Sunday, March 18, 2018

MOVIE REVIEW: Star Trek Beyond is Slow, Funny and Visually Stunning

( It is incredible how many Pokemon appeared in this flick…. Just kidding, but now that I have your attention… As surprised as I would have been to see Pikachu in space, I was even more surprised at the fact that this flick isn’t as action packed and explosive as I was expecting. It does have some VERY impressive action sequences where the director (Justin Lin, Fast & Furious 5 and 6)  does a masterful job at capturing the many things  that are going on at once in a way that makes sense and is visually spectacular (except in some parts where there are some shaky-cam scenes). However, the focus is clearly on the relationships that have been formed between the members of the crew of the Enterprise and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

This is mostly a warning to those who are expecting a non-stop action adventure and might be disappointed that instead, they’re getting a slow burn, character driven film. This third entry of the rebooted Star Trek franchise is A LOT slower that the two previous Star Trek films. I wasn’t bored or anything during the movie but I will not argue at all with you if you say YOU were. The film has plenty of nice nods to the original films that I’m sure old and new Trekkies will appreciate. It feels like the movie was made with lots of love and respect to the source material while still being entertaining enough to please casual moviegoers. Kudos to co-writer and star Simon Pegg who delivers the funny and clearly has a passion for all things “Trek” and understands that not only Vulcans, Romulans and Klingons are going to watch this flick.

I give this the “Checky™ Seal of Approval”. It almost didn’t receive the “Seal” because sometimes it feels like the movie drags a bit. The way the bad guys’ ships are destroyed is silly BUT, I will admit that I am not familiar with how intergalactic vessels are designed and whether or not they could be defeated by alternating their flux capacitors or whatever. The look of the movie is gorgeous (I regret not watching it in 3D) and the music is very powerful. There really isn’t something extremely bad about the movie (except for the aforementioned pace) but I feel like it needed an extra bit of “Oomph” in order for it to become something BEYOND just an entertaining journey that you should walk, not run, to the theaters to watch. Specially if your eyes and ears have been good to you lately, then you should let them enjoy this as a treat.

So, what did you think of Star Trek Beyond? Do you agree or disagree with me? Which flick are you checking out this week? What is your favorite space movie? Let me know in the comments below. Have a great day at the movies, don’t forget to save me some popcorn AND… Live long and prosper!




About Ezequiel Torres

Ezequiel T is a Translator with a lifelong passion for movies who has been reviewing them for years and watching, discussing and sometimes making them for as long as he can remember. When reviewing them, he has a simple way of recommending a good movie by giving it The “Checky™ Seal Of Approval!” which is due to his childhood nickname. He currently lives in Victorville, CA with his wife of 10 years, Joanna.

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