Transformers: The Last Knight
I watched the bluray 3D last night. It was done in native Imax 3D showing two constantly changing formats on a 16:9 screen. Appeared to be 2.39:1 to 1.90:1 to show more of the action. That said, the 3D was pristine and 4K like, with a few pop outs--more, I wanted more!
I had very mixed feelings about this movie. First, it was 155 minutes long and overly complex. Not a movie plot that a young person could grasp easily--and I had problems keeping up with it most of the time--and I'm old
. The transformers are overly complex and most did not transform, only a few--and as usual, where did all that metal go when transforming?? I won't discuss much more or the plot as that would be a spoiler. Action, action and more action. I've done CGI back in the day and managed a team that did it for commercial purposes many years ago and can't imagine what it took to do some the scenes, they are technically perfect with detail that had to take weeks and months to figure out. That said, there is way too much of it. At times the action gets lost in the story, or the story gets lost in the action. This movie probably represents the ultimate in where CGI is. If so, then I think the first next Avatar releases are going to disappoint as some were done years ago, but not released, and the CGI has far surpassed what could be done just a few years ago. But, maybe that's why Cameron hasn't released them as he constantly tries to keep up with new CGI tech. Sorry, I digress
. The audio is good without being overwhelming. Some will say it's not loud or heavy enough bass, or not--I don't turn up the volume as I used to, so not sure.
My overall impression left with, is that it's a kid's movie run amuck with overly complex CGI action for adults to enjoy. The acting is okay, but the closeups of the actors are sometimes too close and leave out the action. It made me feel like the closeups were spliced in rather than part of the action--which they obviously were, but the editor did not do a good job of phasing in and out. As for characterization, kids are going to love the new "star wars" little robot character and the C3PO ripoff, and they add more to the movie than the humans do. Anthony Hopkins steals the show with his acting as usual. I hate movies that I have to watch more than once to understand, but this is one of them. It left me in awe (the CGI tech
), and over-stimulated with too much eye candy (all the complex action
--just way to much for one movie).
I can understand why it got confusing ratings at the box office. There is a trailer at the end that premises more movies to come. I think the franchise has milked this way beyond what is possible, though...