I just finally saw TLK, and I figured I'd make a journal writing down some random bullet points about it. Not really a review, but some thoughts, pros and cons, things I noticed, etc. Keep in mind these are just initial thoughts, I might change my mind on some things down the road.
-The junkyard scenes were a lot of fun. It was an interesting setting with a solid amount of Autobot character moments. I'd watch a whole movie of the Autobots, Cade, Jimmy, and Izzy screwing around in that junkyard. (With occasional visits from Daytrader)
-Decepticon intros were a blast. I found it weird that Megatron's first choice was the tiny motorcycle that gets exploded by a single gunshot, while the behemoth with a giant claw and gatling gun was just a consolation prize...
-I liked Vivian a lot more than I expected. Both of the main gals were really solid, I felt. (Well when Izzy actually got to be around, at least...)
-Quintessa wasn't the best villain, but I loved her voice.
-Megatron had interesting moments here and there, like him looking genuinely sad while talking about how he wants to go home in the scene with Lennox. And his interaction with Starscream's head was fantastic. Wish he got a scene or two in the middle parts of the movie.
-Hound, Drift, and Crosshairs could've been in it more, but they're still great as usual. Seeing Wheelie again was nice too.
-Enjoyed Cade's brief interaction with Optimus, felt like the conversations they had in AOE, which I always liked.
-Nitro Zeus (SAY HELLO TO YOUR WIFE FOR ME), Cogman (MOVE BITCH GET OUT THE WAY) and Hot Rod (I V I L S T O P Z E T I M E) were fun, though I wish Hot Rod had more focus scenes. Felt like his role was "say a lot but only as background noise" for a lot of it.
-The scene of Bumblebee falling apart and putting himself back together was great, the trailer did a nice job of leaving out the good parts of the sequence. One of the biggest moments of spectacle for me.
-Another "damn that was cool" moment was Hound firing bullets into Hot Rod's BUBBLE TO STOP ZE TIME so they'd go into Megatron's face all at once when it wore off.
-They were light on the Autobot deaths instead of doing something like "oh drift died because.... we gotta kill someone i guess"
-London chase was pretty cool.
-Dug the opening with the medieval battle.
-Barricade's report to Megatron. Wish Barri had more scenes like that.
-I really liked Daytrader, he felt like a true "good guy Swindle". Just this piece of shit that shows up in the junkyard with random crap and everyone there hates him.
-Hound and Crosshairs transformed! Crossy only did so in the background, but I'll take it. Also Drift gets a namedrop in dialogue, finally!
-Barricade getting hit by like four cars and then saying "Ow, that hurt." was hilarious.
-Simmons and Morshower were in it more than I expected.
-The Knights were neat but I hate how LITERALLY all of Dragonstorm's stuff was spoiled in marketing.
-The actual dialogue really made Canopy's death more powerful than I expected. "I just want to thank... you..."
-The random jet guy at Burton's castle who ran up and fell over got a big laugh out of me.
-Vivian's family and the random NASA guy were really bad. I hated just about every time they were on screen. The former was annoying and the latter was so absurdly random and felt like a really cliche disaster movie character.
-Nemesis Prime and the fight with Bumblebee were INCREDIBLY overhyped. "What have I done..." don't worry prime you did jack shit
-The ending was a joke. The TF movies have pretty abrupt endings a lot, but this one felt insanely so. Prime started his speech like 20 seconds after they won.
-The Decepticons, while fun while they were around, were wasted. Most of them are in the movie so briefly before getting their shit wrecked, and the ones that live longer kind of just stop talking after a while. I was waiting for Barricade or Nitro Zeus to say anything in scenes like the bit at Stonehenge. Particularly wish Barricade did more.
-Cade seemed like kind of a dick sometimes. Dude needs to apologize to Jimmy for the situation he put him in. Not to say he was entirely bad, just like "um okay then dude" at times, mostly in the first 1/3 or so.
-The past pictures with characters like Ironhide and lambo Hot Rod were in the movie, whyyyyy
-Izzy, Jimmy, and most of the Autobots just don't exist for like an hour in the middle of the movie. It's especially awkward with Izzy and Hound, because the former is set up to be such a major character, and the last we see of Hound before the plot brings them back in... is Megatron shooting him. If I didn't know he was in the final battle, I'd think he might have died.
-They made zero attempt to explain how Daytrader's voice box for Bumblebee suddenly started working.
-Crosshairs and Drift get screwed out of taking part in a final battle again. I understand that Drift was piloting the Knightship, but where the hell was Crosshairs? He does zero fighting but is just suddenly back with everyone in the end shots.
-Disappearing characters on the level of ROTF.
-The movie was so fast paced holy shit, I wished it would slow down sometimes. Sensory overload. Maybe it'll feel calmer on a rewatch?
-Drift and Wheelie sounded kind of different to me. Like the vocal tones from Watanabe and Kenny were off in some way.
-The way TRF dealt with one of the Knights in the underwater ship had to be a reference to DOTM. They distinctly talk about shooting out his eyes, then they plant a bomb on his leg and blow it off.
-I wish they'd have acknowledged Lockdown. The Autobots just weirdly kept calling the Knightship their ship.
-Apparently Hound has a dad, and according to Crosshairs, Cybertronians get goosebumps.
-What was the point of calling the sub a Transformer?
-The Knights sounded a LOT like Tony Todd at times..
-I noticed a lot of reused sounds, like grunts, clangs, gunshots, and even very blatant Frenzy noises at one point.
-Crosshairs is suddenly a total Optimus fanboy. "You'll NEVER be Optimus Prime." "Love that guy."
I'm probably forgetting some stuff, but this is long enough anyway. All in all, the movie has a lot of flaws, but I had a lot of fun. Definitely want to see it again and see what I think on a second viewing.