Simon Pegg (aka, Scotty) co-wrote this script. You can sort of tell because Scotty got a meaty role out of it. Not that he wasn’t good at it. He definitely delivered.
The breakout star though was Sofia Boutella who plays Jayla. Her character was fresh and charming, and steals every scene. You might also know her as the villainous Gazelle from The Kingsman.
I was expecting more from Idris Elba but I thought the script limited him to stereotypical bad guy. That kind of talent deserved better.
If I had one qualm about Star Trek Beyond, it’s that I felt it was a little preachy. The Federation subscribes to unity and peace while Krall (Elba) believes war and struggle make us strong.
It’s a common trope, the life blood of Babylon Five if any of you remember that series. That might be fine in the early 1990s but in 2016 it comes off as a dull story line. I can argue philosophy all day long but when I go to the movies I want to be entertained.
Still, the characters we know and love are all there, made even more bittersweet by the touching and elegant tribute at the end of the movie to Leonard Nimoy and Anton Yelchin.
The story revolves around the Enterprise getting tricked into a rescue mission by a ruthless soldier bent on retrieving an artifact that’s more than it seems. It’s up to Kirk to reunite his crew and save themselves and millions more.
There were so many instances when a simple beam out, or more logical steps should’ve been taken to reach a solution. Instead, they threw in a lot of contrivances to keep the story going.
It wasn’t a deal breaker because in the end it was an enjoyable movie, but as a writer, I can find plot holes in my sleep.
The plot didn’t have the headiness of the first two movies, but it’s still got all the Star Trek goodness and the camaraderie we love.
Once a Star Trek nerd, always a Star Trek nerd. It will go in my dvd collection when it comes out.
Have you seen Star Trek Beyond yet? Are you a Star Trek fan?