Genre: Sci-fi Action/Adventure
Title: Star Trek Beyond
Release Date: 22 July 2016
The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.
What I Liked:
I’m a big fan of the Star Trek reboot movies, and this movie was a great addition to the series. It starts off a bit slow and odd, but the pace picks up and doesn’t stop. There’s a lot of action and humor, but what I loved most about the movie was all the little character moments.
There was some great development for all of our main characters. I especially liked that we got to spend so much time with Dr. McCoy. I felt that he was under-utilized in the first 2 movies. The focus was firmly fixed on Kirk and Spock, where the original series/movies focused on Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. This is probably because Star Trek Beyond was written by Simon Pegg, who is a huge Star Trek nerd. I hope that he gets to right the next movie as well!
The new character, Jaylah, is pretty great. She’s strong and independent, but there still seems to be a bit of innocence about her. I liked her relationship with Scotty, and I really hope that she returns in the future.
Also, the “classic music” bit was amazing. Best. Callback. Ever! I actually laughed out loud.
What I Didn’t:
I wish the development of the villain, Krall, happened a bit earlier. I liked the reveal, but I felt like there was still so much I don’t understand about him and his people. There’s probably plot holes around Krall’s story, but I can’t quite tell because I’m still kinda confused. Maybe I’ll understand everything next time I see the movie?
The special effects were fine for most of the movie, but there were a few pretty terrible CGI bits. The very beginning, Scotty hanging of the cliff, and some of the motorcycle stuff comes to mind.
This movie is so much fun! I know that a lot of people had doubts based on the trailers, but I actually think this movie is better than Into Darkness. Beyond has a lighter tone and more humor, and it also doesn’t lean so heavily on story elements/callbacks to the original series/movies. Star Trek 2009 is still my favorite (I may have seen it 19 times in the theaters. Don’t judge me!), but this is definitely #2. I’ll be going to see this one in the theaters again for sure. Maybe not 19 times, though. 😉
My Rating: 4.5/5