The third film in the rebooted Star Trek franchise is slick, fast, and action-packed. Justin Lin brings his directorial flair to Beyond, and Chris Pine brings a new dimension to Captain Kirk. James T. Kirk is evaluating who he is and why he’s doing what he’s doing. Is he only a shadow of his father? Or is he his own person? Seeing Kirk evolve and mature was an integral part of the film, and I felt closer to the character.
Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana brought their A games as Spock and Uhura, respectively, while Simon Pegg was charming as Scotty. Sofia Boutella was an absolute badass as Jaylah, and I hope to see more of her in the future. Another standout was Karl Urban as Bones. He brought wit and humor to the film, injecting fun into serious moments and quickly becoming one of my favorite characters of the film. Finally, Anton Yelchin was sweet and wise as Chekov, and I left the theater with a lump in my throat realizing I wouldn’t see him reprise the role.
Idris Elba’s villainous Krall was a sufficient villain. Was he as memorable as Benedict Cumberbatch’s Khan from Into Darkness? No, but he gave an admirable performance and brought chaos and malice to the crew of the Enterprise.
I absolutely adored the visual aesthetic of the film. The world of Beyond is bright, airy, and shiny. The environments looked incredible, and the different alien species looked good, for the most part (there were a few iffy looking characters). Also, the addition of Beastie Boys songs to the soundtrack gave the film a little extra punch.
Bringing Simon Pegg on as a writer was a genius move. This is the funniest Trek movie to date, and it benefits greatly from the humor. This is the least gripping film in the trilogy in my opinion, though. It didn’t grab me like the previous two films did, and there wasn’t as much of a sense of danger or suspense.
Overall, this is a fast, fun, polished sci-fi film, and a worthy entry into the Trek saga. If you’re a Trekkie, set your phasers to stun and have Scotty beam you up to go see this film ASAP. If you’re new to the franchise or aren’t a fan though, this movie won’t change your mind or get you into the series.