Meat at the Movies: Is ‘Transformers’ More Than Meets The Eye?
So the big movie out this weekend is the latest Transformers movies from Michael Bay, Transformers: The Last Knight. This is the fifth movie in the Transformers series, and it's pretty much what you expect. The Michael Bay Transformers movies have have been pretty uniformly terrible since the second one. I tapped out of the franchise after the third one, and then the fourth one ditched Shia Labeouf and brought in Mark Wahlberg. Marky Mark is back in this one, alongside esteemed actors like Anthony Hopkins and Stanley Tucci. But nobody cares about the humans in these movies, the real question is, what about the robots? Well they're all here, too: Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee, etc. The plot, such as it is, is about robots fighting other robots - this time, also digging into the Transformers' history on Earth. The trailer shows off Transformers during the time of King Arthur and during Nazi Germany. Critics are saying it's terrible, but that's par for the course with this franchise. I have seen some people say that this is actually the least bad of the Transformers sequels, so there's that I guess? My recommendation is to see anything else, and this weekend actually has a couple of great smaller options to offer.
For one, there's The Beguiled, the new film from Sofia Coppola. This is actually a remake of a Clint Eastwood movie from 1971, and it's about a union soldier during the Civil War who gets injured and winds up hiding out in a Confederate girl's school, until betrayals all around force things to escalate very quickly. This one stars Colon Farrell in the Eastwood role alongside Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning, and I've heard it's very good - Coppola tells the story from the point of view of the women rather than the male soldier, so it's a different take on the material that might make it cool to watch both movies back to back.
And then there's The Big Sick, which played at Sundance this year and I've heard nothing but great things about. This is a romantic comedy written by one of my favorite comedians, Kumail Nanjiani from Silicon Valley, alongside his wife Emily Gordon. It also stars Nanjiani in the lead role, and it's about navigating the cultural differences of a relationship between a white woman and a pakistani man. The movie also stars Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano, it has a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and Nanjiani is super funny, so this should definitely be one to check out.
So please, avoid Transformers at all costs, go see something smaller and more interesting like The Beguiled or The Big Sick, and until next time, we'll Meat at the Movies.