Before I Say Anything Else, Let Me Start By Saying I Respect That They Dedicated This Film To Both Leonard Nimoy, And Anton Yelchin (Checkov)
Leonard Nimoy Was One Of My Favorite People On The Planet, And Spock Was My Favorite Character In The Original “Star Trek” Shows And Films
And Anton Yelchin Was One Of My Favorite, If Not My Favorite Part Of These New “Star Trek” Films. He Was Just A Very Special Talent.
STAR TREK BEYOND… IN REVIEW
Let me start by saying that preview above, sadly, was much better than the actual Film.
When I originally saw the preview for this Film (I think it was a different preview than the one above, which is actually pretty good), I actually didn’t think that it looked like it was going to be very good… But, as time has gone by, once I saw it was orderable, I’ve kinda wanted to take a look. Partly because I liked the first two Reboot “Star Trek” Films, partly because it’s a “Star Trek” Film.
The Writing; After watching this Film last night, I knew it would be a challenge to try and explain what appeared to go wrong overall with this film. My biggest suspicion, was the Writing. Followed by possibly the Editing, and lastly the Directing.
That in mind, I thought I’d start with the Writing in determining this.
The First And Second Reboot “Star Trek” Films were written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, who appear to have been working together for a long time on such films as “Tranformers” I and II, and “Cowboys And Alians”.
They were also joined by Damon Lindelof on the Second Reboot, “Star Trek Into Darkness”. He also worked with them on “Cowboys And Aliens”, and also was one of the writers on “World War Z”.
All of these were decent films, though their efforts in “Star Trek” Reboots were probably better.
Writing this Third Reboot Film, “Star Trek Beyond”, was Simon Pegg (The Actor who plays Scotty in the Reboot films), and Doug Jong. Both of them have previous writing credits (Most notably “Shaun Of The Dead”, which Simon Pegg Co Wrote)
I’ve never seen any of either of their work… I’ve only heard that “Shaun Of The Dead” is funny.
All I can say is, this film felt very sloppy, and disjointed.
Though there were some good concepts here and there, for the most part the whole thing felt like “Then this happened… Then this happened… Then this happened,” with no sense of… Solidity I guess… Still difficult to explain, lol
One very sad thing I will say is, J. J. Abrams (Along with everyone else involved with the First Two Reboots) did a great job of reinventing the Old/Original Star Trek Characters, and making us look forward to their new Adventures.
But this third film not only took the Original 1966 Characters for granted, it also took the New 2009 Rebooted Characters for granted.
Which I gotta say, is really sad for the Actors, even more so than the fans of Star Trek.
And it makes me wonder how each of them actually felt about this film.
But that info. is probably impossible to find out there, as I guess there’s a Sequel to this latest film already planned.
The Directing; It’s difficult for me to discern how much of the issue with this Film was the Directing, how much was the Writing, and how much was the Editing.
I know they all played a part.
The only film I’ve seen that Justin Lin Directed was “The Fast And The Furious Tokyo Drift”.
I actually liked that film. Though I admit, I really liked a couple of the actors, and I love Tokyo at night.
Still, it wasn’t bad.
I’m curious to hear what people think in regards to how much of the problem was the Directing, and how much was the Writing in this film… But I suspect the Writing is the main problem.
Editing; All I can say is, something was off… But maybe it had to do with the Content/Shots they had to work with, or just bad Writing, or unintuitive Directing… Really hard for me to put my finger on it.
What can I say, the Acting was good… Admittedly, some of them seemed a bit off sometimes… But I suspect that had to do with either the Writing, or Directing… Really hard to say… But their efforts were consistent with the First Two Reboot Films.
Like I say, the Acting was good, but as I mentioned above, I do feel that how well they developed the Characters in the First Two Reboots was taken for granted in this film… The Cliche’s, if you will, became multi layered… Leaving a feeling that you were only seeing the shell of these characters. Sorry to be repetitive, but Writing, and/or Writing and Directing.
And the New Character Jaylah (Sofia Boutella), wasn’t an issue as I feared from the preview… If anything, I felt she had to kind of be in ‘neutral’ during some of the film, because either the Writing or Directing just wasn’t good enough.
It’s important in reading this article/post that you realize, I’m not Writing this to ‘Slam’ the new film, the Writers or Director… I’m just an extreme admirer of the whole “Star Trek” Franchise, and so every film, and series is important to me.
That said, lets face it, J. J. Abrams isn’t exactly easy to replace. And though he did Produce this Third Reboot, he did not Direct it.
We all know he shifted from the “Star Trek” Franchise to the “Star Wars” Franchise, and there’s a chance that “Star Trek Beyond” may have paid the price…
Though, I’m definitely not slamming him for that… In my opinion, he has successfully Rebooted both the “Star Trek” and “Star Wars” series.
In truth, he’s such a busy, and highly demanded guy, I doubt he would have Directed the Third Film anyway…
Final Thoughts; I was terribly disappointed in this film. In fact, even the ‘hey it’s just a movie, have fun watching it’ factor wasn’t quite enough to keep me watching the whole thing… The main reason I watched the whole thing was so that I could do this post to be honest with you.
And the main reason I did this post, is because I know they can do a lot better than this film… Because I’ve seen them do it, for one.
What can I say, I’m a Writer, and I’m a Filmmaker… And this Film left me very unsettled.
One last thing, I really do want to give credit to those involved because it was obviously a behemoth of a film to Produce.
5 Stars Out Of 10
Check it out, and let me know what your opinion is