LOATHED by most critics but a bonafide hit at the box office, the Transformers is one that certainly splits opinion.
Many thought that when the last film burst onto the big screen in 2011, it would be the last time we would see Optimus Prime for quite a while.
Well, judging by this review, that is not the case as less than three years later Michael Bay and co have roared back into cinemas with Transformers: Age of Extinction.
In a nutshell, the film follows on several years from the last film when the Transformers have become ‘persona non grata’ with humans and are being hunted. However, they are thrust back into saving the world when a new big bad arrives on Earth.
I will admit early on that I am big fan of Michael Bay.
Armageddon remains, to this day, my second favourite film and the first Transformers movie is a tour de force in blockbuster filmmaking.
However, I did feel that the second Transformers was a big misfire and the third, while having some redeeming features, never quite caught the essence of what made number one so good.
I am pleased to say this latest effort, which wipes the slate clean and has a brand new cast, is great and is a definite return to form.
The stunning action scenes are a sight to behold and are still the best I think I have ever seen on screen.
Not one person can deny seeing Optimus Prime turn from car to robot is not a feat of cinematic greatness.
The story is good and keeps you interested, although the film does suffer from being a little long in certain parts and could have been trimmed back by at least 30 minutes.
Mark Wahlberg is great in the main lead and, I believe, very underrated in general.
I think he can do action, comedy and hold film together.
Other cast members to look out for include Stanley Tucci, who is great as an ambiguous character.
The film will not be to the taste of everyone, but for me it was a cracking summer blockbuster.