This review is dedicated to the memory of Leonard Nimoy and Anton Yelchin.
For clarification, I’m personally a Star Wars guy, and have a moderate knowledge of Star Trek. The only movie from the rebooted universe that I had seen prior to this, is Into Darkness – a movie I enjoyed but wasn’t raving about.
When the first trailer for Star Trek Beyond dropped, I was the least excited person in the room. It just wasn’t doing it for me – It was a mix of the music, the seemingly out of place action and the jokes that fell flat. I moved onto the next trailer for the next movie and that was it. Fast forward 7 months where my dad (A massive Star Trek fan) asked if I wanted to go see the movie. I thought ‘Sure, why not?’ and i’m glad I did, because Star Trek Beyond is one of the best movies this year.
STAR TREK BEYOND IS ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES RELEASED SO FAR THIS YEAR.
As I get into the actual review, there may be some spoilers, viewer discretion is advised.
The movie begins quite somber, with both Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) ready to move onto the next chapters of their lives, only with this one last adventure before they can move on. All is well until they find themselves stranded on a planet and have no way to escape. That’s as far as I’ll go into the story because the twists and turns do come better when experienced first hand.
The acting was superb all around – Chris Pine plays weary but headstrong Captain Kirk, Zachary Quinto may very well have been Vulcan in a past life. Great performances come from Sulu (John Cho), Chekov (A wonderful final performance for Anton Yelchin), Scotty (Simon Pegg) and Zoe Saldana as Uhura (Who has a surprisingly large role in the movie).
The only disappointing performances were Idris Elba as the bland Krall and Sofia Boutella’s Jaylah, the badass alien female that was made a bit generic with her eastern European accent. That’s just my two cents on the matter.
Justin Lin does a good job here directing, especially since he is most famous for the Fast and Furious franchise, which may very well be the polar opposite of Star Trek. His influence can be seen in the very well presented action scenes in the movie. Credit must also go to Simon Pegg for writing a story that is most definitely Star Trek. It honestly felt like another episode of a show, which is both a compliment and a criticism. There is little to no mention of the previous films here, not that there needed to be, it just seems a little odd. Like i mentioned earlier in the review, some of the jokes do fall a bit flat, but that’s something that’s entirely depending on the person hearing the joke.
Going into the movie, there were two things highlighted as possible issue (For a lack of better word) – The death of Leonard and Anton, as well as the announcement that Sulu is gay. I’m happy to report that both of these things were handled masterfully. The death of Leonard Nimoy (Who played the older Spock in the JJ Abrams universe) acts as motivation for younger Spock and leads to some heartfelt scenes. As for Anton, although his character does not die in the movie, a toast to fallen friends seems to pan over to Anton, whether or not this was intentional is unknown, but is a nice touch nonetheless.
As for the Gay Sulu, the internet sure does enjoy making a big deal out of absolutely nothing. The much dreaded scene amounted to 5 seconds of Sulu greeting his partner and his daughter before walking off. There was nothing said, but the scene was well done. The internet had nothing to worry about.
Star Trek Beyond is many things, it’s a bombastic summer blockbuster and it’s a love letter to the fans of Star Trek. While its not a perfect movie, it’s still pretty damn good.
Final Score – 8.5/10