Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)

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How much is too much? Evidently, when it comes to “Transformers,” there is no such thing as too much.

Come Friday, June 21, 2017, the latest instalment of the “Transformers” film franchise “Transformers: The Last Knight” hits movie theater screens.

The latest film in the franchise, with the absence of Optimus Prime, sees the human race and the Transformers at war.

The tone of the fifth film, with both Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci reprising their roles from “Transformers: Age of Extinction” is bound to resonate with people that liked the fourth instalment.

With Anthony Hopkins playing Odin in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it should not come as any huge surprise to find the Wales born actor joining the ‘Transformers” franchise.

In “The Last Knight,” Hopkins plays an English lord named Sir Edmund Burton. Burton is apparently recruited by Cade Yeager (Wahlberg) and Bumblebee.

In their efforts to uncover the truth regarding the reasons for Transformers repeatedly returning to Earth, the team looks to Oxford University professor named Viviane Wembly (Laura Haddock) for assistance.

“Transformers: The Last Knight,” directed by Michael Bay, is the fifth film in the franchise.

Returning to the franchise, having appeared in the first the films, is Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, and John Turturro.

Further, it is nice to see the return of Texas actor Glenn Morshower. Morshower, best known for his work on the series “24,” was last seen in “Dark of the Moon.” He will be reprising his role as General Morshower.

In a brief conversation with the actor, I recall Morshower talking about typecasting. He said the important aspect of being typecast is being cast. It is work.

Bay has indicated that this fifth film will be the last one he works on as director. Interestingly, since the director had said something similar regarding “Dark of the Moon,” Bay could conceivably change his mind.

“Now that Michael Bay has wrapped his trilogy of ‘Transformers’ films, it looks like he’s ready to move on to other exploding pastures… ‘Transformers 4’ could come as early as summer 2013, but I would bet a summer 2014 date is more likely … But who will direct it? Who can fill Bay’s expensive, nonsensical shoes?,” wrote Collider staff writer Matt Goldberg. This was in 2011.

Bay did not leave the director’s chair. He remained the driving force behind the franchise.

Will this instalment bring with it the end of the franchise? Unlikely.

Even though domestic film critics do not seem to have a high regard for Bay’s work, when it comes to the international box office, there is no denying the “Transformers” franchise has been hugely successful.

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Shain E. Thomas, recently graduated with an M.Sc. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of North Texas, is currently working on an M.Sc. in Library Science. Shain, the senior editor of "Harsh Light," is also the U.S. Correspondent for "The Welshman" and a regular contributor to the "North Texas Daily."