Director: Justin Lin
What’s reasonable to expect from a summer blockbuster? That’s the question that Star Trek Beyond (terrible title) asks. No-one’s asking for a life-changing cinematic experience. I’m guessing that no-one from Suicide Squad, STB or Bourne are going to trouble the acting and directing Oscar nominations. They’re virtually critic proof these things (see Suicide Squad’s abysmal reviews and solid numbers). Firstly, does it provide an entertaining couple of hours. No question that STB delivers. The interplay between Urban, Pine and Quinto is mellowing into a very likeable trio number. Put any two in a scene and there’s something to listen to as well as watch (whereas Bourne is a virtually silent movie experience, 258 words and all). Secondly,can we see where the money went? UNquestionably. It’s not just about blowing things up. Though there’s plenty of that. The 360 Simcity in spaces, Yorktown, is gobsmackingly beautiful, a fragile and vast snow globe with millions of people inside. Chief villain Idris Elba’s fleet is a twisting, turning school of fish that in its ultimate manifestation becomes a gigantic tube wave rolling like a Big One off Hawaii. Thirdly, does it respect the franchise? There’s some very neat ideas – we first see Kirk three years into the five year mission, bored with the inky vastness of space like some Trident commander beneath the Atlantic. He’s even flirting with giving it all up for some shore post. There’s a nice nodto the late Leonard Nimoy, and many other nods to the fanboys – if you can look past Simon Pegg’s laughter-free Scotty. Several reviewers have remarked how much it feels like an extended version of the original TV series, which is not necessarily a bad thing.
And yet, and yet..spoiler alert so I’ve put my thoughts on the plotting it’s reasonable to ask a summer blockbuster to deliver.
Review recovered from my clipboard after the outage yesterday…always backup kids.
Might appeal to people who enjoyed:
The reboot 1 and 2, Trekkies more generally, people who want a big blockbuster but don’t want Bourne or people in tights.