Patrick’s ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Review

‘Star Trek Beyond’ may not be the most cerebral, scientific ‘Trek’ but it has heart… A whole lot of it.

I think it’s safe to say that feelings of anxiety over the third installation in the franchise were at warp speed after the first trailer was released back in mid-December of 2015. A second trailer calmed some fears, but a new director, scaled-back budget, and a lackluster release for ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ still had many fans expecting the worst…

Rest assured, ‘Star Trek Beyond’ is not as bad as you might think. In fact, the first few minutes feel more honest, and genuine than anything we’ve seen from this cast to date.

The film begins with Captain Kirk explaining just how routine the Enterprise crew’s five year mission has become. Out of respect for your own movie-going experience, I won’t go much further than that when it comes to spoilers, but what i will say, is that Star Trek Beyond is thrilling and absolutely beautiful to look at!

The Enterprise (which has been modified a bit in design from the first two J.J. Abrams films) is absolutely radiant and is so detailed that the nerd in me can’t wait for the movie to be released on Blu-ray just so I can pause the screen!

If you’re a fan of all things ‘Star Trek’, there are several heartfelt moments that will make your eyes water. (I kind of cried at one point, I won’t lie!)

Michael Giacchino’s score is more present this time around too, and will remind you at times of the original series. (Pay close attention during the Kirk fight scenes)

This is NOT however, your parent’s ‘Star Trek’. Co-writer Simon Pegg (Scotty) and Director Justin Lin infuse ‘cool’ and ‘hip’ throughout the film through the use of music, motorcycles and often times, forced humor. Third time’s the charm; It’s definitely “Beyond” what we’ve seen for the franchise on the big screen before.

‘Star Trek Beyond’ opens Friday, July 22nd.

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