I am not a fan of the Transformers franchise. The first film felt like it had some possibility but the follow ups have been abysmal and the only positive thing I could say of the fourth outing is that it was better than parts two and three.
So now that I’ve hyped you up, Paramount has unleashed the teaser trailer for the fifth film Transformers: The Last Knight which you can watch here and below.
Right off the bat Anthony Hopkins’ voice has already elevated this film in my mind. He says something in the trailer which I think has bugged critics for a while with “one hundred billion trillion planets in the cosmos. You want to know don’t you? Why they keep coming here.”
This film also has much more going for it with a new writing staff led by Akiva Goldsman and it looks like they’re giving Optimus Prime an interesting story arc. What we know is that when Optimus left for the Transformer’s homeworld of Cybertron he found it dead planet and in order to bring it back, he’ll need to hunt down an Arthurian artifact.
We also see something that looks like it could be Unicron but I suspect that it could be Cybertron. We don’t know what the Transformers’ homeworld looks like and it seems to be a key part of this film. Having said that the horn in the desert is suspicious and reminds me of one of Unicron’s horns — could it be that his head was already severed from his body and located on Earth? It is possible but something keeps telling me that they’ll be saving Unicron for a sequel still.
Despite my better judgement, I’m looking forward to this film. I really hope that the writing can at least elevate it beyond what we’ve seen before as Michael Bay can sometimes stage some good action scenes. If this trailer is any indication that the series is finally growing up a bit then I may even be looking forward to the sequels. And as Lorenzo DiBonaventura revealed to i09 the next films are already in the works:
I think [six and seven] are probably the next conversation now that we really know where we’re headed. I think we have enough under our belt now to make that judgment. And we also designed the [writer’s] room that we can do standalone movies. So I think that’s always hard, to step away from an established sequence and go, ‘You know what? We’re just going to do a standalone movie.’ So in that sense, we’re still digesting that kind of process. Does Transformers 6 have to relate to the five before it? That’ll be an ongoing debate right through making it, I’m sure.’
Transformers: The Last Knight will premiere in theaters on June 23, 2017.