The storyline… well let’s face it.. you know the story line. We all do as it is after all, a Star Trek movie. In case you don’t, bascially a Space ship is roaming the galaxy, runs into problems, has battles, etc etc.. BUT it is how well done these same plots can be that can make all the difference in the world.
While starting off on a bit slower pace, it picks right up with our usual crew: Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Bones McCoy (Karl Urban), Lt. Urhua (Zoe Saldana), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Sulu (John Cho), & Chekov (Anton Yelchin).
Add in a minor villian in Kalara (Lydia Wilson) who then of course, leads them to a major villian, Krall (Idris Elba). Throw in the requisie new character ‘star fleet member’ Jaylah (Sofia Boutella) and you have rounded out the cast all of whom work well enough together. As I’ve stated before, an important part of these films are the villians and for me, you are only as good as your villian. While neither one excels here, it’s mainly because I think it’s hard to really come off as a villian you love to hate with such dramatic costuming & make-up, so taking that into note, I will say both Elba & Wilson did well.
On a technical level, the film is stunning visually with brilliant CG and I didn’t mind the 3D as much as I usually do, though I will say, there are a lot of shaky-cam moments, which I was not expecting and which is not very appealing to me motion-wise. One of my favourite personal highlights is the Enterprise fighting scene with Beastie Boys – Sabotage underlaid. An amazing score once again composed by the brilliant Michael Giacchino does bring some brilliant moments back.
Two things to finish this up as first: I simply loved the fact they went ‘old school here and brought it all back around to what we all remember was just a simpler time in space!! hahahaha
Second: My guest hadn’t seen any previous Star Trek films, though knows the jist of it and whom the characters are. He did like it and noted that he felt that wasn’t necessary for someone to watch or enjoy the film. Good thing! though he did question the doubles of each character when they went ‘old school. Ahh..well..you can’t explain it all to them. 😀
This review is dedicated to Anton Yelchin..one of our best and brightest young actors..one of my personal favourites, who passed all too soon. Rest in Peace Anton.
Review Screening: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 ~ Courtesy of Paramount Pictures
Release Date: Completely worldwide ~ Friday, July 22, 2016
8 thoughts on “REVIEW: “STAR TREK: BEYOND” (2016) Paramount Pictures”
“…a Space ship is roaming the galaxy, runs into problems, has battles, etc etc..” I couldn’t agree more with your synopsis. I felt like it was Star Trek Beyond Boring. The Beastie Boys song stands out in my mind though. Some nice moments with Bones and Spock too.
P.S. Welcome back!
Thank you!! I’m so glad to be back and read fun comments like this again.. I really have missed it. Gotta start catching up with your reviews again too!!! yay!
I really want to see this one!
Great post 🙂 I missed reading your site so much 🙂 Anyway, I totally agree with you with that Beastie Boys scene. That was amazing. Sad that Anton Yelchin is gone 😦 Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂
My wife and I are trying to carve out time to see this one. I am a big fan of Justin Lin and she is a big trekkie. However, after not loving Star Trek: Into Darkness, I am going to set my expectations a little lower this time around.
Welcome back! Great to see you writing again!
Thanks tons Courtney!! it’s nice to be back!! I fell so far behind I read like 10 of your postings all at once..ha! This film is entertaining.. I mean..again, you know the story..I hope you like the way they did this one.. 🙂 LMK when you see it!
Great readding your blog post