Starring: Chris Pine, Zachery Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba
Plot: The crew of the Enterprise, now deep into their 5 year mission, exploring uncharted space encounter a deadly threat that could mean the end of the federation.
‘To Boldly go where no one has gone before’ that’s the classic Star Trek tagline right? Well, this time round we drop in on the Enterprise crew doing just that, out in the depths of deep space, 3 years into their 5 year mission. The crew is a little frayed and burnt out by their prolonged time in space, none more so than Kirk, Chris Pine delivering a brilliant monologue over a montage of day to day life on the Enterprise, brilliantly written by cast member Simon Pegg, who takes over screenplay duties on this film.
The storyline rumbles along at a pace that is satisfying and doesn’t overstay its welcome and most importantly it was massively fun showing that Simon Pegg knows his Star Trek. This feels like a good old fashioned Star Trek adventure, strange new worlds, alien races and much daring do bundled up in frantic, energetic action sequences which are in abundant supply. There really are some fantastic set pieces, the opening and closing 30 minutes being up there with the best of the new run of films and containing some pretty breathtaking spectacle, in particular a space sequence and a certain song by a hip-hop 3 piece that makes the pulse quicken a little more and may even illicit a ‘f**k yeah!’.
The assembled cast are all on point again, along with a prodigious scenery chewing turn from Idris Elba as the villain of the piece. There was a nod to the sad passing of Leonard Nimoy that made sense in the context of the series and felt right, not shoehorned in but an actual facet of Spock’s story this time round, very well handled. This film also marks another sad passing of the wonderful Anton Yelchin as Chekov, it is hard to imagine this present cast of the franchise without his onscreen presence or even another actor taking over a role that Yelchin succeeded in making his own, worthy of standing alongside that of original Chekov, Walter Konig.
At times the films approach did feel a tad ‘style over substance’ but i really didn’t mind that much, too much fun and too much shiny to really be bothered by that on this film, I think that was mostly down to the direction style of Justin Lin who’s is very able with spectacle and big explosions.
Beyond is going to do well in the box office, we are going to get another instalment and I for one can’t wait, because if it is this fun, it can’t come soon enough. I defy you not to leave the cinema when the credits roll without a bit of a daft grin on your face.