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QUICK REVIEW: Star Trek Beyond (Spoiler-Free)

22 Jul

Howdy ladies and gents how’s it going? Today I’m here to finally review Star Trek Beyond, a film that I’ve been cautiously optimistic for a while now. So yesterday I went to Cineworld for a film triple to check out Star Trek, Into Darkness and Beyond, and I LOVED having the chance to see the 2009 film in the cinema again, and it was also rewatch Into Darkness for the first time since 2013. However it was so annoying how the projectionist messed up the image twice for around 10 or so minutes on the first two films that totally ruined my immersion, but luckily Beyond‘s screening was fine. Now I loved the first film and Into Darkness I liked at the time, but have since become a less interested in it, but now its time to pass judgement on Beyond! πŸ˜€

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So the story can be described as the following:

“The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.”

I thought story was interesting was pretty good because it felt smaller in scale but still had all the right amount of importance, drama, adventure and action like that this series has become known for. This film was a lot more thought-provoking, intimate and character-driven than before. I also appreciated how this film really got into explored the life and times of the Enterprise crew and got into the psyche of the main characters and fleshed out their personal lives too. And while there were certain elements that I predicted, it was still a fairly entertaining story that felt very in line with the 60’s Star Trek TV show and had some nice references to the past for long-term fans.

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The cast all did an admirable job in their roles. Chris Pine was great as Captain James T. Kirk, I appreciated how he’d matured from the previous films and started to feel the weight of being the captain of his ship. Equally good was Zachary Quinto as Spock, it was interesting to see him such a different mindset and in a vulnerable state, but luckily he still provides some really great humour through his Vulcan demeanour.Β  It was great to see Karl Urban again as Bones as he felt like the voice of reason and had some of the best humour, seeing Simon Pegg back as Scotty was great as he some really funny and important moments. I also liked how Zoe Saldana had more to do in this film as Nyota Uhura, John Cho was also really good as Sulu, and finally out the returning crew, Anton Yelchin as Chekov was delightful and had some cool moments, and it was both great and saddening to see this film after Yelchin’s death. This film also continued to illustrate the wonderful friendship and banter between the main Enterprise crew especially with Kirk’s connection to Spock and Bone. As for the new cast members, Idris Elba as Krall was fairly generic and uninteresting at first, but by the end of the film he became a more interesting character with extra layers of depth, and Sofia Boutella did well as Jaylah, for a character I didn’t expect to like she had a lot of great comedic and badass action moments, plus her motivation and interaction with Kirk’s crew was great.

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When it comes to the presentation was pretty solid. Visually the film was large in scale with some good cinematography, nice and thrilling action sequences, and cool hand-to-hand combat. Though some of the CGI looked a little lacking in detail though I’m not sure if that was because of the 3D glasses). And finally Michael Giacchino returns for the film score, and brings such a bombastic and charismatic sound that was consistent with the previous films, though I believe this soundtrack lacked the intensity and style that I loved his work with the first and second film.

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In conclusion Star Trek Beyond was a pretty good film and was much better than I expected, and while it may not be my favourite in this new set of Star Trek films, it was certainly a good session. I recommend this for sure. πŸ™‚

So are you going to see Star Trek Beyond and if have you seen it what did you think of it? Also what’s your favourite film out this new trilogy so far?

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Posted by on July 22, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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5 responses to “QUICK REVIEW: Star Trek Beyond (Spoiler-Free)

  1. lauren

    July 23, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    I’m glad you thought this was good as I’m going to see it this weekend. I’m hopeful about it. I really enjoyed the first two films (although not so much the second time around for Into Darkness) so I hope this is good. It’ll be sad seeing Anton Yelchin’s Chekov for the last time. It was really sad hearing about his death and he was so young too!

     
    • Hypersonic55

      July 23, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      Hi Lauren, thanks for commenting Lauen. Yeah I totally hear ya about Into Darkness, I kind of accepted it more the second time round, though I still don’t like it as much as the first. And yeah Anton was a lovely dude and it sucks that he’s gone considering his age. I hope you’ll like it, I look forward to your review! πŸ˜€

       
  2. Anna (Film Grimoire)

    July 25, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Nice one Curtis! I loved the first one but never saw Into Darkness. I’m looking forward to seeing this one!

     
    • Hypersonic55

      July 26, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      Thanks! Can’t wait for your review yo! πŸ˜€

       

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