Optimus Prime is gone. Humans are at war with Transformers. The key to our future is buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth … The mission to save the world rests on the shoulders of a motley company consisting of Cade Yeager, Bumblebee, an English lord and a professor from Oxford. It’s time to act! The victims will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will stand: theirs or ours.
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I think very few people will argue with how sophisticated and fastidious the modern viewer has become. Hence, it is not surprising that very few paintings manage to find their way to the heart of the viewer, while others try to find a new way to achieve the desired goal. One of these ‘ways’ was the clash of two goodies in the confrontation. Batman vs. Superman, Iron Man vs. Captain America, Dominic Toretto vs. his ‘family’. This innovation and this film directed by Michael Bay did not stay away from this innovation.
The Transformers script has always been the most talked about part of the franchise. Many viewers are always willing to blame the franchise for at least a weak script. It is quite obvious that this film of the franchise will traditionally fall victim to such accusations. However, personally, in my opinion, the involvement of 9 very good scriptwriters in the so-called ‘scenario incubator’ has yielded positive results.
It is difficult to assess the work of authors in terms of artistic value. But within the framework of entertainment functions, the creators of the picture managed to come up with a truly eventful, exciting from the point of view of action and a truly large-scale story. Where historical facts, numerous legends and the direct invention of the authors are easily intertwined. Especially pleased with the implantation of the legends of King Arthur, who turned out to be far from being as ‘addict’ as expected before watching the tape. It’s a pity that having laid such an interesting story arc with the Whitwickans, the creators of the tape even had a cameo or even the mention of Sam Whitwick from the first three films.
Separately, I would like to note the perfectly presented conflict of the main characters of the confrontation. When, in addition to the traditionally warring Autobots and Decepticons, we observe the long-awaited war of people with transformers. If in the previous part this moment seemed completely undisclosed, then in this tape it is played out to its fullest, and in the first half of the tape it even creates the impression of a kind of genocide of transformers. In parallel, developing several storylines of different groups of heroes at once and only in the finale combining all this into a fairly voluminous and generalized picture of events. Thus, keeping the state of interest for the very final credits. Even if the ending of the picture is obvious from the very beginning.
The film is excellently realized in terms of the audio-visual component. You can scold Bay indefinitely for the script of his paintings, but it is simply impossible to reproach him for his inability to entertain the viewer. Which once again makes this film of the director clear. The film is practically packed with numerous pursuits, shootings, destruction and other types of incredibly large-scale spectacle. Eagerly pleasing the eyes throughout the entire film, but without creating the impression of an overabundance of an attractive spectacle, as was the case with the previous part of the picture. The wizards from Industrial Light And Magic tried their best and it is incredibly pleasant to watch the fruit of their work throughout the entire tape. Especially under the beautiful clip style of the filming of cameraman Jonathan Sel (most importantly – without the annoying wiggling of the camera from side to side) and the atmospheric musical accompaniment of the regular of the franchise Steve Jablonski.
The acting team also made me happy. Unlike the previous part, Mark Wahlberg’s character has become more serious and interesting. And that is what Mark perfectly implemented in his game. Laura Haddock was pleasantly pleased, who managed to develop her character beyond the notorious image of the main character’s girlfriend. Good and Josh Duhamel, who stepped over the other side of the barricades, certainly gave his character weight.
Sir Anthony Hopkins is also absolutely magnificent on the screen, who managed to squeeze the most out of his character and create perhaps one of the most charismatic persons of the tape. Young Isabela Moner also showed herself well. It can be seen that she failed to deploy in full force within the framework of the scenario. But I think it will be perfectly compensated for in the upcoming sequel. Stanley Tucci’s unexpected cameo in the form of Merlin and John Turturro was pleasantly pleased. Even if their characters in the picture are criminally few.
Having moved to the ‘camp of the enemy’, the main hero of the occasion in the face of Optimus Prime became very poor, and given how little his character is in the picture, there is a certain regression of the character. When, taking advantage of the opportunity, Bumblebee proved to be excellent, who for the first time since the first part received significant screen time, and given the story arc with his contribution to the war with the Nazis, the upcoming spin-off about his character becomes very promising. It is impossible not to mention the sociopathic Cogman and the cute Squix, who not only carry on themselves almost all the humor of the tape, but also certainly became the most charismatic characters in the picture.
Codec: HEVC / H.265
Resolution: Upscaled 4K (2160p)
HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1, 1.90:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1, 1.85:1
English: Dolby Atmos
English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0
French (Canada): Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1
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