Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella
Directed by Justin Lin
2016 / 122 Minutes / Paramount Pictures

I was never a big Star Trek fan back in the day and to be honest haven’t really even seen a lot of the older films or television series, but I have really enjoyed this reboot. It feels more open to mainstream audiences and isn’t just for the hardcore fans. A big credit goes to the cast as well, they have a great chemistry together and I think are a huge reason why this reboot has been successful. Can you picture anyone else in these roles? Anton Yelchin will surely be missed in the future films.

This third instalment of the reboot is a big improvement from the last film, Star Trek Into Darkness which wasn’t bad, but certainly wasn’t as entertaining or enjoyable as the first one. Star Trek Beyond has some great action scenes and a memorable villain played by the brilliant and unrecognizable Idris Alba. I think that’s where this series can lose me. If the villain isn’t interesting or unique in some way I tend to lose interest. I can’t even remember the villain in the 2nd one.

One thing I really enjoyed was the new character Jaylah, she added to the cast and brought a new energy and life to it and I found myself really interested in her character. I also was very impressed with the homage to Leonard Nimoy throughout the film. It was a nice touch and worked well within the story.

Overall Star Trek Beyond was a fun ride with only a couple little bumps. There were some slow moments in the beginning and some corny bits scattered around, but nothing bad enough to ruin my experience. For someone that’s not a Trekkie you’ll have a good time. This one made me excited for the next one.

Note: I would avoid the 3D version. I found it nauseating and distracting to the movie. It wasn’t necessary at all.

Grade B

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