Sunday, July 31, 2016

Review: Star Trek Beyond

That's right, I made it to the theatre twice in one weekend. That hasn't happened since before my son was born. But the wife and I were lucky enough to snag a sitter and go see the new Trek, because we're fans and all.

Star Trek Beyond is the third in the rebooted spin-off universe, and although well received by critics and fans, it isn't exactly tearing up the box office. Why, you may ask? I know I do, especially after seeing it.

Fellow movie fan Ryan T. Gelley said this is his favourite Trek flick, and I'm almost inclined to agree with him. It's certainly the best of the new series, and better than any of the Next Generation movies. I'd easily put it up there with Wrath of Khan and Undiscovered Country.

The blockbuster appeal of the Abrams films is alive and well, but screenwriters Simon Pegg and Doug Jung manage to make the film feel like an extended episode of the original series too. This is just another adventure during the five-year mission -- no more, no less. And I love that!

I also love that Pegg and Jung brought back the series' exploration of the human condition and sense of hope and positivity (is that even a word?) that Gene Roddenberry made sure his series embodied fifty years ago. Big questions are asked here about one's sense of purpose and mortality, and it gives weight to an otherwise action packed sci-fi adventure.

The banter fans enjoy between Kirk, Spock and McCoy is alive and well too. Just in case you were worried. Plus there is a touching, final farewell to the great Leonard Nimoy that put something in my eye and made me want to cry or some shit. Wanna fight about it!?!

Oh, there's a profound use of the Beastie Boys' Sabotage, but trust me, it works. A crowd-pleasing moment if ever there was one.

Yeah, Star Trek Beyond rates a Good. Please, cinematic gods, let this franchise live long and prosper!

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