This Rotten Week: Predicting Transformers: The Last Knight Reviews,
Though we are fully into the summer movie season, things are a little calmer this week with only Transformers: The Last Knight hitting screens in wide release.
Just remember, I’m not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they’ll end up on the Tomatometer. Let’s take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.
The good news for the Transformers franchise is at the box office (and it’s great news). The film series has cost roughly $1.1 billion to make and raked in around $3.7 billion. For all of you non-math majors out there, it’s in the green about $2.6 billion. It’s easy to see why the studio would want to keep pumping out flicks in this series, though going forward it will be without director Michael Bay. Probably.
Bay’s been with the franchise since the beginning and has to take some of the blame for the bad news aspect of Transformers, namely the critical reception. The four films in the series — Transformers (57%); Age of Extinction (18%); Dark of the Moon (35%); Revenge of the Fallen (19%) — average out to just 32% on the Tomatometer with only the first finishing above the 50% mark (and just barely). One could (and likely should) argue these films were never made for the critics and the box office haul more than makes up for whatever critical distain is felt with a franchise about aliens who turn into cars and other vehicles.
In this final Bay and Mark Wahlberg chapter of the series, the war continues between Earth and the Transformers after the death of Optimus Prime. It looks like a bunch more explosion-porn that Bay is known for. I suspect like with the previous iterations, fans of the series go out to see the movie in bunches while critics score it in line with the rest of the franchise.
Though we are coming into the summer, things are a little calmer this week with only Transformers: The Last Knight hitting screens in wide release.