The first Transformers film was a pleasure to watch, despite it being kind of dumb entertainment, it was a lot of fun. The sequels garnered more impressive box office as time went on, finally joining the billion dollar club with the 3rd film. But after the third movie, the domestic take sunk to new lows but worldwide, it was a huge hit, despite ever growing fan and critical backlash. The Last Knight was the first true underperforming Transformers film, with the worst take of the series, foreign and domestic. Was it really worthy of it's tepid response or is it a hidden gem?
The film starts in King Arthur's time, with Transformers on Earth (dubbed the Knights of Iacon) being approached by Merlin to help King Arthur win a losing battle. They win, hand Merlin an alien staff, and warn of a dark force that will look for it. Moving to modern day, a year after the events of Age of Extinction, the TRF are after the remaining bots who are considered enemies of the majority of people, with Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) hiding a few in his junkyard. Meanwhile, Optimus Prime returns to Cybertron to meet his Creator and is brainwashed to find the alien staff to absorb Earth's power to restore power to Cybertron. But, back on Earth, mysterious horns start erupting from the Earth's crust, which the planet is a dormant bot named Unicron, who is regaining it's power, and is an enemy to Cybertron (this is already making me drop IQ points describing the film). The forces of fate converge, which created major mayhem and destruction for 2 hours and 35 minutes at various points around the world and on Cybertron. Overlong, over-plotted, rather poorly acted despite some talent amongst the cast, and extremely fast editing make this probably one of the worst Transformer films of them all, but then again, you can say that about all the films past number 1. It looks great, with some snazzy CGI, slick cinematography, and really good production values overall, but beyond being demo material for the picture and sound (more on that in a minute) it's a complete trash heap that deserves staying in the scrap yard to rust for all eternity. Luckily, the picture quality is better than rust, with the picture being sharp as a tack for the standard Bluray disc and the 3D version certainly the way to go, in my honest, humble opinion. The 3D (Largely shot on IMAX 3D cameras, with some scenes, and even shots being shot on film or standard digital equipment) retains the colors and sharpness of the picture, while adding some impressive depth and plenty of pop-out moments that will be on your demo pile, for at least a few years (Due note that the aspect ratio does change throughout). The Dolby Atmos sound is also demo worthy, with plenty of bass, punch and intensity to knock the house of the block, with normal dialogue scenes even sounding amazingly layered. The extras are also plentiful, though the lack of a commentary by Michael Bay is a disappointment (He hadn't recorded a commentary since Transformers 2 sadly), but the making-of documentaries are plentiful and are on it's own Bluray. Six featurette, amounting to over 90 minutes of behind the scenes look at the "Bay-hem", offering nice looks at behind the scenes footage, looking at locations, learning about the characters and CGI and more, but this package seems the least of all the films when it comes to extras. Still, there is plenty here to dig through for fans and film buffs alike. Overall, strong 3D, terrific PQ and AQ with generous extras and a digital copy is not enough to suffer 2 and a half hours of stupidity on a disc.