Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Summer blockbusters are meant to be a way to escape the realism of the world around us for a moment in time by being thrilled over watching a movie and snacking on popcorn.  They don't need to have a life altering impact on their audiences or masterfully written award-winning scripts.  What these movies must have are mind-blowing special effects, pulse raising action scenes, incredible stunts, and comedic situations.  People aren't looking for the film of the year but rather to have some summer fun where they'll be wowed and made to laugh while watching a movie.  TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT fits this mold perfectly!

The fifth movie in Michael Bay's cinematic saga, based upon the Hasbro Transformers toys that were popular when I was a kid growing up in the 1980's, THE LAST KNIGHT is a roller coaster of a movie that is meant to be a thrill ride.  It has adorable characters called baby dinobots that will make you go aww! Incredible vehicles that you wish you could drive or fly.  Stunts like Mike Wahlberg hanging out the door of a speeding car inches from the ground making the audience exclaim whoa!  Along with plenty of moments that will have you chuckling in your seat.  And let's not forget the stars of the show, incredibly detailed CGI fighting robots that while watching the movie you'll forget aren't real.

While TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT is based upon children's toys, parents should be aware that it is rated PG-13.  I took my eight year old twins to see the movie and personally didn't have any problem with them seeing anything contained in it.  There isn't any gore or nudity in the movie but it gets the PG-13 rating for intense action scenes, violence and cursing.  Because most of the violence is robot-on-robot in my opinion there isn't anything over-the-top concerning for parents to worry about when it comes to grade school aged and older children viewing it.  If you let your kids watch the Harry Potter or Star Wars films this movie should be just fine for them to see.

I wouldn't recommend taking preschool aged children to this movie for a few reasons though.  First there is a lot of swearing that young ears probably shouldn't hear.  You'll have to make a parent judgment on your comfort level about profanity. Second, while there really isn't any sexual content in the film there is a lot of innuendo which you may want to avoid young kids being exposed to.  Of course it may just go right over their heads like it did with mine.  Finally, there are some characters, robots and humans, who die in the film.  If death is a topic you want to steer clear of here's your heads up about that.

For adults if you enjoy action adventure movies with explosions and battle scenes go see this!  If you are more interested in movies with great dramatic plots than you'll probably want to go see something else.  I'll be honest the plot is full of holes like a piece of swiss cheese.  The script is OK while you are racing through THE LAST KNIGHT but afterward it will be hard not to think back and say that didn't make a whole lot of sense.  Of course it is a movie about larger than life alien robots so the script doesn't need to be more than meets the eye.

My son and daughter really enjoyed this movie, and my wife who normally doesn't share my appreciation of sci-fi/superhero type stuff admitted she had a good time too.  I really liked how King Arthur and Merlin were incorporated into the story and thought the dragon transformer featured in the show was just darn cool.  Being from the Motor City it was also interesting to see all the Detroit locations that were used in filming the movie. That combined with my really wanting to own a baby dinobot now gives A Geek Daddy nod of approval to TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT.  If you sit back and enjoy the ride you'll have a fun time!

For more information about THE LAST KNIGHT please visit  You can also find out more about TRANSFORMERS by visiting the movie's social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterClick here to take a look at the newest Transformers toys from Hasbro.

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