice.

Transformers: The Last Knight goes back in time, documenting the history of Transformers on Earth which dates back to the days of King Arthur.

In the present day, humans are still at war with the Transformers, and Optimus Prime is gone.

But the danger is not over yet as a new enemy evolves, threatening the existence of humanity.

The key to saving the future lies buried in the secrets of the past. And unlocking that secret lies with a struggling investor Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), Bumblebee, a young Autobot scout and Optimus Prime’s second in command, an English lord (Anthony Hopkins) and an Oxford professor (Laura Haddock).

Transformers: The Last Knight is not as grand as it may sound. Infact, it’s quite complex, ridiculous at some point and get tedious with time.

Even diehard Transformers fans, at least there is one I know, finds the story hard to grasp. I was pretty confused at times.

When this phenomenon was brought to live cinema in 2007, it made sense.

There were two races of robots, the good Autobots and the villainous Decepticons, who bring their war to Earth.

Their battle puts the fate of humanity at stake, and then comes Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) who saves the day with the help of good Autobots.

Now four instalments later, while the franchise is getting better with its graphical content and cast, the plot is getting too smart for ordinary cinemagoers to comprehend.

Stories are the soul of movies, and in Transformers, it’s quite distorted. It puts the franchise which has so far grossed over $4 billion at the box office, into an ambiguous situation.

Director Michael Bay, who is known for directing and producing big-budget action films with stylistic visuals and extensive use of special effects, doesn’t shy away from implanting them in Transformers: The Last Knight.

The use of extensive special effects incorporated with some jaw dropping visuals are appeasing and a true representation of the franchise.

Transformers is a science action film which delves into relationship between humans and robots (both good and bad). So the clever use of special effects goes a long way in making this affiliation seem realistic and engaging.

Transformers: The Last Knight gets off to a brilliant start but soon loses its appeal and starts to, as a character says in the movie, “sting like a bee”.

The extensive use of jargonised exchange between characters (dialogues) make it quite boring but the action keeps the show alive.

Transformers: The Last Knight maybe one of the worst in this franchise, but it’s still somewhat better than The Mummy and probably, Baywatch.

But whatever I say probably doesn’t matter. I know you will still go and watch it, anyway.

That’s the power of a franchise of such calibre.

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