“Star Trek Beyond” is terrific and whooshes along through its two hours. It has weaknesses, but it is much closer to original creator Gene Roddenberry’s first season vision than any of the other movies are.
First off, the science is really cool. It builds on those transporters and warp speeds and all those lovely flying machines in a delightful way.
Secondly, the new cast have settled into believable relationships. This is helped by a script (Simon Pegg and Doug Jung) that knows when to joke and when to be serious.
Justin Lin’s direction – honed on the Fast and Furious films – ramps up the action and chase scenes. You even get a fabulous motorcycle scene.
Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban and John Cho all reprise their parts but it’s Anton Yelchin as Chekov who grabs at your heart and makes you feel sad about his death.
Zoe Saldana is a fine action hero as Uhura but it’s Sofia Boutella as Jaylah who breathes fresh meaning and action into this.
One big weakness is Krall, the bad guy. I like Idris Elba but the costume and script do him no favours. He becomes another cartoon character who speaks bad English. I can’t figure out how such a magical actor fails to connect here.
But, all in all, it’s very enjoyable.
The very-full Stratford East Picturehouse audience all stayed quiet and enjoyed it.
If you’re a proper Trekkie, you’ll love it. If you’re a recent convert, you might miss some of the slickness of the previous two reboots. But there is a gentle and enquiring heart behind the action, here and I warmed to it as the story unfolded.
Dark and moody 3D is distracting, through the first 10 minutes but then creates very beautiful space scenes.
Forget reading about the plot before you see it. This is best seen with as little advance knowledge as possible.