Star Trek : Beyond

The third entry in the J.J. Abrams Star Trek franchise opens this weekend and as far as fun summer blockbuster fare goes, this one hits the spot. I admit I wasn’t totally sure about seeing this one based on the less than ambitious trailer, but I’m glad I did see it. Chris Pine returns as Capt. James T. Kirk as he helms the Enterprise and her crew through another amazing space adventure. He feels the weight of his command and at a point where he questions what he’s doing with his life, an alien creature is found and she needs help. In their effort to help, the Enterprise is attacked by a formidable force led by a warrior known as Krall and he seems to have an intense interest in destroying The United Federation of Planets. Stranded on an alien world with no ship, no weapons and no idea what they’re up against, Kirk and company pull together and set out to stop the bad buy, and save the galaxy in the process.

The returning cast slip into their roles with ease and exhibit the same palpable chemistry that has made the previous two films so successful. Once more Star Trek fulfills Mr. Roddenberry’s vision and shows once more a future where people live together in peace despite their differences. A universe where humanity has finally reached a point where we realize that we are all the same under the skin and we all strive for peace and work towards a future for all. The diversity in the movie is slipped in so easily and casually, you wonder why the real world can’t work like that.

Some highlights of the script, co-written by Simon Peg who of course also portrays Scottie, is the back and forth between the logical Spock and the hot headed Bones, making them a team up that can’t be beat. Chris Pine shines as Kirk. Handsome and daring, a worthy successor to Shatner. Speaking as someone is not a hardcore Star Trek fan, I enjoyed this film, although I have to note there did seem to be a certain decrease in enthusiasm overall in the movie. It’s hard to pinpoint, but maybe the actors or some behind the camera are feeling static in the franchise and there may be call for a shake up in the future. The action is fast and keeps the pace of the movie going. Nothing too jaw dropping I must admit, but on the whole this seemed to be a smaller story compared to the last two films. The film is full of novel ideas and innovative concepts that I’m sure will be built on more in the future and at its core, it was a true Star Trek tale that both fulfilled some expectations while surpassing others. If you’re a fan of this franchise I doubt you  will be disappointed. Don’t expect too much from this as it doesn’t hold too much emotional weight, as it seems many on the crew are settled in their roles and much of the drama born from the first film has leveled off. Could be better, but that’s what the fourth movie will be for, right?

Audience: Packed house at this show and there were a few whispers and chatters, but on average, a well behaved group. One woman sitting a seat away from me seemed to feel the need to comment on all the story points as they occurred on the screen which kind of drove me nuts. Just watch the flippin’ movie! We have no more information about the thing than you do! And a big crossed fingers goes  to the patron who didn’t turn off their phone and it started to ring. I mean, come on! Is it so much of a chore to mute your phone? Is it!? Overall though, they will live. Until next time!