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Star Trek Beyond Movie Review

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It’s time to talk about a movie I was excited for in name. The first trailer for Star Trek Beyond didn’t really get me excited, but I still really wanted to see it, and I actually really liked the past two trailers as well as the poster. I think Justin Lin did a fantastic job turning the Fast and Furious series around to being big action-packed thrill rides, so when JJ Abrams left the series, I thought it would be in pretty good hands. I don’t think that anyone would have an easy time taking over for one of my favorite science fiction directors in JJ Abrams, but I’ll let it happen so that he could take over Star Wars. I also really love the cast of this series, and I think they all have amazing chemistry, so I wanted to see what they could do, and I was ready to have some fun, so let’s talk about it!

Star Trek Beyond is directed by Justin Lin and stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Sofia Boutella, and Idris Elba. After The Enterprise is boarded and crashes into a mysterious planet, a villain of another species named Krall makes it very clear he wants to take a weapon from the ship and use it for diabolical reasons. With the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise split up all over the planet, they must figure out how to reunite and defeat Krall who has proved to be someone not to mess with and takes the lives of others to give himself energy.

Man I liked this movie! I really liked the first Star Trek in 2009, and I think that Into Darkness is okay. I really liked this movie! First of all, all of the characters and members of the Enterprise are absolutely phenomenal in this movie. Each and every one of them gets awesome moments, and all of them have so much emotional depth. The hi light of this movie, for me, was the interaction and banter between Spock and Bones played by Zachary Quinto and Karl Urban respectively. As two of the main members of the Enterprise, we haven’t had their relationship reach this level yet, and their back-and-forth is awesome to see. Karl Urban and Zachary Quinto both are so great in their roles, and I loved every moment they were on-screen together. I also thought that Chris Pine brought it again. This is probably his biggest character yet, and once again, he kills it. I really believe he is the captain who is going to do whatever it takes for his crew, and he has tons of emotional and awesome character moments. I also really liked Sofia Boutella in this movie. She was amazing in Kingsman, and she is awesome in this movie. She also has amazing character building moments, but she can also holder own in any fight she is put in, and with the science fiction elements Star Trek brings to the table, she only gets cooler. I can’t wait to see her join the crew in the rest of the series. I also thought that Idris Elba was incredibly scary as Krall. We’ll talk a little bit more about him later, but in the second half of the movie he goes from killing machine to killing machine with depth and a heart-wrenching story that would make people question their ideals, so by the end, it is easy to see his side of the story. I loved all of the back-and-forth between characters, and I figured I can’t finish this review without mentioning that Anton Yelchin was also awesome. He was one of the biggest young talents in the industry, and if this movie doesn’t make you realize how big of a tragedy it was to lose him, I don’t know what will. Simon Pegg was also phenomenal, and I can’t just credit him as an actor because he wrote the screenplay. The screenplay is one of the reasons this movie worked so well for me and had so much depth.

My first problem with the movie was that the villain, played by Krall, is kind of weak in the first half of the movie. We don’t get much screen-time with him, but he is pretty weak and seems to only be concerned with domination,which isn’t something new and fresh and would make us see why we should see his side of the story. He completely picks it up later in the film, so it is mostly forgiven. Next, though I thought that Justin Lin did a good job with the action, I think that the first action scene lasted a little bit long for me. It definitely wasn’t a bad action scene, but it kind of droned on for me, and it took me out of the movie just a little bit.

Overall, I would definitely suggest checking out Star Trek Beyond because it is an amazing amount of fun. It is another extremely enjoyable summer blockbuster that is also a great movie, and that is so nice to see. This movie has plenty of creativity and depth, and that propels the story to points that the ordinary summer blockbuster doesn’t get to. It has that perfect meld of action and character that I love to see in my space adventures and big-budget action movies. I thought that the banter between Spock and Bones was fantastic, and it was one of the best things about Star Trek Beyond. Sofia Boutella was amazing as her character of Jaylah, and I can’t wait to see more of her. Just the interactions and relationships between all of the characters are enough to make me love this movie, and I’m going to give Star Trek Beyond an 8.3/10.

Will you be checking out Star Trek Beyond this weekend? Comment down in the comment section and let me know! What is your favorite film of the new Star Trek trilogy? Mine is probably still the first film, but I do like Star Trek Into Darkness, and I really liked Star Trek Beyond! Earlier this week I did get chances to check out both Ice Age: Collision Course and Lights Out, so be sure to check out my reviews for both of those! Also, I will be bringing a redux review of Batman v Superman now that the Ultimate Edition is out, and that review will have a giveaway, so be sure to check that out! As always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!

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Justin Lyons

Hey, it's Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at movies@pulseradio.fm