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Transformers: The Last Knight is the follow up to 2014's Age of Extinction and unfortunately it doesn't fair much better. T5 outshines its predecessor one one way or another, but ultimately you're going to get about the same experience here.
Now I'll be the first to admit, this film did have its funny moments. I'd even go so far as to say it's the funniest of the franchise. Anthony Hopkins character had me laughing out loud occasionally as did some of the other characters. But as with most Michael Bay films, the movie had no idea what it wanted, tonally speaking. Comedic moments were poorly sewn into dramatic scenes causing a complete juxtaposition of mood making for some really awkward moments. Nearly every single time Bay would build up an epic moment, a character would toss a random pun in the mix and bring the whole scene to its knees. It just didn't make any sense. It's like the movie never knew when to take itself seriously until it took itself TOO seriously.
As far as visuals go, the film was nearly identical to AoE. That being said, Michael Bay must have no idea what aspect ratio is. He apparently thought it'd be a good idea to use different cameras while filming the same scenes and the final product is definitely jarring. If you somehow manage not to catch it then it's a non-issue, but once you catch those black bars appearing and disappearing at the top of your screen, it's hard to un-see.
I not going to talk much about the story very much because there's really no point. It's an overly convoluted, nonsensical mess of a narrative with unnecessary side-plots and pointless characters. A solid 30 minutes could've been trimmed and the final film would've honestly been better. At this point you should know what you're getting into with these movies. If you had fun with the last film, go check this one out. If not, then I'd give it a hard pass. Thanks for reading.