Star Trek Beyond
Star Trek Beyond opens with a beautiful dialog which picks up where the last Star Trek movie ended. Captain Kirk and his crew had gone out on their five year mission, which has taken a toll on all of them. However, it also shows that the crew is a unity, which is the foundation of this movie's plot.
What I love about this film in comparison to the first two of the trilogy, is that every main character gets to have their moment. Where in the first two movies I felt that it was mainly centred around Chris Pine’s character of Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto’s character Spock, many of the other characters we’ve grown to love got a chance to shine. There was a good balance of diving deeper into the personalities of characters we’ve already gotten to know and learning things of those who’ve remained somewhat in the background the previous two movies.
From start to finish, this movie moves along at a steady pace. The newly introduced characters such as Jaylah and Krall captivate you the instance they walk onto the scene. Each of which have their own personal baggage to carry, which is beautiful explained but not in a way that takes away from the story or the already well established characters. Idris Alba as the villain Krall was very convincing and made his reason to want to destroy the federation one that we as viewers could believe in, or at least understand.
There was only one scene which I thought was a little far fetched, but I am going to leave it up to you guys to decide if you agree with me on this fact or not. Since it goes hand in hand with a massive spoiler, which I will not utter here.
All in all, Star Trek Beyond was an amazing film experience that will be best experienced in cinemas. Due to great writing by Simon Pegg and Dough John, there is great development and characters are given opportunities that have been lacking in previous movies. Though, I enjoyed both of those as well and am in no way claiming the previous ones were bad!
I nominate Karl Urban’s character Bones as a scene stealer, who’s dry humor and honest opinions balanced out Spock and his Vulcan demeanor in many scenes.
Sofia Boutella’s character Jaylah was a very refreshing addition to the cast and I hope that – if they are planning on expending on this trilogy – she will be back to portray her character. Her interaction with Simon Pegg’s character Scotty was very fun to. Simon Pegg, who doubled as an actor and a writer on this project, didn’t mind mocking his own character for a few laughs now and then. John Cho’s character Sulu and Anton Yelchin’s (may he rest in peace) character Chekov get their moments to shine and Zoe Saldana as Lieutenant Uhura was again marvellous.
Now I cannot exclude talking about Chris Pine and his performance as James T. Kirk, or Zachary Quinto’s portrayal of Spock. These two truly are the foundation upon which this reboot stands, which isn’t all that strange. Though they don’t have many scenes together in this film, the chemistry that they play off with one and other is beautiful and very fluid. There are moments where you can see how difficult it is for them to let go of one another, which has also been beautifully portrayed in the previous two films.
I think Star Trek Beyond was amazing and would recommend all of you to go and check it out.