Eight years a go when the first Star Trek movie by JJ Abrams came out, I was quite skeptical. Will it be any good? Will JJ Abrams respect the source material or turn it into something of a joke? As a Trek fan since the original series, I was a little worried. I remember watching the reruns of the first series with my parents when I was just a kid. The first episode aired on T.V. on September 8th, 1966, so it was a bit before my time. I did go see the first movie in the theatres, but I really was too young to enjoy it. I remember watching what seemed like 45 minutes of the camera panning over the enterprise. Again I was young, I watched it again when I was older and enjoyed it. A few years later in 1982 the Wrath of Khan was released and I loved it, well all of it except the ear worm part(shiver). I couldn’t get enough of the star trek universe, I even watched the entire cartoon series. I fell in love with the Star Trek universe and characters. My favorite series is still The next Generation, but the first really has a place in my heart for starting it all. So when I sat in the theatre and watched the first Star Trek I was relieved at the quality and respect they showed to the original. They even had some great cameos. The cast was fantastic and I couldn’t wait for the inevitable sequal. 4 years later on May 17 2013 Into Darkness was released and it raised the bar even higher. I left the theater wondering what a Star Trek series would be like with this cast. So here we are 3 years later and Star Trek Beyond is upon us. So how is it? In a word brilliant.
When I first saw the previews for this movie, I admittedly lost some faith in how good it would turn out. The trailers made it look like a pure action flick, which is ok, but Star Trek has always been something more. Turns out my fears and doubts were unfounded. Yes this movie does have a whole lot of action and it moves at a very brisk pace. I saw it in xtreme 3d and the effects were incredible. The 3D was immersive not overused which I really appreciated. There were a lot of really great battle scenes and some great hand to hand fight scenes as well. Star Trek Beyond has a runtime of 2hr exactly and it went by way to fast.
Star Trek has always really thrived on its characters both good and bad. Star Trek Beyond is no different as it introduced us too two cool new races. The first we see is Krall, a tough as nails alien who wanted nothing less then the end of the world. He was truly intimidating as any good villain should be. I don’t want to go too much into his character story arc, because that would give way too much away. I will just say there was a reason he was so angry, and in some way it made sense. I understood why he was so driven too destroy and eradicate the federation. It cannot be overstated how important it is for the villain to have proper motivation. I have seen far too many movies where you know the villain is bad news, you just don’t understand why he/she is so angry. Satr Trek Beyond nailed it with Krall, you get why he is so vile. Doesn’t make him any less crazy, but atleast there’s something behind his hate.
The other new character was Jaylah a warrior alien who allies with our heroes. It’s a good thing to, because she winds up being very formidable. She was a part of some of the best fight scenes in the movie and definitely someone you want on your side. I loved her story arc and motivation. I hope to see more of this character in the future and could see her in her own movie some day. Her interactions with Scotty were some of my favorite scenes in the movie as was her fight scene with Kralls second in command.
I really enjoyed the banter between Spock and McCoy as well. There was some generally funny moments between the two. With Spocks serious nature and McCoys lack of social grace’s there were many laugh out loud moments between the two. The whole cast was in this Trekkies opinion perfect. There were a lot of really great nods to the old series that I really appreciated. I won’t mention them simply because I want them to be a surprise to you as well, but they were really well done and made sense.
Final Score 9/10
This is a really easy recommendation for me. If you can see it in 3-d, especially xtreme digital 3-d I would pay the extra money, it is really worth it for this movie.
Family Friendly score 7/10
No language or nudity. Lots of violence, not a whole lot of blood. The main villain is intimidating and can be scary for younger viewers. There is also death scenes, which although quick they are still there.