Here at Cinema Soapbox, we strive to make our movie reviews consistent, consistently good, and for them to be applicable to our readers. Every movie review will have the same five questions answered.
This week in movie review theater, we will be answering questions about Star Trek Beyond.
Did you make it to the end of the movie? Yes, Star Trek Beyond is a more than worthy entry into the new Star Trek’s trilogy. First of all the movie is fun. Chris Pine and the gang always have done an excellent job at not only remaining faithful to the original characters but blazing their own trails as well. This movie is no exception as it continues to examine the relationship between Kirk and Spock. Three years into a five-year voyage through uncharted space, Captain and First Mate are entering their veteran years and as such are looking towards what the future holds for both as grizzled old vets. Kirk has now surpassed how old his father was, and with that he reflects on if whether or not he’s lived up to the old man’s potential. Spock on the other hand still holds New Vulcan in his heart and longs to contribute to its reconstruction. It’s an interesting dynamic between the two characters. They question what the other would be without each other.
The movie’s ruthless warlord of a villain, Krall, is played by the outstanding Idris Elba. He does a wonderful job portraying the mysterious villain who is hell bent on proving to the federation the peace and unity only breeds weakness. I feel he could have been fleshed out a bit more. His motives are a bit petulant and murky, but then again I think JJ Abrams wanted to simplify the plot a bit from the previous series’ entry.
The plot is pretty straight forward and I can dig it for the most part. I don’t think they fleshed out the "how and why" Krall is able to command such a large fleet that is capable of overtaking a state-of-the-art federation space base, but I’m easy so we’ll just go with it. It’s always a treat watching Chris Pine as James T. Kirk and the entire crew as well. They add a great new member in Jaylah (Sofia Boutella, from Kingsman: The Secret Service) who is a bad ass alien chick who looks surprisingly sexy with such pale skin and tribal face tattoos. This summer has had some bad, and I mean BAAAHHHDDDD movies, so I appreciate the effort in this one, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a fun summer flick.
Would you be embarrassed to see this movie with your mom? Not at all. My mom is a Star Trek fan and I’m sure she’ll love this one as well.
What drink would pair the best with this movie? I think a nice rum punch would go with this movie. Something colorful and festive to go with the vibrant terrain they are often in during the film. The movie’s action packs quite the punch as well. (see what I did there?)
If you replaced the main actor with one of his/her contemporaries, would it be better or worse? Worse. This cast is what made the first such a smash hit that bred both these sequels. To be honest all 3 movies have had huge plot holes and pacing problems. But the cast is the glue that holds this mess together, and it’s a fine mess.
If you see this on cable 3 months from now, do you stop to watch it? Most definitely, this movie’s mix of humor and action spawn a great Saturday afternoon time-wasting couch coma. I can’t wait to add it to my Blu-ray collection when it likely comes out this holiday season.
Overall Rating: 7 out of 10 stars
Stephen Gipson is a writer and contributor for Cinema Soapbox