Like the classic rock anthem by The Who, "Won't Get Fooled Again," Transformers fans have been tricked into believing that previous Bay sequels would be better based on a thrilling trailer, only to be disappointed in the finished film. However, as one of those sad crushed souls, I'm here to proclaim that Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight could be the best chapter yet for these robots in disguise and that this latest extended promo is a sweeping harbinger of hope.
Anthony Hopkins narrates the somber opening as in previous teasers with his dire proclamations of doom and a brief history lesson, before we're treated to some epic images of Transformers raising swords with Arthur's Round Table knights in medieval Europe that brings to mind John Boorman's Excalibur.
This involving trailer contains some semi-spoilery footage that blends both the ancient elements of the storyline with the modern sequences of the renegade Optimus Prime confronting the creator over allowing Cybertron to fall, the bonding of Mark Wahlberg's Cade and Isabela Moner's Izzy and ends with the main event, a provocative Prime The Redeemer punch-a-thon of torso-denting alien robo combat these movies deliver best. It's interesting to note that this preview eliminates any shots set in Nazi Germany.
Since it's been a while since we revisited the synopsis, let's give it one more whirl:
When all seems lost, a few brave souls can save everything we’ve ever known.
The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).
There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.
Will this be the Transformers flick to redeem the franchise, or does it look like another expensive-yet-profitable disaster for the robots in disguise?
Transformers: The Last Knight marches into theaters on June 28.