So what is Star Trek: Beyond about? That is the question. Like W.A.L.L.E., the crew is aboard a ship, supposedly for five years, to investigate the weirdness of the universe. James Siberius Kirk joined on a dare; Spock joined to live up to the expectations of his father, who he has just found out has passed away. Kirk misses his family a little. Well, one day a strange mistress from uncharted space says that her planet was attacked, and the crew ends up ambushed themselves by these swarms of ships that look like those miniature Gorg ships from Home. What are these aliens after? They, along with leader Krall, are after a type of gear, or type of key, that Kirk tried to show off and was rejected, something apparently quite valuable...and dangerous.
Now, the film starts off a little slow, and the seats made me a little nauseated at first, and these characters were ones I didn't care about too much...except for Chekov, played by the tragically late Anton Yelchin. But once the ambush happened, well, what can I say? Everything changed. The ambush scene on the ship is quite crafty. It shows the ship is quite sturdy considering how many blows it can take, and yet how it isn't sturdy when the wings come off. But I think for older Star Trek fans, it will work well this way because they've probably grown to appreciate this ship, sort of like The Technodrome for Ninja Turtle fans...if people ever cheered for the Shredder. Also, since it's in outer space, the special effect team seems to have had a lot of fun making the ship flip upside down and inside out like the hotel scene from Inception. It's also more intense than a lot of attack scenes I've recently seen, because, well, in outer space, if you leave, you die. Another supremely fun scene is when Kirk uses this technology that reminds me of the Double Team Pokemon move, and utilizes it for some mighty entertainment value.
Also, these high-budget films always somehow find a way to have funny moments, and this time their moments of humour seem novel, especially when Leonard McCoy makes fun of the jewellery Spock gave to Nyota, and it was a clever enough story addition. Sofia Boutella also shines as Alien Jaylah, who steals every scene she's in, not just with her incredible makeup but her ferocious eye gesture behind her CGI eyes. There's a mission involving a prison, and she's really afraid to go back considering she barely escaped with her life, and we see both sides of this argument. I personally sympathized with Jaylah since I've read the Escape from Furnace series.
Now, I think that the movie's only real downside is I didn't think it had as much of an emotionally gripping core as it thought it did. The villain didn't make much sense and apart from Jaylah and the case of the ship being blasted, there was nothing that will make anyone shed a few tears or really have any drive for discussion. But this is minor. Of course it is. It's a Star Trek film, and what I came to see were the special effects and the action. And on that note, it really fits the bill. Not to mention there is a surprisingly rocking soundtrack it doesn't use just for comedy but still works as comedy.
Star Trek: Beyond is a very refreshing film, one that's simply action packed and pleasantly bonkers. It isn't as good as Captain America: Civil War or Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but it still has the vodka for a good time at the movies.