Director: Justin Lin
Release Date: July 22, 2016
Summary (from IMDB): The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.
A surprise attack in outer space forces the Enterprise to crash-land on a mysterious world. The assault came from Krall (Idris Elba), a lizard-like dictator who derives his energy by sucking the life out of his victims. Krall needs an ancient and valuable artifact that’s aboard the badly damaged starship. Left stranded in a rugged wilderness, Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the crew must now battle a deadly alien race while trying to find a way off their hostile planet.
Review: 4 out of 5 Dogwoods
All of the main cast members are back from the first two films for the third installment of the Star Trek series. Missing from the line-up is director J.J. Abrams, however, Justin Lin did a great job! Visually, Star Trek: Beyond was a summer blockbuster delight. I did not see the movie in 3D, but I definitely think it would be worth the extra dollars to see it in 3D.
Star Trek: Beyond goes back to the basics with the Enterprise’s famous ‘five-year mission’ to explore the unknown regions of the universe. There is no reference to Star Trek Into Darkness, so if you missed the second movie, fear not – you can easily jump into the third movie without missing a plot line beat.
The film finds the crew trapped on an alien planet with the Enterprise destroyed and out of commission, threatened by a mysterious foe who is plotting the demise of the Federation. The choice of the Beastie Boys’ ‘Sabotage’ for the trailer “connects to the story of the movie”. No spoiler alert needed: the use of that song in the film was fantastic.
Beyond that, the real star of the movie was series newcomer Sofia Boutella. Not only is her character Jaylah a total badass with great fight scenes, but she brings both emotional depth and fantastic comedic timing to the film.
All-in-all, I thoroughly enjoyed Star Trek: Beyond. I highly recommend seeing it in theaters on the big screen, and I would even recommend seeing it in 3D. It’s not the best film of the year, but it’s a good time for a Star Trek fan.
RIP Leonard Nimoy and Anton Yelchin.
Normally, my reviews end here, but I had a weird exchange at the movie theater when I went to see Star Trek: Beyond that I think is worth addressing.
Sunday afternoon, S and I went into the movie theater lobby – he ran off to get us drinks and I waited for him by the ticket stub counter. While waiting on S, the theater employee working at the ticket stub counter (a female) asked me if I was going to see Bad Moms. I replied no, and then she asked if I was going to see the new Ghostbusters movie. Again, I replied no and told her I was seeing the new Star Trek movie. She was shocked; we’re talking the kind of shocked that results in wide-open-mouth gaping. S came up to me and we proceeded to give the employee our tickets. The employee very snarkily asked if S was the reason I was going to see Star Trek. And bless him, without missing a beat, S replied, “No, Sarah is the reason we’re going to see Star Trek.”
This exchange really bothered me. I felt both shamed for being a geek girl, and shamed for being a fake geek girl. In this one interaction, I felt it was implied that I was only attending the new Star Trek movie to appease my male boyfriend because there was no way that I could be a geek girl and a fan of Star Trek.
Newsflash: There is no such thing as a fake geek girl.
There are only two things necessary to be a fan of something — enjoyment derived from the media and a self-identification as a fan. That’s it. There isn’t a certain number of comic books you have to read before you’re a real superhero fan. You don’t need to have watched every piece of Star Trek media ever produced to earn the right to wear that T-shirt. There are no fake geeks, just people with varying levels of interest and investment in a subject.
Why is it that women are automatically assumed to be faking an interest in science fiction or comic books? What would be the purpose of doing that?
Oh yeah… to attract men! Because everything women do is for men! (Note the tone, dripping with sarcasm.)
This is sexism, at its finest.
Sorry, but women actually invented both superheroes and science fiction! The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emma Orczy, published in 1905, was the first instance of a masked hero with extraordinary skills and a secret identity. Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley in 1818, was the first work of science fiction which shaped and defined the genre as it exists today. These genres were created by and continue to attract women.
So, ladies, the next time someone accuses you of being a fake nerd remember to live long and prosper because girls can be nerds too.
P.S. Want to check out some other nerdy lady bloggers who also review movies? Then venture over to the Sci-Fi Lady Nerds.