for me, this film felt the most like the original series out of the rest in the AOS series! having the crew stranded on an unknown world, separated, and trying to find their way back to each other - nothing feels more 'star trek' to me!
A perfect blend of action, comedy, adventure and what makes Star Trek, Star Trek.
As a trekkie I was not disapointed, it had me laughing, touched and captivated just like I was as a kid watching Star Trek.
This is by far the best movie in the Trilogy. It sticks to star trek ethos and manages to be entertaining at the same time
Diving into the world of Star Trek is like wearing a piece of familiar clothes for me and probably many other people of all ages such is the sweep of the many television shows over the years. The new movie incarnations are grounded in the Kirkverse and rebooted to suit modern audiences by using the ‘different timeline’ trick in the first film.
It must be said that the actors choose to replace long familiar roles have done such a good job that the joins are almost unnoticeable from the originals. In fact, I’d say they are seamless, nothing seems trite or forced and it is a joy to see the bickering between McCoy [Karl Urban] and Spock [Zachary Quinto] still front and centre and pitch perfect.
The film has a good premise with the MacGuffin of the distress call and angry enemy giving an excuse to split up the well-known crew members into different pairings and giving them new dynamics and problems to play off.
So far so good. In-jokes clearly dropped in by Simon Pegg play well with one in particular being a laugh-out-loud moment. The action sequences are nail-biting and exciting, albeit that you know none of the A-list crew are going to die but also this is the film’s problem too.
Idris Elba as good as he is, and as great a screen presence, is given little to work with. His character’s motivation seems a bit puerile and flaccid and dropped in to create necessary conflict rather than a carefully thought out villain with understandable motivations and actions. Likewise, the character, Jaylah, played by Sofia Boutella, starts off as an interesting, if convenient, character to drop into the world of Kirk and co. but ends up diminishing to virtually nothing as the film proceeds. Her reward for more-or-less saving the whole world? She gets to wear mini-skirts in Star Fleet Academy.
Along with the pointless villain some set points also blandly disappointing, I’m not sure loud rock-music being deemed as ‘classical music’ is a funny, clever or original as the writers think and big plot devices lying around – motorbikes for instance – are hardly surprisingly used ten minutes later. The whole motorcycle rescue was silly and to me stuck out like a sore thumb.
The final ‘action’ scenes seemed too long and full of gaping plot holes that any great movie villain would have exploited instantly.
The film moves swiftly along and is directed with expedience but throughout I felt the need to appeal to younger ‘non-Star Trek cinema-goers’ was a corporate directive on a memo somewhere. Like all Star Trek films it was entertaining, riddled with ‘huh’ plot-holes and ultimately a bit silly.
Star Trek Beyond was rumoured to be a trouble production with Simon Pegg drafted in basically rewrite the whole film at short notice. I’m sure he was under pressure and did the best he could and whilst I felt comfortable watching the film and was happily on familiar territory if the Star Trek movies keep going in this direction they are not going to get much further than the beyond.
They jumped on the motorcycle, but lost balance and toppled off it – in front of everyone.
I can't relate to people writing that this feels like TOS all over. Frankly the new movies are fine, they are fun to watch and the actors are great... however it never felt like watching Star Trek VI in the cinema. Still a fine movie!
Simon Pegg should do all the Star Trek scripts from now and on. This installment was the first since the reboot I actually enjoyed, plenty of action with characters you at least care somewhat about and want to see more of. The use of Beastie Boys was silly and fun, reminded me of the more lighthearted 80s Star Trek. I hope this is a direction future films in the series will continue with.