The Transformers film franchise is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year by releasing Transformers: The Last Knight, the fifth entry in the series. While the robot in disguise's big screen adventures have never been winners in the critical reaction department, commercially they've been enormously successful, and thus the conflict between these versions of the Autobots and the Decepticons continues. Now that the public will soon be able to watch The Last Knight in theaters, the reviews for the movie are trickling in. For those of you who have been hoping that The Last Knight is a vast improvement over the previous four installments, the overall consensus is that you'll probably be disappointed.
Starting off, we have CinemaBlend's own Dirk Libbey, who didn't mince words declaring his feelings about Transformers: The Last Knight, called it "incomprehensible gibberish" and saying that once again, this series places emphasis on visuals over good storytelling. Libbey finished his review with this:
Moving on, we go to Owen Gleiberman from Variety, who said that Transformers: The Last Knight is only slightly better than some of the earlier movies because it's the most brutal entry yet. He later said:
Next is Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter, who panned The Last Knight, but noted that bad reviews are unlikely to dissuade the hardcore Transformers fans from seeing the movie. In his words:
The Wrap's Alonso Duralde was slightly kinder to Transformers: The Last Knight, criticizing the story, but also commending some of its action sequences. Duralde summarized:
Gav Murphy from IGN took issue with the plot (seems to be a common complaint) and the inconsistency of the main characters' behavior. Murphy capped off his review saying:
Finally, Ariel Scotti over at New York Daily News was kinder to the movie, noting it does have strengths in action and its humor.
These are just some of the Transformers: The Last Knight reviews circulating, but it sounds like if you've enjoyed the other four Transformers movies, you'll get everything you want from this fifth installment. If you haven't been enjoying the series, you might want to spend your dollars on another movie, because The Last Knight is even more bombastic and loud than its predecessors.
Transformers: The Last Knight is kicking off theatrical screenings tonight. The franchise will continue with the Bumblebee spinoff on June 8, 2018, and Transformers 6 will be released on June 28, 2019.