Star Trek Beyond 1.0 stars

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File under: Returns, diminishing. Also under: Titles, misleading, as this entry in the rebooted sci-fi franchise is very much a circling back. Justin Lin has taken over the helm from J.J. Abrams, but he’s not about to change course, at least as far as reusing old material goes. So yeah, bust up the Enterprise (in oddly boring fashion), bring on The Enemy Within, work on Kirk’s personal issues, etc. (In case you’re not paying attention on that latter bit, you get three, count ‘em three, iterations of how the Captain is feeling all at sea in the first half-hour.) How much you’ll enjoy it depends largely on why you’re watching. If you like hearing Bones say, “My God!” and “Dammit Jim!” and “Dammit Spock,” you’re good. If you like hearing Spock iron the emotion out of emotional speech for humorous effect, grand. If you like hearing Scottie call a pretty young alien he just met “Lassie” over and over, dandy. And if you like huge, weightless action setpieces interspersed with a lot of standing and talking, you’re in for a treat. But the happiest by far will be those who favor convoluted explanatory speeches from the villain in the closing minutes. 2016.

Matthew Lickona

This movie is not currently in theaters.

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SalULloyd July 27, 2016 @ 2:02 p.m.

" If you like hearing Bones say, “My God!” and “Dammit Jim!” and “Dammit Spock,” you’re good. If you like hearing Spock iron the emotion out of emotional speech for humorous effect, grand. If you like hearing Scottie call a pretty young alien he just met “Lassie” over and over, dandy."

Or if you like a near-iconic character get a gay makeover, your'e good.

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