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original title: Transformers: The Last Knight
duration: 2h 34min
tags: They have been here forever.
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Mark Wahlberg, who is a tremendous actor, was just not right for the part. The Transformers series is first and foremost a franchise for kids, based off a toy line for kids, thus having the main character being a grown man instead of an adolescent lessens the emotional connection with the major targeted audience. The reason why I think the first three are way more enjoyable than this one and the fourth one is because Sam Witwicky, a teenager was the main character of the movies. Even if the plots were thin, we could still follow the young protagonist's journey and watch his growth from a boy to a man. With Wahlberg's character of Cade Yeager, he is already a man, a middle-aged one with a daughter at that. Instead of continuing Sam's story from high school to college and beyond, we get a stereotypical muscled action hero that just does not fit in with a series that started off as just a story about a boy and his first car.
The best character in these movies to me has always been Optimus Prime, and even though he is never featured as much as the humans in any of them, this movie was just egregious about his absence. Optimus is probably in the movie for about 15 minutes out of its extremely bloated running time. It is not a coincidence the movie reaches its most exciting whenever Prime is on screen, and it could have used more of him, instead of constantly cutting back to subplots the audience could not care less about. Once again we get a military subplot, with generals and lieutenant characters that really do not add anything except making certain scenes sound more important as they spew pseudo- complex jargons. We also get a ton of cringey robots talking and behaving like human stereotypes and an annoying, douchebag science guy whom nobody likes or listens to. All the while I just wanted to see Optimus Prime with his heroics destroying robots in one take slow motion.
I cannot knock the film for its looks, because it is really gorgeous to look at. The CGI and cinematography are both top-notch. Michael Bay can direct the hell out of an action scene and make nearly anything on camera beautiful. However, being beautiful to look at it does not mean it is exciting to watch, because the latter requires tension and good editing, something this movie does not have. To build tension, we first must understand the stakes, to have stakes we need to know and care about the characters, rooting them for them to succeed. The frantic pace of the film, jumping from scene to scene, means we never get a chance for quiet moments to develop the characters or give us a reason to care about them, outside of expositions.
The movie has the potential to be very good. It looks good, the actors do try, and the musical score is awesome, so I believe a couple of tweaks here and there could have definitely fix this. One way in my opinion would be to make the little girl, Izabella the main character instead of Cade. As mentioned, it would provide the audience with a more innocent, sympathetic lens to this world of violent robots and destruction. Isabela Moner who plays the girl was extremely impressive with all the moments she was in the film, so this would be one way to have more of her instead of Mark Wahlberg. If Marky Mark really is not returning for the sequel, I hope they do make Izabella the heroine for the sixth movie. Moner will be 18 by the time Transformers 6 comes out