I loved the Transformers cartoon when I was a kid, but the Michael Bay directed movies get no love from me. The first film was probably the best of the series, released a decade ago, and that one bugs me a lot, and it was all downhill from there. It took me a few tries to watch the second movie and the third… I really don’t remember what happens in that one at all.
The fourth movie actually saw an uptick in quality, and hinted at better things to come even though there was a lot in it that for me to utterly hate in it. Up until now, the trailers for Transformers: The Last Knight have been looking pretty good, and now Paramount has released their final trailer for the movie:
There’s still stuff in this trailer that is quintessential Michael Bay, like dressing Laura Haddock in a sexy librarian costume because she’s a professor, and the fact that everything seems to take place either at dawn or dusk. Also: Everything explodes.
That said, the final trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight feels like the first film, which isn’t following the same formula of the last four movies exactly. There’s a sense of something different, and pushing the story further rather than retreading what came before. It feels smarter with actual stakes. All of this I attribute to the Transformers writing room led by Akiva Goldsman, who is steering the ship rather than Bay — I think this will prove that Bay was given too much control over the franchise. However, Bay recently said (via MTV) there are ideas for 14 future Transformers movies and spinoffs.
We also seem to get a few answers to certain things, like where Mark Walberg’s daughter is (it hints that she died off screen), and how Optimus Prime gets brainwashed. I’m still expecting that there will be things I hate in Transformers: The Last Knight, but this finally seems to be a step in the right direction for the franchise.
Transformers: The Last Knight will premiere in theaters on June 23, 2017. Here’s the official synopsis:
When all seems lost, a few brave souls can save everything we’ve ever known. The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock). There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.