With the onset of the movie franchise, Marvel has led the way in terms of creating symphonies, after allowing individual instruments to shine on their own. Not to be outdone Paramount has followed suit, not only cranking out several Mission Impossible movies in recent years but also with the Star Trek reboot series. Star Trek Beyond is the third installment in this franchise however this movie spends far less time establishing characters or backstory assuming that you have watched the others. This leaves plenty of time and room for a good story to be told. If by any indication of the quality of this film, viewers can expect to see a few more installments of this particular franchise.
A few thoughts about Star Trek Beyond:
- Deliberate Beginning – For most Trekkies, the beginning of this movie will feel very familiar. With a voice over from the captain the slow start of this film leads the viewer to feel as if there is something to anticipate that is just out of reach. While it may strike some as boring, seasoned fans will recognize this familiar setup as a means to an end.
- Good homage to the original show/films – This being the first film that spent a significant amount of time on a planet rather than in space, many of the beats paid homage to the familiar off world episode. Much of the magic of the new films come in the form of a new spin on familiar ideas, this felt very much as if the stakes had been raised. Being outside of the ship felt like a natural progression for this series.
- Great ensemble acting – As Marvel has their avengers, Star Trek has its crew. The characters felt very much as a team with their dialogue complimenting one another’s. For Trekkies they will recognize and appreciate the rapport that this cast has gained working with one another. The character development is also working well, as if you have seen the first two movies the place of the characters felt natural,
- Good pacing – Like the first film in the franchise this movie unfolded at a steady pace. From a slow beginning, the action accelerated at a steady pace from beginning to end.
- Corny at times (but in a good way) – The dialogue at times was a little corny. However no audible groans or gasps. This again felt like the corniness a Trekkie could come to expect from a Star Trek property. Even the corniest lines did not necessarily feel forced.
- Very well directed. – Justin Lin did a solid job with this film. Some may know him from his work with the Fast and the Furious franchise however while elements of that can be seen here, this has proven that with better source material he definitely rises to the occasions. Beautiful wide shots of the ship, the space station, the planet, as well as great choices in terms of action shots and space combat. This was a beautiful film in terms of just watching.
- Well written. – Simon Pegg wrote the “Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy” which consisted of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End. While those movies garnered plenty of fans this was Pegg’s first foray into a non comedy property. If pacing and plot are any witness, many more writing opportunities will come Pegg’s way.
- Villain was a little lackluster – That is not to say that there wasn’t an element of danger or cool factor with the villain’s actual weapons of choice. However the villain’s motivation was not entirely executed well. In the end this did not matter, as he still had the desired effect of being the obstacle the crew had to join together to overcome.
Overall a solid summer movie, and a good Star Trek movie. This is one your entire family will enjoy, go ahead and bring the kids. 4 of 5 stars.