The more I think about it the more convinced I am that (most) people should run out and see STAR TREK BEYOND. Why did it take me a week to get on the horn about this? I was truly concerned that I might be irresponsibly throwing a pink cloud all over it because I really, really wanted to spend time with these characters and the actors who portray them. There's been so much ugliness both on and off the big screen this summer that it's refreshing to see old friends amble about in a futuristic world sans dystopia. It's well...pretty.
The plot is comfortably the same in every Star Trek movie: An entity is attempting to destroy practically every living thing and the world can only be saved by the Starship Enterprise and her crew. And speaking of the Enterprise, man, perhaps no identifiable object has been destroyed on film more often than the flying city/workplace we've come to know as the Starship Enterprise--not even the White House. It gets scrambled like eggs in this version as well in a spectacular fashion.
One of the grounding themes of the narrative is mortality. So the fact that we've lost two of the actors that make up the Star Trek family (Leonard Nemoy and Anton Yelchin) since the last time we spent time together, brings extra pathos and sentimentality to the experience that the film-makers couldn't have dreamed of. Yes, I wept twice.
What has always anchored the pantheon of Star Trek are the beautifully drawn, lovable characters. I cannot think of a better instance of such perfect recasting of a beloved series, TV or film. They're all good, but in particular, Zachary Quinto is inspired as an infinitely sexier "Spock".
Let's be clear: Nothing that new or unusual happens here--it's comfort food. STAR TREK BEYOND is like re-riding one of your favorite theme park rides after a refurbishment. That can be a sweetly sublime experience and so can this movie if you raise your arms and let it take you.
(Loudinni specializes in movie reviews under 500 words, sans spoilers.)