Transformers: The Last Knight

Out Now On-Demand

Rethink your heroes.

The fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise, with director Michael Bay and star Mark Wahlberg returning.

Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).

This is not the worst Transformers film. Marky Mark's squawking isn't quite as annoying as Shia LaBeouf's, the female characters aren't ogled as lecherously as in previous films and the racial caricatures are dialed back somewhat too. But The Last Knight is a strong contender for the most nonsensical of all of Michael Bay's nonsensical robot alien movies, and is probably also the most boring.

It's wildly overstuffed, but the basics are Merlin's staff and King Arthur's medallion are needed to stop the god of Cybertron from getting that planet to eat Earth and wipe out all life on it. Then there's several superfluous subplots involving countless unnecessary characters, all adding up to a punishing two and a half hours.

It's a special sort of hate I have for these films. All of them. The first one sucked, I don't care who says it didn't. They're so aggressively obnoxious; not works of low quality but works of anti-quality. Of the sequels, I vaguely remember a climactic fight on the Pyramids and another in a falling building. I shan't remember The Last Knight's, even though it's the most bearable part of the whole ghastly experience. It seems to start at Stonehenge then jumps to some huge submarine alien structure, before jumping again to Cybertron... I think. I honestly can't be sure what planet the end of the film takes place on.

There's one sequence in that climactic battle that probably lasts less than a minute showing Optimus Prime wasting some baddies with his sword. It looks pretty sweet. It's the one brief moment of enjoyable action in this entire mess, which has barely a trace of any wit, charm or fun of any sort. And yet, it'll make millions upon millions. Cool world.

New York Times


If for some reason the drawn-out and incoherent battle scenes are what you liked about the earlier films, the climactic one here is still both of those things. The movie is shorter than the last one, though, and considerably more bearable.

FilmInk (Australia)


The Last Knight leaves behind recent large-scale failures like they were standing still, gasping in its dust, while it pops a wheelie and its horn plays a dubstep remix of "La Cucuracha".

Total Film (UK)


By now you know exactly what to expect from a Transformers film: undeniably epic action spectacle at the cost of character, logic or genuine drama. Predictably formulaic.

Empire (UK)


Bay's genuine determination to give you a good time still doesn't result in fun. Overlong, overstuffed and soulless, for fans who grew up with Optimus and Co, The Last Knight will sting like a bee.

The Guardian (UK)


Transformers: The Last Knight comes in at 149 minutes, and each of those minutes lasts as long as the reign of Charlemagne.

Los Angeles Times


Bay's visual sensibility has, if anything, matured, to the point of demanding and earning your exasperated surrender. He has a peerless command of the imaginative excesses of the Hollywood blockbuster.

Variety (USA)


For the first time, the messy hyperactive form and nihilistic crunched-metal content seem to reinforce each other.

Hollywood Reporter


Anyone capable of explaining the near-incomprehensible storyline deserves a prize of some sort. (Graeme Tuckett)


It seems to me that with The Last Knight, Bay has re-located the franchise's mojo. It's a fun watch. (Kate Rodger)


I love countless dumb action movies - but they've got to be entertaining, and Transformers: The Last Knight is anything but.

Avoid if possible

This is a movie for either small kids that the parents are ok with them seeing copious amounts of violence, bad language, worse acting, terrible scripting, drunkard editing and iq degradation...or....adults with severe retardation. I was a neuro-surgeon before this movie. My 6 year old daughter had to write this for me. She used several dictionaries and two days to do this. I will be buying her a pony and she can stay up as late as she wants from now on.