Star Trek Beyond Thoughts
I’ll be the first to admit that I prefer Star Wars heavily over Star Trek. I was never too crazy about Star Trek until JJ Abrams’ rebootquel came out. Unfortunately for previous Star Trek fans, they were turned off by the blockbuster action adventure direction. But Star Trek Beyond it’s a balance suited for fans of the reboot and old series. Star Trek Beyond is dark at times but it’s also an optimistic movie as well.
There’s only one word to sum up Star Trek Beyond and it’s fun. Beyond doesn’t try to recycle old plot points or be superbly cliche like the other movies. It’s different. There are entertaining action pieces throughout but the film’s strongest aspect is it’s utilization of its wonderful cast & characters. Each & every character gets screen time and instead of being a Kirk/Spock story, it’s a team story. That doesn’t mean Kirk & Spock aren’t at the forefront but their stories do not overshadow anyone else. It’s wonderful to see how developed Kirk has become and how much he has changed. He’s a well balance of modern Kirk & Shatner Kirk. Spock is also terrific even though some of his story beats are a bit familiar. We also got a lot more Bones and Karl Urban is flat out amazing as Bones. I felt he’s been underutilized in the past movies and he gets a good amount of screen time & things to do.
I have to applaud the film trying its best not to be cliche by having any shoehorned romance with the new female lead played by Sophia Boutella. She’s a strong a female character and not there to service the males. As for the villain, Krall, I thought he was a bit lame and one dimensional until the twist revelation which added more dimension to the character. Idris Elba is absolutely superb as Krall. It’s great to see the Star Trek series having 3 strong actors play 3 strong villains. Usually, films can’t even get 1 proper villain. I did have some problems with Krall. For a mysterious character, there is a lot that isn’t explained properly and its a bit frustrating. I can’t say much due to spoilers but you’ll have a lot of questions surrounding his character and his people. Also I thought Joe Taslim was a bit underused especially since he’s a talented martial artist and actor.
A lot of applause should be given to Simon Pegg for crafting a terrific script. The one thing I noticed about Star Trek Beyond was its different tone. It’s not like every other blockbuster and it’s awesome to see a fan like Simon Pegg write a script. That’s what Hollywood needs, more fans writing scripts than studio executives. Also it’d be unfair to say Justin Lin didn’t a good job either. I’m surprised how well crafted the movie is. I personally think Lin is an awful director and when he’s put on big projects he tries to imitate better directors. Lin still tends to make mistakes but he’s improved heavily with Beyond. There’s a cool camera spinning effect Lin uses throughout the movie. The first 2 times it was cool but then Lin constantly goes overboard with it but overall Lin did a good job with the direction and there’s nothing to complain about in the action sequences. The climax was really really fun. Now it wouldn’t be truthful to say Star Trek Beyond had no flaws. The film does tend to slow down for a few minutes, as previously mentioned, the unanswered questions about Krall, and it’s a bit lacking on action/suspense in the middle of the film.
Overall Star Trek Beyond is terrific. Team movies have become a lost art and this is the epitome of a team movie. The action is great, the story is terrific and it has a very unique optimistic vibe to it. Even though it’s not a Simon Pegg written comedy, it’s pretty witty. Also it’s a touching tribute to the original Star Trek series and doesn’t forget anyone who’s been touched by the Star Trek universe or the people that put their hearts into this franchise. Star Trek back in the day might not have been for everyone but with this new series and especially Beyond, this is a movie for every one of all kinds and I hate to admit it, it’s way better than Star Wars Force Awakens. Had Star Trek IV not been confirmed (there are so many hints thrown around the movie for Star Trek IV), this would have been a great conclusion to an enjoyable trilogy.