Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Star Trek Beyond

Nothing but easy entertainment, that is what the Beyond monicker on the latest Star Trek movie is about. That is, if you haven't gathered that already through the meaningless slogan ("Beyond" what?) or the facts this movie is directed by a Fast & Furious veteran (Justin Lin) and was co-written by Simon Pegg. But hey, my job is to point the obvious out; unemployment sucks.
Fun and funny but nothing more, Beyond shows us how the current incarnation of the Enterprise crew smashes yet another Enterprise (it appears that, with the movie, Paramount buys them at Costco for a dime a dozen). But it is all worth it in order to save a massive Citadel like multicultural space station from an evil enemy that is clearly a One Nation / Brexit / Trump supporter.
References to Leonard Nemoy's real life passing are blatantly plastered all over the place, Anton Yelchin earns a well deserved caption tribute at the end, and Sulu is revealed to be gay; but, much more interestingly, we are introduced to the character of Jaylah (Sofia Boutella), an Asari, who wins the day and the movie for our distraught crew.
Overall: Pure entertainment can only get you so far. 2.5 out of 5 spaced crabs (Spaced? Pegg? Remember?).
Closing note: In case you didn't get it, I'm suggesting Beyond borrows a lot of its ideas from Mass Effect.

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