By Adam Brannon. If you’re not aware there’s a new Transformers movie coming out this week; where have you been?
The fifth film in the long-running franchise, The Last Knight sees Mark Wahlberg return alongside fellow Transformers alumni, Josh Duhamel and series newcomer Anthony Hopkins to kick more Decepticon butt.
Michael Bay’s popular series has taken over $4billion at the global box-office despite being absolutely slaughtered by critics the world over.
To celebrate the release of The Last Knight, I’ve been trawling through the Transformers archives to pick out five moments that stand out as the best things that have ever happened in Transformers.
#5) Welcome the Dinobots
The fourth Transformers film, Age of Extinction, heralded a new start for the series with a fresh cast and that was about it. However, what was exciting was the introduction of the Dinobots and this remains one of the best scenes from Transformers 4.
Unfortunately, despite being heavily marketed in the trailers, the metal dinosaurs were vastly underused in the final cut of the film. Nevertheless, their introduction and having Optimus Prime ride on top of Grimlock was one of the franchise’s best moments and is well deserving of a position on this podium.
#4) Sentinel Prime turns
Dark of the Moon is a muddled entry in the Transformers canon and the last outing for Shia LeBeouf. It does feature some cracking scenes however.
In fourth position comes Sentinel Prime’s turning to the dark side. Voiced superbly by the wonderful Leonard Nimoy, Sentinel up until this point had been very much on the side of the Autobots.
Unfortunately, to save Cybertron, the robot made a deal with Megatron and ends up killing fan favourite Ironhide in cold…oil? It’s a great sequence that sets up the climax perfectly.
#3) Hiding out
The bronze medal here goes to the first Transformers film and a scene that set up the franchise quite well for the future.
Here, Sam Witwicky (LeBeouf) after just meeting the Autobots for the first time decides to bring them back to his home in order to help them locate the All-Spark.
The ensuing calamity makes for one of the best sequences in any of the series. From damaging a precious garden path to destroying an electrical pylon, it makes for a humorous introduction to Optimus and his gang.
Praise should also be given to Sam’s parents, Kevin Dunn and Julie White, who really do have excellent comic timing. Michael Bay may not be the most subtle director in the world, but he certainly has his moments.
#2) Mission city battle
The criticism levelled at Transformers centres mostly around incomprehensible action sequences, and whilst that is definitely true of the later films in the series, the Mission city battle from the 2007 original, and by far the best Transformers movie, is superbly choreographed.
The sheer scale of the battle is magnificent and the CGI is still the best of any of the four films. Bumblebee gets to prove his worth as he’s towed around the city, shooting bad guys – what more could you want?
#1) Hello to the Autobots
The gold medal in this robotic MM Top 5 has to go to the scene in which Shia LeBeouf and Megan Fox meet the Autobots for the very first time.
Cast your mind back 10 years and the hype surrounding Transformers was difficult to handle for a lot of fans. Thankfully, Michael Bay delivered a largely successful film that utilised some of the cartoon’s best characters to make an exciting film.
Using Peter Cullen as the voice of Optimus Prime was a fabulous idea and he remains a highlight to this very day. Re-watch this beautifully shot scene and enjoy it before it makes you feel old.
Transformers: the Last Knight is released in the UK on Thursday 22nd June.