Star Trek Beyond
Posted Jul 24, 2016
The film also stars the late Anton Yelchin who tragically lost his life earlier this year. It is more or less the same cast as its predecessors, but introducing Kingsman (2014)’s Sofia Boutella as our new alien heroine Jayla, and Idris Elba as the new big ‘baddie’ Krall.
We open with a captains log recorded by Captain James T. Kirk, where he tells us how the crew of The U.S.S Enterprise has been traversing the universe for 3 years since we left them, and Captain Kirk is starting to question his missionary goals in the vast infinite realms of space. The crew set The Enterprise down on a gargantuan space station, of which there are amazing technological advances, inhabited by millions of co-existing alien species. The station receives a distress call of which the crew of The Enterprise are best armed to respond to, but when they arrive all is not as it seems and all hell breaks loose. The crew find themselves separated, seemingly alone in enemy territory and with nothing to guide them but each other, their wits and ingenuity.
Star Trek Beyond starts very quickly, and within half an hour we are catapulted in to the action, with The Enterprise being torn apart by a seemingly advanced warship/technology they have yet to come up against. Again. We find ourselves feeling a sense of exhaustion having seen The Enterprise battered to a pulp again, only this time perhaps more than we are used to, and the crew taking a beating but our main stars seemingly coming off unscathed. Again. It may sound like I didn’t find this enjoyable, but I really did. It was something we had seen before but so enjoyable all the same.
The strongest part of The Star Trek reboot has been that although it does suffer from some plot-holes and continuity issues, it is such good fun and so sleek too look at, you don’t seem to mind.
The excitement quickly recaptures your wandering mind every time. Star Trek Beyond is perhaps the biggest example of this, as the plot is perhaps the weakest of the three, yet somehow the film remains as enjoyable as its predecessors.
I really enjoyed it, I felt that although as I say, the plot was somewhat weaker than the standards already set, the film still kept me interested throughout, the humour was great, the CGI as incredible as we have come to expect from such big blockbusters and of course the cast were absolutely fantastic as always. This instalment seemed to concentrate more on Bones and Spock’s relationship a bit more which I really enjoyed, as their back and forth was delivered spectacularly and never failed to entertain. Zachary Quinto impressed once again as Spock, especially dealing with his internal struggle with his human emotions and Vulcan logic. The new additions in Jayla and Krall were great for the most part, though I felt Idris Elba could perhaps have had a bit more of a backstory so we felt a bit, more for his character as we did with Khan and Nero inStar Trek (2009) and Star Trek into Darkness (2013) respectively.
I especially enjoyed the third act, which once it got going was action fuelled excellence which certainly didn’t pull any punches. One sequence in particular, which you could see unfolding long before it did, and could have been oh so cringe just seemed to work in extraordinary fashion. Who’d have thought The Beastie Boys in a Sci-Fi epic summer blockbuster could give you quite so many goosebumps? It was absolutely enthralling and really drove the film home for me. No the film is not perfect, nor is it anything incredibly new or innovative, but what it is is incredibly good fun, and something that we really need at the moment for a bit of escapism from all the nastiness out there at the minute. I would say to anyone, if you haven’t seen Star Trek Beyond’s predecessors, firstly why not!? And secondly, watch them. Then take your family or friends along and enjoy this film, it really is enjoyable and the most fun I have had in the cinema in months.
Lastly I would just like to say I found it incredibly emotional watching the young Anton Yelchin in what will most likely be the last film I will ever see him in, and the touch after the credits “For Anton” was beautiful, however heartbreaking. I’m sure he will be missed dearly by the cast, crew and us fans alike. Boldly go Anton.