Rev: Star Trek Beyond

A short review:

B+

IMHO as a veteran Trekker, despite the limited character development of the villain and perhaps being a bit too short, Beyond is one of the top five Star Trek films, ever. Beyond is also among my five favourite 2016 movies, along with Spotlight, Deadpool, Zootopia, and Captain America: Civil War.

This film is best experienced in IMAX and D-BOX.

Budget: $185 million

Box Office: $198 million

What?

I’m not sure why people aren’t watching this film, the best of the J.J. Abrams Star Trek films and certainly the best film this summer, in droves.

Lots of people I have spoken to have mentioned that the first trailer, the one with “Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys, was a turn off. These were exactly the same people who went to watch Suicide Squad because the trailers for it were “cool.” Others have cited the limited advertising as a sign of poor faith from the studio. A few mentioned how they hated Into Darkness, now, though it was supposedly cool when it was released (a la The Dark Knight Rises), and how past events will sway their decisions in the present. Still more have mentioned the glut in special effects-heavy but story-crappy films this 2016 that have just turned them off, like Batman v Superman or Ghostbusters. Lastly, though nobody said it openly before the film opened but I have just read it now on another website, but some people just won’t watch it because the new Sulu is gay. Really, Sulu’s sexual orientation is such a minor point in the film derived from a progressive social liberal media franchise that something else must be afoot, here, undoubtedly sfx heavy or tentpole film oversaturation.

But do yourself a favour and watch it.

P.S. Yes, I believe that the shoulder pads in the field uniform jacket and the tactic that saved the day were inspired by Macross.

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