Star Trek Beyond Review
King of Geeks, Lord of Dorks, but above all else just a guy trying to give YOU my personal late review for the 3rd installment of the Kelvin Timeline Star Trek Franchise.
Now many of you on this community may know as of last year, I have become a huge Star Trek fan. Star Trek: The Next Generation being my championed series. I think personally it was the spirit of grand endure and social commentary the series always brought up in a most splendid fashion that always kept me coming back. Although, that said, those core concepts seemed to have been lacking in the last 2 Star Treks. Star Trek 2009 was a good start, but Into Darkness despite being enjoyable fell flat in the areas that made the franchise so good. Exploration of the stars and its many characters. Alas Star Trek Beyond is here to remedy the problems of its last 2 predecessors and more by being a fun space action thriller, unique in its own right.
3 years into the 5 year mission across the stars(get it, because this is the third movie...so clever), after another tiring diplomatic mission gone ary, kirk finds himself questioning the point of being a Star Fleet captain other than to surpass his dad. If all the Federation is meant to do is explore the endless boundaries of space, whats the point of striving for a goal that can never end. All of the depression is leaning Kirk towards wanting to leave the captains chair to Spock and become an Admiral instead(that's an easter egg btw).
However, when a remnant refugee of a destroyed federation star ship in a nearby uncharted nebula near the new star base York Town, desperately requests an immediate rescue party, Kirk´s plans of retirement seem to be constantly put on hold as the Enterprise´s attempts of a rescue mission are turned into a struggle to survive by a mysterious alien army led by a ruthless vigilante known as Krall.
Amazing from start to finish, as a Star Trek fan it completely blew my mind of how perfect of a movie this was. Sure they had the cliche' of the enterprise must be destroyed or near destroyed, in which when i say this ship got destroyed i mean:¨Holy Shit that thing go destroyed¨. No seriously, the Enterprise is more obliterated than Fox´s chances of reviving the Fantastic Four by the time its all said and done(yeah...that bad). A lot of characters get developed but more of their relationships with one another rather than actual development but i´d be lying if i say they weren´t all charming. All of the characters bounced off of each other as if they were actual people, as if it was actually like an episode of the original tv show.
Speaking of which to honor Leonard Nemoy´s death they killed him off in the background by doing something i feel Future Original Spock would never do for the very way it almost affected Kelvin Spock in this movie, but he´s dead got to honor the man and by the end of the movie it creates this really touching meta moment between the original series and the new movies that i quite enjoyed as a treky myself just getting into the Original Series.
Spock and Bones completely stole the show in all their scenes and the actor for Bones still can nail the part and may just be the funniest part of this movie. Him and Spock have this kind of rivalry because of their two clashing philosophies, very much like the show. Spock has the vulcan sense of logic while Bones can´t quite understand why there would be any race so devoted to logic over humanity, often times making him feel as if Spock is as cold as a machine. I think the movie does a really good job of progressing their relationship further and arguably bonding them closer as friends who bust each others balls constantly.
Chris Pine is definitely getting better as Captain Kirk, and his character development as the movie goes on shows it without telling you. By the end of the movie if you pay attention to his attitude slowly becoming more caring and more invigorated by being on the edge of his seat once more, added by Krall´s constant challenging of Kirk´s generation and what it stands for, really elevates the character from being one note:¨I´m doing this for my dad¨ to ¨No..i actually want to do this¨ .
Krall is also a favorite of mine and as the movie goes on and the twist is revealed, you kind of feel he´s more as this soldier who can´t quite come into grips with the times, he´s stuck in the past and believes that the Federation´s a bunch of sissy´s for blindly wanting to make peace in times of what should be war. Had they fleshed him out a tad bit more i think the movie would´ve been stronger for it. As far as the other new character Jaylah, her motivation is probably the weakest part of the movie, but thats a good thing. Because shes actually pretty fun to be around and her motivation is just kind of there..but the way the character is portrayed gratifies her role to where i would be happy to see more of her in future movies.
Prior to the movie they made this whole big deal about Sulu being gay, honestly had no one told me he was gay in this timeline i still would never have known. Seriously? Star Trek is the series that created so much controversy for the first televised interracial kiss i kind of was hoping they´d up the ante since they made such a big deal about it. Also, the plot device Krall is looking for just so happens to be in Kirk´s possession because of something completely unrelated to the plot of the movie. I assume it probably has to do with the ongoing comic series but still. Prime Timeline Spock becomes Ambassador of New Vulcan despite being against the Prime Directive of Starfleet to interfere with primitive societies(in which to him this would be one of them) plus he told Kirk and Spock at least once in each movie prior that he would NOT interfere with their predestined lives..although after saying that he did interfere so i mean... I´ll cut him a break because the man did die and it was just made to honor him, but him being an ambassador and dying almost screwed up Kelvin Spock´s pre-determined choices in life to prove my point on why that annoys me. Um....Kirk learns of someones betrayal but despite being constantly asked how he specifically knew who and when the traitor would strike he pulls out a batman and says something along the lines of:¨BECAUSE IM BATMAN¨ (not really but it felt like he said that).
The Fear vs Unity thing is kind of reflective of modern day terrorism, kind of, but it wasn't as fleshed out as it could've been.
And the VERY last scene felt a little forced because they didnt flesh out enough of the plot point that would´ve made it that much more significant.
When the crew uses the Beastie Boys to defeat Krall´s army, It´s absolutely creative and amazing.
This is the Star Trek movie that i firmly believe rivals Wrath of Khan if not surpasses it. It nails EVERY character to perfection and it felt like the show. I was enjoying it from start to finish with nothing but a smile on my face. The action scenes where the crew is facing impossible odds forces them to be very creative and tactful and shows off how clever each member of the ship is, the music is on point, and the ending of Spock´s storyline is perfectly done especially for a fan of Star Trek the Original Series. The tones of Fear Vs Unity, leaving the past behind, being just a fun movie..i even dare say i had more fun with this than Civil War even though i like that movie more.
As a Star Trek fan i give it a well deserved 9/10
Average Movie Goer: 7.5/10
Thanks for reading or skimming. if you´ve seen the movie what did you think about it? King of Geeks Lord of Dorks, signing out with one last message:
WATCH. THIS. MOVIE.