Star Trek Beyond was released on the 21st of July this year and after watching it in the cinemas it is easy to see how it gained its popularity and success so far. Having never been a big fan of the original Star Trek series, I found myself oddly drawn to the 2009 release. Now with Beyond being the franchises third instalment, they have successfully introduced Star Trek to a new generation who had been previously disenfranchised by its highly stereotyped past. Directed by Justin Lin and with returning cast members such as Chris Pine as the infamous Captain James T. Kirk, Zachary Quinto as our beloved Spock, Karl Urban as the cynical Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy, and Zoe Saldana as the inspiration that is Nyota Uhura, this instalment promises to once again deliver what the 2009 reboot did so successfully.
The movie takes the viewer with the Star Fleet crew as they are completing their five year exploration mission. When recruited on a rescue mission to an unexplored planet, the crew is attacked by the movie’s villain Krall, portrayed by Idris Elba, and trapped on that planet.
The film incorporates dramatic and exciting action with a humour that makes it very entertaining to watch. It still surprises me when I laugh out loud in the cinema to one of these films, I just never expect to get that from a Star Trek Film.
A major highlight is the strength of the relationships between actors, many of whom have returned for this film. Being the third film in the franchise all of the actors have had time to flesh out their characters and make them their own, providing the audience with believable bonds and relationships.
In saying that, the character that stood out the most within the film was newcomer to the franchise, Jaylah, played by Sofia Boutella. She was funny and strong while still having a heart breaking backstory. I hope to see her character continued in the fourth instalment.
Following the lead of other highly successful franchise reboots such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic World, Star Trek Beyond seems to have fallen flat in terms of the storyline and having stuck to a basic formula. The aesthetics of the movie work well to draw the viewer into the film and make the impact of the plot flaws minimal. The plot itself is not awful in any way and the movie is able to achieve everything that it sets out to do.
The action and effects all but make up for what the film lacks in plot. It’s littered with fast paced scenes and yet the climactic finale manages to outdo all of them.
While it may have its flaws, Star Trek Beyond is a highly enjoyable film which is capable of engaging even the most cynical Star Trek critics.