With the early reactions for Ghost In The Shell and the fifth Pirates Of The Caribbean movie Dead Men Tell No Tales defying expectations by ranging from good to great, it almost seemed like 2017's biggest blockbusters were all going to be more than meets the eye. That is, until roughly 15 minutes of Transformers: The Last Knight was shown at a special IMAX preview during this year's CinemaCon.
Michael Bay's latest effort to bring the famous robots in disguise back to the big screen didn't transform audience members expectations, but left them with a strong desire to roll out of the theater instead.
Last Knight, First Reactions
The first reactions to the preview hit Twitter, and they don't paint a pretty picture for Prime's turn to the dark side. The common consensus implies that #TheLastKnight has yet to learn from the mistakes of its predecessors.
Complaints regarding jarring tonal shifts, inappropriate comedy, confusing plots, and tiresome action scenes were brought up. These specific gripes have become synonymous with Bay's long-running take on the #Autobots and the #Decepticons.
At the very least, and just like every previous #Transformers entry, the visuals were outstanding.
The biggest issue some have with The Last Knight is the movie's seemingly empty and hypocritical feminist stance.
As revealed by the latest trailer, the fifth Transformers movie takes pride in its message of female empowerment. But given the franchise's history of pandering to a juvenile male audience, this noble effort rang hollow to some viewers.
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But on the more optimistic note, some viewers thought that The Last Knight was better than expected. As Bryan Bishop of The Verge said, what little he saw of The Last Knight was not only entertaining, but thankfully not as infuriating as he thought it would be.
"...despite all that madness, I could clearly understand the on-screen action from a visual perspective. I could grasp the basic character dynamics in play. And there was a character, Izzy, that I actually cared about. For a Transformers movie, those are epochal advances."
He went on to praise the movie's insanity that involves King Arthur, Nazis, Sir Anthony Hopkins, and the new central character, Izzy (Isabela Moner). As far as Bishop is concerned, The Last Knight is destined to be one of the most enjoyable Transformers movies to date.
"But yesterday at least, 'Transformers: The Last Knight' didn’t seem like the worst thing ever. In fact, what I saw looked like perhaps the least-worst Transformers since the very beginning."
Transforming For The Better
Sine it's first sequel, the Transformers movies have become critical punching bags and it seems that this is not going to change any time soon. Some say that director Michael Bay has overstayed his welcome and his involvement in the franchise is the reason for the continued downfall of the Transformers movies from a critical standpoint.
To change the pace of the adrenaline and testosterone fueled Transformers movies, Bay returned to the roots of the franchise by focusing on a young character. Izzy not only hearkens back to the early Transformers films headlined by Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf), but to the original animated shows where young people shared the screen with the Autobots and Decepticons.
Whether or not this gamble will pay off has yet to be seen, since Izzy's reveal in the latest trailer split the fanbase. While some praise her as a welcome breath of fresh air, others deride the franchise's misguided decision to focus on the humans instead of the robot war. Meanwhile, there are some who just don't want a female protagonist and "girl power" in their Transformers movie.
Watch the latest trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight below, where Izzy is revealed to be the newest character in the franchise.
Transformers: The Last Knight is expected to hit theaters in June of this year, and audiences will get to see the fifth entry into the endless war between Cybertron natives for themselves. By that time, the verdict for the over two hour film will finally be out, but from the 15-minute preview that was shown, it's not looking good for the Autobots and Decepticons.