Parents' Guide to

Transformers: The Last Knight

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Unsatisfying sequel is big on explosions, short on all else.

Movie PG-13 2017 148 minutes
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for teens but I like it
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Its a guilty pleasure film

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (37):
Kids say (60):

Director Michael Bay's latest big-budget Transformers sequel is unnecessary, unintelligible, and unsatisfying unless your only expectation is more explosions and battles. Transformers: The Last Knight totally wastes the considerable talent of Academy Award winner Hopkins, who's reduced to a stereotype of a rich English lord who bosses around his persnickety robot butler, Cogman (aptly voiced by Jim Carter of Downton Abbey), and must inform others about his secret society. Plus, the dialog is insipid (much is made of Sir Edmund saying "dude"), and the plot is simultaneously confusing and uninteresting. Even the addition of Izabella (Isabela Moner), a new orphan character, fizzles; she starts off with potential but ultimately has little to do other than make iffy decisions and stand in as a spunky kid for Cade to add to his family.

Viewers familiar with Bay's movies know what to expect, but this is still a disappointment. The best part of these movies has always been the Transformers themselves, and this installment veers in favor of far too much (poorly written) human interaction instead. Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen) isn't even able to save things because he's evil for most of the story. Given everything that's wrong with this Transformers installment, there is a small silver lining -- at two and a half hours, it's 15 minutes shorter than Transformers: Age of Extinction. But that still makes it nearly 45 minutes too long. The cringe-inducing, eye-rolling worst part is that, as the end makes clear, this isn't even the end of the Transformers movies.

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