Transformers: The Last Knight is the worst, or best, movie to finish up the viewer-voted Screen Junkies Honest Trailers of 2017, and it's now even clearer than before that Michael Bay is bored of Transformers movies.
Transformers: The Last Knight was, to many, the scourge of the blockbusters this past summer, currently sitting at a dismal 16% on Rotten Tomatoes. As the fifth film in an over-bloated franchise, at this point it's no wonder that Bay is exhausted. We all are, especially the folk writing all of these Honest Trailers. They've tried to make a little bit of sense from the convoluted plot for The Last Knight, but even they lose it most of the way through. Honestly, with everything going on in these films, it's amazing that anyone can make any sense of them.
Citing all the shoehorned characters, the "mild to moderate racism", unexplained character revivals, and the awkward inclusion of Anthony Hopkins, Screen Junkies has likened The Last Knight (in a pretty impressive quote pulled from Macbeth) to a Shakespearean tale, "in that it's told by an idiot full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." They even compare the action, quite brilliantly, to "two Radio Shacks do Karma Sutra in a hurricane."
Screen Junkies has been running this viewer-voted series of Honest Trailers from films of 2017 all month long. Thus far, it has included such films as the Oscar-nominated animated movie The Boss Baby, Darren Aronofsky's controversial arthouse flick mother!, the box office record-setting Stephen King adaptation IT, and Jordan Peele's Best Picture nominated horror film Get Out. Transformers: The Last Knight is easily the most widely derided of these 2017 film releases, so it makes sense that it would be the number one choice for Screen Junkies' fans.
Transformers: The Last Knight is thankfully Michael Bay's last Transformers film, so hopefully any new talent coming in will bring a fresh set of eyes, as well as a fresh new energy to an over-tired and confusing existing franchise. The first post-Bay Transformers movie is scheduled to reach theaters this December, in the form of the spinoff Bumblebee. The movie is being directed by Kubo and the Two Strings helmsman Travis Knight and stars Oscar-nominee Hailee Steinfeld (as well as John Cena, of all people), and is expected to serve as a step in the right direction for the franchise at large. Failing that, it's difficult to imagine Bumblee turning out worse than The Last Knight did.
Source: Screen Junkies
- Bumblebee (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018