Tuesday, December 6, 2016


Howdy fellow film freaks, Robert here. The first trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight, the fifth outing of Michael Bay's ongoing take on everyone's favorite Robots in Disguise, has dropped, and I'm sure I speak for the minority when I say, "Yes, please." Check it out below.

They had me at Anthony Hopkins, to be honest with you. Like Morgan Freeman, Hopkins has one of those voices that can make anything sound better. Mark Wahlberg also has a role in this installment, which is just fine by me. I don't recognize any of the other people in this trailer, but I don't really care. I have never watched the Transformers for the humans. In my book, that's like watching the Super Bowl for the game.

There's not a whole lot of plot details in this trailer, which is to be expected. Optimus Prime is still dead, following the events of Age of Extinction, but you knew he wasn't going to stay that way. He's Optimus-frick'n-Prime, man! That said, if the end of the trailer is any indication, it looks like he's going to be a thorn in his former comrades collective side. I remember the "evil Optimus" storyline from the original cartoon back in the day, so I'm looking forward to this.

Now, about that elephant in the room. Yeah, this is the fifth movie in a series that doesn't get a lot of mainstream love. And I can't really blame anyone for assuming Michael Bay has an attitude about this project similar to that Butte Fockers gag from The Cleveland Show: "You keep payin' to see 'em, we'll keep fartin' 'em out." But I will keep going to see these, partly because I've got nothing against some popcorn fun, but primarily for a reason that can be summed up in one word, and that word is "Unicron".

I have been fascinated by the idea of Unicron ever since I saw the original (and objectively best) 1986 Transformers movie. And since the Transformers have been consistently given the lazy wannabe-anime look in the subsequent cartoons, I like Bay's efforts to make them look like actual machines. And so, whether it be in this or a future installment, I very much hope for a day when a Bay-tastic version of Unicron finally makes its appearance. That's why I put up with Shia LaBeouf, that's why I put up with Devastator's balls, and that's why I'll continue to support this series. It may not be "pure", but it's hardly the worst take on the Transformers out there.

Transformers: The Last Knight debuts on June 23, 2017.

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