WARNING: Star Trek newbie here, so I may not really know what I’m talking about. Here’s my review of Justin Lin’s Star Trek: Beyond.
Let me start by saying that this is my first Star Trek experience, EVER. It’s my first time to delve into the Star Trek universe. I’ve never watched any of the films and I’ve only heard of the names Kirk, Spock, and the Enterprise but have no knowledge of who or what they are and what they do, so the thought of entering this universe, which I know nothing about, was a bit daunting for me, but to my surprise, I really enjoyed it. There’s a lot in it to keep you interested, add to that the exceptional use of CGI, the right amount of action, and the sense of humor blended nicely. Director Justin Lin surely knows action, as he keeps the scenes intense, yet still kind of fun.
Can’t really say anything about the cast & their characters, but Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg and the rest of the cast all gave great performances. It’s also the first time I’ve seen the late Anton Yelchin act, and I think this film is a fitting tribute to the late actor. I’ve only caught glimpses of him in the remake of Fright Night (which I didn’t watch in its entirety). Karl Urban, on the other hand, was unbearable to watch, in my opinion. I’m not sure if it was the way his character was supposed to speak, but he way he delivered lines was just bad, he really hammed it up here. I’m also not sure if he had a different accent, but he was just trying so hard to sound American it turned out terrible.
Star Trek: Beyond does a good job of balancing the fun and action, with a bit of humor here and there. The excellent imagery and solid production are just added bonuses. The story stretches a bit, but it keeps things pretty entertaining so you won’t really mind. For a Star Trek newbie like me, I enjoyed it very well. It looks like I’m gonna have to start watching the rest of the films.
My Rating – 8/10