For people who knows Michael Bay, they know that his name is synonymous with that of anything remotely related explosions or world grade annihilations or things that transform with a metallic auto-tune. The past four editions of the Transformers franchise have been just that with cameo appearance of a faint story-line. The first one had story, with the relationship between Bumble-bee and Sam Witwicky played by Shia LaBeouf. Then as the movies rolled out, the story line faded and the number of times Optimus Prime says “I am Optimus Prime” started to get on your nerves. The new movie hasn’t been much of a difference but in my personal opinion has a story line.
In this installment, they talk of an alternate timeline, where they say that Merlin’s magic is actually “alien” technology, and shows the transformers as people who helped him and his descendants protect the world order. In return the 12 knights give him a staff for safe keeping which Merlin encrypts with his own DNA and only his DNA could unlock this. Now to the timeline where Cade Yeager played by Mark Wahlberg, it is a society where the transformers, including the Autobots are being hunted down by the humans as they see them as a huge threat to the human race. Finally the franchise addressed the elephant in the room, as to why this happens only on earth, of all the planets in the universe. Anyway, Optimus left earth to find and kill his maker to put an end to all this. On earth the Autobots are in hiding and then new characters surface such as Sir Edmund Burton (Anthony Hopkins), Vivian (Laura Haddock) and some familiar faces from the previous editions like Colonel William Lennox (Josh Duhamel), Agent Simmons (John Torturro) and a picture of Shia.
In the movie, when Quintessa meets Optimus, she tunrs him into Nemesis Prime, which could have lead upto something more than just a fight between Bumble-Bee which was extremely disappointing for the fanbase as Nemesis Prime was an exciting thread from the universe.
As usual if anything had an effect on the Transformers movie, it’s the music by Steve Jablonsky. All the right ingredients with the metallic rumble and the bass, it atleast gave the feel of a nice action packed movie. The cinematography, the special effects, the editing everything was on point, except the story and the actors.
Overall, the movie could have been way better, using all the loose plot lines by connecting them and weaving a much larger and stronger one, but I’m hoping that they’ll do it in the next edition as they have left another cliff hanger sorts ending. Yeah well, let’s just hope, shall we?