The resurrection of the Star Trek franchise has been uneven to say the least. Into Darkness was met with a lukewarm reception but those same fans may feel differently about it’s successor, Beyond.
Star Trek Beyond feel like a direct response to the criticism of the aforementioned Star Trek Into Darkness. A movie which was maligned for feeling far too removed from the Star Trek universe, for it’s focus on standard Hollywood tropes. And whilst the initial Beastie Boys trailer for Beyond may have had you thinking more of the same was to come, the third outing does it’s best to wrong those rights.
Stranded on a hostile planet after the famously unsafe Enterprise is destroyed yet again, Capt. Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the Enterprise crew face an alien threat. What ensues is a good old fashioned adventure story, with Pine, Quinto & Urban (Bones), the heartbeat of the story. The trio share plenty of screen time together and unlike previous movies, feel like they have a real bond.
Surprisingly, the movie stumbles with it’s big bad. Played by the (usually) brilliant, Idris Elba, Krall feels like an uneven antagonist. His motives and screen time are usually played out on the periphery making the movie feel slightly lightweight when it comes to stakes.
A lot of worry of course surrounded Justin Lin when it was announced he would be the man to direct the movie. This is of course the person who reinvigorated the Fast & Furious franchise by making it even more over the top. But Trek fans need not worry, as the director handles the movies softer moments with all the care and respect that they demand, without being shy to let the action rip when needed.