Star Trek Beyond (2016) – Encore Review 3

“There’s no such thing as the unknown, only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood.” – Captain James T. Kirk

Number of Times Seen – 4 (26 Aug 2016, 6 Jul 2017 and 9 Mar 2018 and 19 Sep 2019)

Link to original reviewHere, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – While on their 5 year mission, The Enterprise is on their way to a short vacation on a new space station, when they are asked to intercept a distress call in a dangerous area of space.

My Take on it – As a fan of most science fiction films and franchises, I love the rebooted version of Star Trek so much.

The cast is perfectly chosen for these iconic roles and they work so well together in all three of the adventures that we have seen them in so far.

This film is able to once again bring us a very thrilling and interesting story that allows the characters to shine throughout.

This film makes a wise choice of separating the characters into small groups that are different from what one would expect in order to help us see how they all work so well together no matter what constellation they find themselves in which strengthens the fact that they have all become quite close to one another during the course of their long mission in space.

They do an excellent job dealing with the fact that such a long range mission can become quite monotonous over time since not everything that they do or encounter along the way have thrilling aspects to them.

The movie shows that the various crew members, officers and even the captain can become quite weary on such a trek and that it is extremely normal for these kind of things to happen in the vastness of space.

The special effects are once again superb and enhance the way that they tell this story as it looks really realistic in all that occurs along the way.

The film’s main villain tho is a bit weak even though the way that they present his motivations and his back story are fascinating to learn as things move along.

The action scenes are quite thrilling and fast paced and work really well in raising the stakes of things while also keeping the suspense level quite high.

It was great seeing this cast together probably for the final time and this is somewhat heartbreaking since they work so well together.

This entire trilogy is really fun to watch and despite this film being slightly weaker than the previous two installments, it still does justice to the franchise and creates such a poignant look at space travel.

Bottom Line – Once again, they are able to bring us such an enjoyable story for these characters to really shine in. The film does a great job of separating the crew members into teams that we are not necessary used to in order to help show how close they all have become over the course of their mission.  Love the way that this film deals with the monotonous effects of such a mission that can be weary on the crew members, the officers and even the captain as time moves along. The special effects are once again spectacular and they really allow us to see how a story like this can be enhanced even more by the way that they present the effects. The villain is a bit weak even if his story and motivation is quite fascinating to find out. Great seeing the cast together again probably for the very last time which is unfortunate because they work so well together. The action scenes are fast paced and work really well which helps make this trilogy so much fun to watch even if this film is slightly weaker than the two previous installations. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Simon Pegg revealed in a press conference that the character Jaylah was inspired by Jennifer Lawrence in the film Winter’s Bone (2010). “We were trying to create this very independent character, but we didn’t have a name for it,” Pegg said. “So we just called it ‘Jennifer-Lawrence-In-Winter’s-Bone.'” “That’s a long name,” the writer and actor joked. “So it started getting tiring always saying, well Jennifer-Lawrence-In-Winter’s-Bone is fighting here. So then we started calling her J-Law, and then she became Jaylah.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)


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