Well, I finally made it out to see Star Trek Beyond. I was very excited in my Spock uniform, but I came out of the film with quite a bit of disappointment. This film is not a terrible Star Trek film, but it is definitely my least favorite of the reboot series. With a new director, Justin Lin's take on the franchise falls short of exciting and leaves a dry storyline hanging on the edge of the Star Trek universe. This is a film that in my mind will be forgotten because of its lame script and lack of ethos.
Unlike a lot of the other Star Trek films, the crew is split into groups for most of Beyond. Each of the characters are stuck in a different circumstance. Spock and Bones have the best written parts courtesy of Simon Pegg and the other writers. The other characters just muddle along trying to solve their isolation problems. Credit should be given to Sofia Boutella for her portrayal of the badass alien, Jaylah. It is also interesting to see that Jaylah surprisingly is not forced into any sort of love story with any of the crew. One other addition to the cast is of course the great actor, Idris Elba. Elba plays the big bad guy in this one with his performance as Krall. Unfortunately, the character is a lame villain who struggles to captivate an audience. Elba feels wasted in the role and stuck with a character that is powerful but dumbed down with desolate backstory.
One thing that I have to include in this review is the fact that this film is still comparable to the original series. The story feels episodic, but lengthened into a feature film. There is a massive score, graphic excellency, and detailed effects. Really, it is a beautiful film with some obscure shot angles. The story just is forgettable and emotionally destitute. By the end of the film, I no longer care about the characters that I have grown to love. It is going to take a lot of backtracking for me to enjoy the next installment as much as I enjoyed the first two films!
The Bottom Line: Most of the technical aspects are what we expect from the reboot series, but the story is lame and muddled down with a boring script.
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