What I’m Watching: Star Trek Beyond

This month, in lieu of a book review, I have a movie review, since a) I loved this movie and b) I haven’t read a book recently to review . . . oops. *ahem* And movies are stories, too, right? I figure it’s good to do something different once in a while.

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Information for Readers Viewers:

Genre: Science Fiction/Action-Adventure

Age Level Rating: PG-13

Extreme Content? Yes; there’s quite a bit of violence, including one torture-ish scene my family fast-forwarded through, and some swearing. Also, one character is gay, but it’s fairly subtle.

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The Story: After visiting the new Starbase, Yorktown, the starship Enterprise responds to a distress call that leads them into a nebula–and under attack by a fleet of small alien ships that tear the Enterprise to pieces. Destroyed, and with most of her crew captured, the Enterprise crash-lands on a nearby planet. Now Kirk (Chris Pine), Chekov (Anton Yelchin), Doctor “Bones” McCoy (Karl Urban), Spock (Zachary Quinto), and Scotty (Simon Pegg), split up, must find a way to free the rest of their crew and stop the nefarious Krall (Idris Elba), who is behind the Enterprise‘s destruction, from wreaking havoc on the Federation.

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The Characters: There are a lot of the same characters as in the first two alternate-universe Star Trek movies, like Kirk, Spock, Bones, Chekov, Sulu, Uhura, and of course, Scotty. There are also some new characters, mainly Krall and Jaylah (Sofia Boutella), a marooned alien girl who befriends Scotty. All of them were well-developed and well-rounded, and most had major parts to play in the film. Initially, I thought Krall was a bit of a stereotypical pure-evil villain, but that changed near the end, which made a nice twist. I also really liked Jaylah (let’s face it, I’m a sucker for woman warrior characters), and the rest of the crew, but as always, Scotty was my favorite. He always has the best dialogue and the funniest reactions to things, and Simon Pegg does such a good job. I just love Scotty. 🙂

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Scotty and Jaylah


The Writing (and Filmmaking): I’m not much of a film critic, but I thought this film, like the first two in the series, was beautifully done. The computer-generated sequences are really nice, and the filmography (I think that’s the term) just sucks you in. It’s quite engrossing to watch.

The writing, too, was excellent. My little writer brain got all excited watching this movie, because I kept noticing foreshadowing and plot twists and payoffs on earlier foreshadowing and things like that. Plus, the dialogue was on point, and I didn’t feel there was too much infodumping in the form of contrived dialogue. It was just really satisfying to see the story unfold.

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And Spock and Bones get stuck together, which makes for interesting interpersonal conflict.


Overall: Star Trek: Beyond was  a really good movie. Definitely recommended! (And watch out for future movie reviews! I rather like this format. . . .)

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There’s also this fun scene where Captain Kirk gets to ride a motorcycle. There’s a lot going on in this movie.


Have you seen Star Trek: Beyond? What did you think of it? Who was your favorite character? If you haven’t seen it, do you think you will? Tell me in the comments!