Went to see the fifth instalment of the unpredictable Transformers Franchise again directed by Micheal Bay.
So far for me the best of the franchise have been Transformers 1 and 4 and that stands.
Although this is watchable like the second in the series it's all over the place and sometimes didn't make much sense.
In this film it goes back to the Time of King Arthur who is losing a battle. His magician Merlin knows of Transformers who have crashed and given a staff of power which only his line can use. Also the guardian Transformers agree to help and merge into a three headed Dragon.
Switch to modern times and Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) is still lost floating in space sending a call to the Transformers creators.
Cade Yaeger (Mark Wahlberg) is wanted by a Transformers killing unit and hiding out with the remaining Autobots including Hound (John Goodman) and Bumblebee.
He comes across a Guardian ship whereby the pilot gives him an amulet that means he's the last Knight and has to defend the last line of Merlin.
You still with me? Told you it's a convoluted plot.
Then we go to England where Sir Edmund Burton (Anthony Hopkins) and his Transformer butler Cogsworth are guarding the secrets of the round table and looking after Vivian Wembley (Laura Haddock) the last Merlin family member.
The Autobot Hotrod is also helping them.
As this is going on Optimus Prime finds Quintessa (Gemma Chan) who is the Transformers creator and means to take a dying Cybertron to earth to mend Cybertron with Earths energy as Earth is really Unicron - Cybertrons sister planet. She takes over Optimus and makes him evil and to find the staff of Merlin.
Add to all this a girl with a cute robot and the return of Megatron somehow.
The film is a mix bag and jumps from location to location although it does have some great action set pieces but the ending is a mess with too much going on. Plus there isn't much of Optimus.
The best and funniest parts are with Anthony Hopkins slightly mad Sir Edmond and his robot servant Cogsworth who's trying not to be a psychotic killer.
The film as a whole is watchable just sometimes doesn't make sense. The main bug bear is Megatron coming back as he was killed in the third film and in the forth a new Transformer Galvatron was made with Megatrons head.
I'm guessing inbetween the movies he works to making himself into his former image though wish they would mention it.
There is also a quite good Suicide Squad nod when Megatron is requesting the humans release some of his Decepticons.
Also there is more of a connection to previous films with Josh Duhamel reprising his role as Colonel William Lennox and photos of previous characters.
Overall - good acting and special effects just the story gets tied up in a knot and there is too much going on. Plus the final battle is a mess. Worth a watch. Just.
Score - 7/10