Film Reviews: Star Trek Beyond

“Star Trek Beyond” is the third installment of the Star Trek reboot. This installment will not disappoint new or old Trek fans as it has the action, aesthetic, plot and humour that any Trek film should have – including a really scary (and pretty ugly) bad guy. Here’s what happens in the film.
A set up attack makes the Enterprise crash-land on a mysterious land they’ve never encountered before. The assault came from Krall (Idris Elba), a lizard-esque leader who continues living by sucking the life out of people. Krall seeks an ancient and valuable artifact, that has the power to kill off entire races at a time, that’s aboard the starship. Stranded in mysterious surroundings, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Scotty (Simon Pegg) and the rest of the crew must do whatever it takes to save their people and get off the island.

This is easily one of the best films out at the moment. It has literally everything you could possibly ask for in a Trek film, emotion, humour, action, really cool (but creepy) lizardy men. Beyond is a genuine triumph for the franchise, you will not be disappointed when going to see this film, whether you’re a Trekkie or not. (Bear in mind I am incredibly biased as a huge Trekkie).
Visually stunning with incredible make-up and special effects, as always fantastic set design, costumes and just generally giving off an old school Star Trek vibe this is possibly the best of all the three rebooted Trek films. The fighting choreography is generally great in Star Trek, it didn’t dwindle in Beyond, still fantastic. The best thing this franchise ever did was allowing Simon Pegg, a huge Star Trek fan and actor of Scotty in the franchise, co-write this film as he clearly made sure it would be a proper fan pleaser.
Great performances all round, however a particular stand out was Idris Elba who plays a FANTASTIC villain, his deep voice really added to the overall evil feel of the character. Another stand out was Sofia Boutella as Jaylah, we saw her perform great action scenes in Kingsman as well, but she really gave her character like in Trek as a type of alien (who I don’t believe have ever appeared in Star Trek before?). Generally just fantastic acting making me believe in an imaginary world. Scotty really held the group together in this film which I thought was ace. It was also nice seeing Spock open up a bit.

All in all this is a great film for old and new fans alike. Trek fan or not, please check this one out. It’s entertaining for all and you might even leave a fan of the franchise as a whole.

Author: Jodie Paterson

I'm Jodie Paterson, a 24 year old Edinburgh based blogger! Born and raised in Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire, I quickly grew a passion for writing, photography and many other creative ventures due to the beautiful Scottish landscapes that surrounded me, and I'm now 5 years in to my blogging journey and still absolutely loving it!

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