The seventh Transformers flick makes it very clear that (A) they should have stopped at six (if not sooner) and (B) Michael Bay did more for this franchise than people may realize. Without Bay’s trademark camerawork and oversaturation to distract you (Steven Caple, Jr. has assumed the reins), this latest entry feels entirely like a bland, overlong, goofy space-robot movie. Yes, Anthony Ramos (‘In the Heights’) and Dominique Fishback (‘Judas and the Black Messiah’) try to do their part to keep things afloat as the resident humans, but there’s way too much drawn-out silliness to make anyone care about what’s going on. And, near as I can figure, there’s not much going on anyway.

1.5/5 stars