Monday, July 25, 2016

Star Trek Beyond

So today I went to see Star Trek Beyond with my step-sister and step-brother-in-law.

Overall, it is a solid movie.

While the plot has holes in it that you could steer the Enterprise through, the great special effects, and more importantly the cast interaction and chemistry really makes the movie.

Without giving too much away, the MacGuffin the bad guy is searching for is rather underwhelming, especially compared to the effort he has put into obtaining it and it's rather meh compared to what he already had. How he got it was impressively unlikely, and how he came to be the bad guy is a massive leap of wtf-really?, as is a rather huge list of other improbables.

Once you suspend your disbelief to the plot holes, the characters are the main drivers of this story and the crew of this Enterprise does not disappoint. There's some real chemistry with this bunch of actors and it works to save what would otherwise be a rather ho-hum plot driven by special effects.

Keeping true to the Star Trek canon, it's still really bad luck to be wearing a red shirt unless you are Scotty. The Spock stuff is starting to veer a bit, but again, it works.

Don't expect any earth-shattering or particularly deep messages, but if you like Star Trek and want to enjoy a decent experience for your movie-going entertainment dollar, Star Trek Beyond will fit the bill nicely.

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