Star Trek Beyond Movie Review
The crew of the USS Enterprise has survived each other and became an unstoppable team. They have encountered and survived Khan. Now, they go above and beyond, to the very reaches of space, where they find their greatest challenge yet: Krall, a being that feeds on the energy of others to prolong his own life.
The story was excellent and the moral lessons clear and precise. The impressive writing is part of what keeps a movie flowing fluently, and this film does so remarkably. The humor isn't forced, but fits each situation in which it's presented perfectly. Simon Pegg has proven himself to be a wonderful writer as well as an-all out nerd that truly cares for the Star Trek universe both old and new. The character development is what truly stood out. We see Spock and Uhura growing closer, Kirk and Spock becoming the close friends that they are meant to be, but more interestingly, a connection beginning to flourish between Spock and Bones.
The acting was far superior to the previous films. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto almost felt at home in their roles as Kirk and Spock respectively. Anton Yelchin, God rest his soul, gave us one final great performance as Scotty, and John Cho showed us a new side of Sulu that we haven't seen yet.
The most impressive part of the film, however, goes to the visual effects. The battle scenes and the makeup/costumes were all so fantastic. If they hadn't shown Idris Elba as a human later on, you never would have guessed who he was portraying. His accent was superbly done, catching his character's sinister attitude and dominating the role. But the one who truly stood out was Sofia Boutella as Jaylah. Not only was she very good in her role, but her look was so perfect that you could swear that was her real skin and hair.
In conclusion, this film surpassed my expectations with flying colors. I don't know if we'll see a fourth Star Trek film, but even if we don't, Beyond led into the original series perfectly. We almost don't need anymore films, but I would certainly welcome them as long as the quality continues to remain as fantastic as it has been with these three origin films.
© 2016 Alec Zander