Star Trek BeyondCultureCinemaMovie reviews
The new Star Trek Beyond is breathtaking with remarkable cinematography and special effects, which should be enjoyed on a huge IMAX screen. Directed by Justin Lin and written by Gene Roddenberry, the film is an impressive continuation of the much loved series.
Exhibiting a somewhat retro style, reminiscent of the classic TV show, the actors actually look like the original Star Trek personalities, particularly Zachary Quinto as Commander Spock who, once again, recreates Leonard Nemoy’s Spock with perfection. The director has evidently endeavored to keep the characters as close to the originals as possible, with a few changes, such as Lieutenant Uhura’s (Zoe Saldana) romantic relationship with Spock, and the addition of Sulu’s (John Cho) male partner and child. Chris Pine portrays well a convincing, likeable Captain Kirk, and all the cast do an impressive job.
In terms of the movie’s plot, however, similarities to the original series are fewer; this sequel veers into edge-of-your-seat action movie territory, with much fighting and violence continuing throughout. However, the true Star Trek essence is maintained via the characters, their wit, their unique spirit of mutual loyalty and courage, and the extraordinary sets and special effects – particularly stunning is the space city Yorktown with its amazing eye-popping design. Another addition to Star Trek Beyond is its humour, the entire film slightly tongue-in-cheek, even during its most harrowing scenes, of which there are many.
The movie does have a certain typically Hollywood formulaic tone to it, but anyone who loves Star Trek will forgive that as the plot is riveting, the production is very entertaining, and we do love the characters; characters who manage to barely survive unimaginable near-death situations again and again with aplomb. When Captain Kirk ponders appropriate action during a tough situation, Spock responds “we will do what we have always done, Captain. We will find hope in the impossible”. And the impossible they do achieve.
As a thrilling, fun, visually dazzling sequel to a beloved classic, Star Trek Beyond is an epic adventure that should not be missed.
Star Trek Beyond is released nationwide on 22nd July 2016.
Watch the trailer for Star Trek Beyond here: