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Star Trek Beyond (Paramount Pictures)
Directed by Justin Lin
Star Trek Beyond starts off a little weak but it comes on strong in the second half delivering the same (new) Star Trek action and excitement and laughs and cool shit we have come to associate with JJ Abrams and the Trek Franchise. I really liked it.
I had a problem with the story of Star Trek Beyond early on. There was a lack of discipline and naval or nautical clarity. They’re not military, I know, but it is a space vessel with a hierarchy. Are there no regulations? But anyway. Then for some reason when anyone from the crew are asked who they are they all need to give their full names. Everybody uses their last names. That’s how it’s always been. Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura. We get it. You’re a fan and you know the character’s first names. And I know it seems petty but it bothered me a lot. But then the movie got really exciting and I forgot about all that crap.
Beyond is a good story. Simon Pegg does a great job of distributing the action. This is truly an ensemble cast. Where the original series was very Captain Kirk-centric. Or at least the top three. Kirk, Spock and McCoy got most of the screen time. Here Simon Pegg gives everyone a meaty role in the action and everyone a chance to be the hero.
The new Star Trek movies have great music. I love Michael Giacchino‘s score. It’s a nice mix of old and new and brand new. But there are also some classic tunes from Public Enemy and The Beastie Boys included in the soundtrack. And I don’t entirely hate the new Rihanna song Sledgehammer. The two rap songs play a large part in the plot which is pretty cool too. You know how they love that classical music.
Star Trek Beyond is well-directed and I love the new cast. With the welcome addition of new allies and menacing villains and a great mystery and overwhelming odds, Justin Lin does a fantastic job of keeping the whole shebang moving and the mystery interesting. The franchise says goodbye to Leonard Nimoy in the movie with a touching and beautiful tribute that brought more than one tear to my eye. And they also honor Anton Yelchin’s passing, tastefully, in the end credits.
Star Trek Beyond is a fantastic installment to the new Trek franchise. Fun, exciting and entirely Trek. Some say it feels like a run-of-the-mill science fiction action film just wearing a Star Fleet uniform, but I disagree. The writers are clearly huge fans and the plot, the action, the dialogue and situations are pure Star Trek goodness. And I enjoyed it a lot more than Into Darkness. Beyond represents a return to form for the series.
RIP Anton. RIP Leonard. Good job guys. Bravo.