Director: Michael Bay.
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Stanley Tucci, Josh Duhamel. USA 2016. 149 mins.
“This is not a number five. This feels like a brand new, fresh look into the Transformers.” So says director Michael Bay, whose latest ’botbuster, The Last Knight, shatters the core myths of the hugely successful franchise. Optimus Prime is gone. In his absence, humans and Transformers are at war. The key to humanity’s survival lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. The fate of the world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English lord (Hopkins); and an Oxford professor (Haddock).
Directors: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin, Eric Guillon.
Voices: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker. USA 2017. 90 mins.
At the end of Despicable Me 2, one-time dastardly supervillain Felonious Gru (Carell) seemed to have hung up his ‘evil’ cape for good. Having settled in the ‘burbs with his feisty super agent wife (Wiig) and three adorable, unicorn-loving, adopted daughters, he’s now out to actively fight crime, not cause it. Until, that is, a long lost, enviably hirsute twin brother (also Carell) pops out of the woodwork to tempt Gru back to the dark side… Eagerly anticipated by everyone from toddlers to adults, this animated threequel also voice casts Trey Parker (co-creator of South Park and The Book Of Mormon) as an ’80s-obsessed baddie with truly villainous shoulder pads. As if that wasn’t enough, one final word will sell it to you: Minions!