I guess in this day and age, we expect things in trilogies–or serials at least. But Star Trek Beyond isn’t that. There isn’t a lot of story tie-ins from the previous two films. It’s just the same crew–albeit a little more mature and a little wiser–on a brand new mission.
And as much as part of me wishes that it was like all the other blockbuster franchises these days, I can appreciate the solidarity.
Chris Pine looks like he fits the Captain Kirk mold better than ever as he’s debating whether or not he should leave the Enterprise and take a promotion as Vice Admiral–meaning he would be permanently grounded.
The first 30 minutes are fairly slow, as the film is catching us up with these characters, bringing us to the point where they want us to be.
Then, all of a sudden, the Enterprise ship is ambushed and all but destroyed, killing much of the crew and leaving the rest stranded on some Earth-like planet run by Krall–who’s out to seek revenge on the Federation for unknown reasons.
They actually happen to be very good reasons, but we don’t know them until almost the end of the film. Up until that point, Krall just seems like another generic bad guy with unclear motives–which can come off as convoluted, and even frustrating at times.
But once the ending hits, you realize what’s happening and acknowledge to yourself that it was worth the journey. Even if it’s perhaps because you want it to have been.
The franchise is no longer directed by J.J. Abrams, but he’s still signed on as producer. Instead, it’s directed by Justin Lin–known for many Fast and Furious films. And Beyond has him written all over it. Just the increase in shaky-cam alone.
But I really enjoyed the film. It’s not as well-organized as Abrams’ previous 2 installments, but it’s fun and intriguing and has you on the edge of your seat. I’m excited to see what’s next.