Star Trek Beyond – How does it compare?

After having posted a review of the Fantastic Four and Batman v. Superman, it’s a pleasure to be posting a review of Star Trek Beyond. Last night my wife and I went to the movies. The choices for us were Suicide Squad or Star Trek Beyond. My wife’s a big sci fi fan, and moreover, she’d read some reviews of Suicide Squad and the one that really stuck with her was that the movie failed to understand how to make the villains really the protagonists. Not wanting to waste a rare date-night, we went Beyond.

StarTrek2While I enjoyed the first JJ Abrams Star Trek movie, I really didn’t like the second one. It was a wasted opportunity and blah blah blah.

Beyond isn’t a deep movie, it’s a fun movie. It’s about the camaraderie of a team, and about everyone being inventive and committed in the movie in order to save the day. Even though it’s classic in every way, it was oddly refreshing given the movies of the past several years. And no, the Force Awakens doesn’t get to be included here.

Kirk and Spock both have their personal journeys that are well laid out in the beginning and are concluded in a way that you really buy. The nice thing about this is that it gives the movie a secondary purpose which I won’t say anything about, other than to say that it’s there and that I appreciated it.

If you’ve got the time, it’s worth seeing. If you’re more into books, well…

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