Star Trek Beyond (2016)

It was with a heavy heart that I went into the theater for this film. All the excitement about another wonderful Star Trek movie came to a solid halt at the sudden death of Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov in the film series, a month before the movie premiere.

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Star Trek Beyond is directed by Justin Lin, who has done several Fast and the Furious films and is currently working on Space Jam 2. It was co-written by Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty in the film and is known for Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead. The other co-writer is Doug Jung, known for television episodes for Big Love and Dark Blue.

The usual stars are back: Chris Pine (Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Karl Urban (Bones), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), and John Cho (Sulu). It introduces Sofia Boutella (Jaylah) as a possible new friend and Idris Elba as the villain, Krall. After a rescue mission gone way wrong, the crew of the Enterprise fight both villains and the planet itself to reunite with everybody. As part of the crew escapes, it becomes a race with Krall, who is intent on destroying Yorktown with an ancient biochemical weapon.

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One of my favorite parts about this film is that it became wholly about the crew; it was no longer the Kirk and Spock show. We get glimpses of their life outside of the ship and it’s nice to see them be personable, even if it is only for brief moments. I mean, Sulu’s beautiful family, that scene almost made me cry happy tears.

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Jaylah was a fun new character. She had been stranded and forced to survive by Krall. She set up fun boobytraps around her ‘home’ and was an excellent fighter. She was observant and smart; and her and Scotty have some great moments! Krall himself was an interesting villain; he plays like the queen bee and all his bee workers do everything else for him. Except he’s so angry. I can’t say much without giving his story away, but damn!

Despite the sadness that happened right before the movie premiere, this movie was fantastic! I give it an 8.5-9/10 while Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 6.9/10.

What did you think of the latest Star Trek film? Love it/hate it? Comment below!

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