Transformers: The Last Knight is everything you expect from a "summer block buster." Director Michael Bay won't be winning any awards for story telling, but in the latest Transformers movie you've got special effects in abundance and all in IMAX 3D. Isn't that one of the main reasons we go to a summer movie anyway? (The other reason is to get out of the hot sun and into a cool theater with a cool drink.)
This movie has more jokes and one-liners than the previous editions. The movie almost seems to be making fun of itself. The studio knows that we get the inside joke; which is, the Transformers series has made over a billion dollars and they have no plans to stop cranking them out. But hey if we buy the premise of giant robots that can transform into cars; it's not a huge leap of faith to buy into the premise that the Transformers have been around, at least, since The Dark Ages helping good win out over evil.
When the movie begins Merlin, played by Stanley Tucci, is riding his horse around the countryside looking for one of the Transformers (while he chugs down a bottle of wine) to give him some type of edge in battle for the English army. He gets a key and some robots (including a fire breathing dragon) that swings the battle in his favor.
Moving ahead a few hundred years, the humans are at war with the Transformers and Optimus Prime is no where to be found. John Turturro is back as the conspiracy expert in the U.S. Goverment and Mark Wahlberg is once again the leading man and the friend of the Transformers that the us military has no trust in.
Proceed now to the next 2 hours and 29 minutes of Autobots and Decepticons battling each other, and the U.S. Army, and you have this movie pretty much wrapped up in a nice little package with a bow on top. My biggest issue with the movie is that it is just too long. Bay could have lopped an hour of the run time and he still would have had the exact same movie.
The movie is rated PG-13 for some sci-fi violence. There's nothing in the movie that would prevent me from taking a young child to see it. On my "Hollywood Popcorn Scale" Transformers: The Last Knight rates a LARGE.