“Star Trek Beyond”- Review:

The USS Enterprise crew journeys into deep space, where there is a new enemy looking to challenge everything the federation stands for.

The new Star Trek films have all been great in my opinion. The 2009 reboot was a blast, setting up the dynamics between the crew and delving into the characters. Into Darkness introduced us to a bad ass Khan. Now we travel Beyond. I couldn’t be more excited for this film. Not having grown up with the old Star Trek, the new trilogy is my final frontier. Pine and Quinto are my Kirk and Spock.

Star Trek Beyond is one of the funniest films I’ve been to this year. The story hooks you from the beginning and you’re along for the ride. Simon Pegg wrote this installment and the story flowed brilliantly. Just enough action, suspense, and laughs to make this two hour running time fly by.

As always this cast is stellar. Chris Pine as Captain Kirk is so layered as a character. Pine conveys his emotions and inner struggle as he goes on the run to rally his crew back together. Zachary Quinto’s portrayal of Spock maybe the most emotional in the film. I know that is saying a lot. Something happens to his character that looms on his conscience throughout the film. Quinto’s performance always reminded you that something was there and he was trying to bury it with in him. Bones, Uhura, Sulu, and Scotty all bring the same flare to the film as they have previously.

The villain of Idris Elba’s Krall is menacing. Elba is world class so his performance being superb isn’t a surprise. He brings such legitimacy to this role. Unrecognizable.

Newcomer Sofia Boutella of Kingsman fame brings her badass exterior to this film as Jaylah. Her exterior and interior couldn’t be so different. Jaylah is such a loving and caring character. It’s hard not to love her. Shes a welcome addition to this team. Never bad to have a bad ass female in your film.

Justin Lin brings it in the directors chair taking over for JJ Abrams. Lin brings his over the top action visuals here and it works for this film. There’s an action sequence here that is so over the top that it’s right in Lin’s Fast and Furious wheelhouse.

There’s a touching tribute to Anton Yelchin and Leonard Nimoy that really gets to you.
It was sweet to see them acknowledged in such a sweet way.

Star Trek Beyond is a great film. I was enthralled start to finish. I’ve come to love this crew and that just grew here. Being a new Star Trek fan, this film made me a fan for life.

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