“Star Trek Beyond,” the highly anticipated next installment in the globally popular Star Trek franchise, created by Gene Roddenberry and reintroduced by J.J. Abrams in 2009, returns with director Justin Lin (“The Fast and the Furious” franchise) at the helm of this epic voyage of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her intrepid crew. In “Beyond,” the Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.
What We Thought:
The new Star Trek movies starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg and the others aren’t Star Trek canon. They live in a parallel type universe compared to the original series, their movies and the other TV series. I’m cool with that because if you don’t compare them to the old franchise, they are fun sci-fi flicks.
As for the latest film, Star Trek Beyond, well, it’s a fun sci-fi flick! JJ Abrams directed the first two films, but directed Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens instead of this. The new Star Trek franchise was handed over to Justin Lin of the Fast & the Furious series. After seeing this, I hope he directs the fourth film because I liked what he did here.
He brings a lot more fun and excitement to the series. I liked the first film a lot and I seemed to like Star Trek Into Darkness more than others, but Lin’s film feels different and similar at the same time. The characters keep their personalities, but this film seems faster and more furious (pun intended).
The main cast returns and I like that. I’m a big fan of Chris Pine and I’ve yet to figure out why he’s not considered a big star. His Captain James T. Kirk has William Shatner’s womanizing abilities, but Pine brings more to him. He’s a believable captain and leader of the crew. Plus he’s good looking and charming and you can see why people follow him. In Star Trek Beyond, him and his crew spend more time off the USS Enterprise.
I think that’s what I liked most about the film, most of the leads get to have more story developed around their characters. They have all been in space so long they start questioning what to do next. Kirk is thinking about getting off a ship. Same for Spock who is also trying to figure out what to do with his relationship with Uhura. Sulu gets a relationship although it’s really so quick that you can miss it. And I love that Karl Urban’s Bones really gets to shine here.
I’m a big fan of Urban’s as well so seeing Bones get a lot to do here really pleased me. He has some great scenes with both Spock and Kirk and Urban has great chemistry with Pine and Quinto. And of course Simon Pegg’s Scotty gets to be the comedic relief throughout the film.
But if you’re thinking, where’s the excitement and space elements, well there’s still plenty. Idris Elba plays the bad guy Krall. Krall controls metal bee type ships that swarm and destroy space ships and kidnap people. The crew of the USS Enterprise crash land on an unknown planet and must fight their way off and do battle with Krall. There’s also the addition of Jaylah, a female warrior type that brings a new element to the crew.
I really liked Star Trek Beyond. The franchise never comes close to Star Wars money, but I like the films nevertheless. All the characters I like are there and this film is just a lot of fun. There’s good music, good action sequences and good effects. And I can admit I got a little sad seeing the late Leonard Nimoy referenced in the film. I can also admit I got really sad seeing the recently deceased Anton Yelchin on screen. I don’t know what they will do with his Chekov character after Yelchin’s shocking death, but it was quite emotional seeing the young actor on screen in one of his last performances.
All that being said, if you liked the first two films and like the Star Trek universe in general, then this film is…
Cast & Crew:
- John Cho
- Simon Pegg
- Chris Pine
- Zachary Quinto
- Zoe Saldana
- Karl Urban
- Anton Yelchin
- Idris Elba
Recommended If You Like:
- Star Trek
- Star Wars
- Science Fiction