Director Michael Bay is known for his over the top special effects and massive explosions, which is similar to attending a NASCAR race waiting for a crash to happen.

Bay’s latest film “Transformers: The Last Knight” is no different from his pervious work and sticks to his trademark style. And, while that style is at times entertaining, the approach is slowly becoming stale.

"Transformers: The Last Knight" takes the audience three years post “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” which was the latest film produced in the series. The war between the Autobots and the Decepticons continues on Earth (still) and humans watch as the battle rages (again).

Once viewed as allies by humanity, the transformers are now considered to be nothing more than hostile aliens set on destruction. Governments around the globe are working together to destroy the powerful robots living on the planet, but each day more robots arrive.

A few people still loyal to the Transformers have determined that looking into the past gives a chance for the two groups to have a future. This look back provides a plan of action that can be used to save the planet.

The last chapter of the “Transformers” franchise has a little more depth to its story than the other films, but that seems to be its greatest vulnerability. The length kills the forward momentum driven by the action and only serves to weight it down.

The film goes from high action scene with Autobots duking it out with Decepticons to weak points filled strictly with dialog. One such low point is a scene with Autobots ally Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) talking about his shortcomings as a father due to him living as a fugitive while supporting the Autobots leader, Optimist Prime.

Bay and his production staff needed to make additional cuts to tighten the movie up. Those cuts didn’t happen and have prevented “Transformers: The Last Knight” from becoming a great film. The potential to do that was left on the table, as the end product is only a good movie that shines but does not sparkle.

It leaves the audience wanting more.

Transformers: The Last Knight is a very entertaining film but, leaving the theater, it felt like so many action movies that I have seen over the years. There was nothing remarkable about it.

So, if you're looking for something will entertain you, “Transformers” does that to a degree with its great visuals and special effects that look in its element on a large screen. However, if you do miss seeing this movie, it is not a loss.

I give “Transformers: The Last Knight three mustaches out of five.

This film is rated PG-13 for violence and intense sequences of sci-fi action, language and some innuendo and runs 149 minutes.


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