Transformers: The Last Knight 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review
After suffering through TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, I promised myself I wouldn’t torture myself with another Transformers movie. But here I am again with TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, which has all of the problems of the first four films compounded again with a handful of new problems. It’s clear at this point no one is even trying to make a coherent film and it feels like Paramount just gave Michael Bay a blank check and told him to do whatever he wants. The result is an incoherent mess of a movie that somehow manages to be boring despite featuring giant robots fighting each other.
We pick up with Cade Yeager (Wahlberg) who has turned into some sort of Transformer savior as he runs around the country looking for Transformers he can put back together. While searching for Transformers in the ruins of Chicago, he’s given a medallion by a dying Transformer. That medallion is special and it turns out the Decepticons also want it and they attack Cade, Bumblebee, Hound and others as they’re hiding out in South Dakota. This leads our heroes to England, where they get the help of Edmond (Hopkins). Edmond is a sworn protector of Merlin’s staff (yes, this is painful for me too), which turns out is the key to saving or destroying the world. Meanwhile, we don’t see Optimus Prime much for about 2 hours as he’s getting brainwashed by the big bad, Quintessa. That lasts about five minutes until Optimus snaps out of it.
There are a few moments in TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT where I was honestly not sure what was going on or what the characters were supposed to be doing. We get introduced to a few different military types, but we don’t really know who is “good” and who is “bad” or why they’re even fighting. The Decepticons are almost non-existent and so much of the film is spent with Quintessa brainwashing Optimus, only to see that completely abandoned within minutes of him returning to earth. If the robot characters weren’t bad enough, the human characters have no rhyme or reason for why they’re together. Laura Haddock is the new Megan Fox and they justify her involvement as her being the last descendant of Merlin and the only one that can wield the magic staff. But truth be told, she’s there because she’s strikingly beautiful and looks great in a tight dress. Keep in mind, this is a Michael Bay film and the only thing he likes more than loud explosions is a model in a skimpy outfit.
Once you get past the eye-rolling plot and how incoherent each plot point connects to the other, you’re left with robots fighting robots. On some level, Michael Bay delivers here, but even when the action got going, I found myself bored and struggling to keep up with who was fighting whom. It also felt like a lot of destruction just for destruction’s sake. That might be semantics with a film like this, but if you’re going to destroy cities and cause carnage, there should at least be some entertainment value associated with it. Here, the carnage felt like overkill.
The Transformers series has needed a boost of creativity for a few films now, but Paramount keeps going back to Michael Bay. I’ve been a Bay apologizer for a while, but he has officially destroyed the Transformers franchise. I like him and would love to see him do more movies like PAIN & GAIN or 13 HOURS, but I can’t stomach another Michael Bay directed Transformers movie.
4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW
Video: Visually speaking, the movie is pretty stunning, even considering this is a 2K upscale. I feel like Michael Bay’s films are tailor made for 4K given his “shiny” way of filming scenes and use of bright lights. I was a little concerned the 4K would make the film look fake, but that wasn’t the case and the HDR actually made the Transformers look more lifelike since we had more detail and color depth to them. Settings and backgrounds got a boost as well and overall, this is a great looking 4K. For those with Dolby Vision capability, it does feature Dolby Vision.
Audio: If you’re looking for a reference quality audio soundtrack to show off your new speakers, you may have found it with TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT. The Dolby Atmos track is body-jarring with how intense it is.
This title was reviewed using a Samsung UBD-K8500 with a Sony XBR75X850C TV.
The 4K UHD does not contain any exclusive features, but it does include a Blu-ray of the film, which includes the following special features:
Featurettes (1:27:30): There are seven featurettes included on the disc and I’m lumping them all together because they all basically cover the same thing. They look at the new Transformers featured in the film, the settings, the connections to ancient mythology and some making-of shots.