March 7, 2017

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, et al

I've never really understood the battle of Star Wars vs. Star Trek. They're so different from one another, why can't people just enjoy both?

That said, I've never seen a single episode of the original Star Trek. I have, however, enjoyed all of the films in this reboot. I like Zachary Quinto as the sociopathic Spock, I like the nod to Geoge Takei with the casting of John Cho as a gay man, and I'm a fan of Simon Pegg pretty much all the way around. The only thing I question is whether they could have updated the crew outfits a bit...

So here is another successful chapter in the franchise. It's action-packed, it's exciting, and caps Chris Pine's rebellious-brooding-thing just before he ruins the movie. Is it predictable? Sure, but I don't demand a lot aside from accurate accents and good visual effects. The make-up looks realistic and the science-y technology in the film is cool enough I am transported to a future of zipping around different galaxies like it's NBD.

Besides, after all the doom and gloom of the other Oscar nominees, it's nice to take a mental break and appreciate some well done escapism.

Final word: Finally, a franchise I'm not sick of. Yet.

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