I'm going against the grain here - Transformers5 was pretty much dragged over the coals by critics when released this summer, receiving the worst ratings of the entire series. Subsequently, the movie kinda flopped at the box office.
Not surprising since the pop culture perception of the Transformers series is that they are mindless loud movies that bludgeon the audience into submission.
While this may be true with Revenge of the Fallen, I personally have found that the series has gotten better as it has progressed.
Well that sounds nuts right? How can part 5 better than part 1 or 2?
Well, I guess you can call me a Transformers fan, and not just a casual one. Each subsequent sequel has delved deeper and deeper into classic Transformers mythology and lore. To the casual viewer, this may be a confusing hodge-podge of whacky sci-fi ideas that stopped making sense since the first movie, but to a fan it's been the journey we've wanted... and now we're about to meet Unicron!
I'll just leave it at that... Unicron. Yeah fans, will know this is something to get excited about.
Aside from all that, the movie features a return of Mark Whalberg's character from the previous sequel, with the remaining Autobots and Dinobots (needs more Grimlock!), and also now has Anthony Hopkins. Is he slumming it in this? Probably, but it's a lot of fun.
The best part of this movie may be the fact that Michael Bay has actually found a way to reign in it.... he actually provides what can be considered by him.. subtlety. Now before we get ahead of ourselves, this simply means that Bay has given the action scenes a little more breathing room. While still featuring the best VFX Hollywood can provide, the action scenes feel bigger than ever before but also not as crammed in and maddeningly fast-paced. You actually get to sit back and behold and digest some really impressive epic grand scale sci fi visuals, particularly in the impressive climax.
It's hard to describe, but Bay has managed to make this movie bigger and more epic, yet also easier for the viewer to take it all in. He has shown signs of maturing as a director, albeit while making a movie series based on toys that attack other toys lol. So a little perspective here is needed, I am not comparing him to Orson Welles, but I also feel he has made the Transformers series his own personal vision and has finally refined it with The Last Knight. Too bad it's also his last entry in the series....
So while I get why most people crapped all over this movie, I also feel it's underrated and for true Transformer fans is a pretty satisfying and very epic chapter about our favourite robots from outer space.