2016 is the 50th anniversary of the launch of a tv show called Star Trek, a show that has endured and inspired several generations, and what better way to celebrate this milestone than with the newest instalment…Star Trek Beyond.
“Captain’s log. Stardate 70021.4 Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its fifty year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.
Chris Pine is back as Captain James T. Kirk in this, the 3rd of the rebooted films and the 13th in the Star Trek Film Franchise. This time J.J. Abrams has handed over directing duties to Fast & Furious helmer Justin Lin, with Simon Pegg writing the screenplay as well as reprising his role of Scotty.
The trailers show the Enterprise being destroyed (a regular theme in the Star Trek movies) and the crew abandoning ship.
As expected the action and set pieces are spectacular and Pegg brings the right amount of humour to the movie, so much so that a 4th film has already been announced.
The villain for Beyond is Idris Elba, who is menacing in his portrayal of Krall, though you might not recognise him seeing as he spent over 3 hours each morning in the make up chair having the prosthetics applied that will see him become another new villain in the Star Trek universe.
Pavel Chekov has become a fan favourite thanks to Anton Yelchin’s portrayal of the much loved navigator, sadly Chekov will no longer be seen on the bridge of the Enterprise after Beyond as actor Anton Yelchin was killed in a tragic accident in June. But as a nice nod to the actor, J.J. Abrams has announced that the character of Chekov will not be recast and both Anton and Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy both get a touching credit at the end of the film.
So all in all Star Trek Beyond does not disappoint, even with a new director in the chair rather than J.J. Abrams. This is a great action and adventure film with enough nods to the original series to keep the Trekkies happy but without losing the interest of the new viewers who are perhaps experiencing the world of Star Trek for the very first time.
Star Trek Beyond is a fun, action packed blockbuster that really will entertain and is a fitting way to mark the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. Will you be going to see it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments