Movie Review: “Star Trek Beyond”

Last night I saw the new Star Trek movie. I was excited because in addition to loving Star Trek, I really enjoyed the 2009 J.J. Abrams film — it was an awesome action movie with a great origin story and character arc for Kirk. However, after the debacle (is that too strong a word?) that was its sequel, Into Darkness, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this new movie Beyond.

For one thing, it’s changed hands — Beyond is directed by Justin Lin (best known for Fast and Furious movies) and co-written by Simon Pegg, who was in the previous films and is also a longtime Trek fan. Though I wasn’t sure what to think of Lin, I wanted to believe in Pegg’s fandom, and I watch all of his movies anyway.

Now that I’ve seen Beyond, I have to say that it’s the best of the three new Star Trek movies, even if it doesn’t exactly shine. It feels like it can’t decide whether it wants to be more of a Star Trek movie or more of an action movie, so it walks a tightrope between the two that may not make it the most memorable or exciting movie the world… but hey, at least it keeps its balance.
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