Disclaimer – I’m a Treker…always have been, always will be. This new film is the third in the rebooted Star Trek universe and I was looking forward to it. I was not disappointed.
The movie finds the crew of the USS Enterprise in the middle of their five year mission and feeling the loneliness in the vastness of deep space. Some relationships are strained. Others are more solid than ever. You get a sense that these characters have been through a lot together – beyond the films.
The plot is solid. This is not about starship combat – it is about loyalty, commitment, and honor. The writing is almost perfect. Bones and Spock have some wonderful one-liners between the two of them. There was a lot of different pairing that takes place in this film that we haven’t seen before in a Star Trek film. That made it neat and fun to watch.
I was not a big fan of the action/fighting scenes. The way some were filmed I lost track of who was hitting whom because of camera angles and jostling. It is a very minor nit to what is a top-notch film.
What I really like is this film stands on its own. It is not a sequel as much as a continuation of the story. They incorporated the death of Leonard Nimoy perfectly, making it a key plot point in the film. There’s even a homage to the original series of movies here with a single photo that says more than any dialogue in the movie.
I particularly liked the fact we saw an NX class starship here – albeit a precursor to TV’s Enterprise series. I know a lot of people hated Enterprise, but I have come to like it quite a bit and this nod to that era was well done.
We got a new character, Jaylah, who was awesome as well. I was a little disappointed that we didn’t see Dr. Marcus still with the crew – nor did we learn her fate. Again, such a minor nit that it hardly is worth mentioning.
All of the internet hype about Sulu being “Openly gay” in the film was, for the most part, inconsequential. In fact, if it hadn’t been for the hype I probably would have missed it entirely. The internet breeds cynicism. It turned out to be a big non-moment in the film. Stupid internet trolls…
Overall, I give Star Trek Beyond a solid five stars. A great film for a hot summer weekend.