Would Justin Lin make my favorite Star Trek crew members faster or more furious?
Yes, but it may take a while. And, well, maybe a little.
And in the case of Star Trek Beyond, the work of the director of the Fast and Furiousfranchise turned out to be a pretty nice touch for James T. Kirk, Spock and the gang.
Lin took over from J.J. Abrams for this 13th installment of the Star Trek movie series in the 50th anniversary year of the space travel story that started for me in my living room with dad Frank, dutifully watching William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy play Kirk and Spock every week.
And the this script co-written by Simon Pegg (who plays Montgomery “Scotty” Scott” and Doug Jung recaptures the feel of those TV days, I thought sitting in a fairly full Regal Cinemas theater for a 4:10 p.m. Friday showing at Syracuse mega shopping, dining and entertainment complex Destiny USA.
This is the third film in which this cast takes on younger versions of Kirk and his faithful crew in an altered state of reality – younger versions of their prior movie selves.
Chris Pine as Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock have the Yin and Yang of those two down pat, the zealous, charismatic Enterprise leader and taciturn, pragmatic Vulcan tactician sidekick playing off each other’s strengths and hiding — maybe not even seeing — the weaknesses. In fact, all of the main crew has the needed chemistry for this original TV series fan to sign on, with Pegg’s brogued Scott and Karl Urban’s rogued Bones and Zoe Saldana’s bold Uhuru and John Cho’s schooled Sulu all-in for the Federation. There was a particular soft spot this afternoon for Chekov, well-done by Anton Yelchin in his last role before getting killed this year in a car accident.
They battle evil masterminded by Krall, played to a big chill by Idris Elba. He sends high-tech bees to cripple the Enterprise, separate the crew and strand them on a desolate planet. Some meet Jaylah, played wonderfully Sofia Boutella, an interestingly-skilled being whose family was done wrong captured previously by Krall’s bad army. Jaylah hangs Scott with his Montgomery Scotty name, and on they go to prove unity has its place in the universe and good will trump evil.
It all feels pretty low-tech. TV-like almost. Chummy.
But then they have to escape and save all. When Lin’s chase scenes kick in before the cheers, tears and moral ending, buckle up!
Are you more of a fan of Kirk’s Enterprise or Picard’s Next Generation, and why? Are you more of a fan of Shatner-Nimoy (RIP) Kirk and Spock or Pine-Quinto, and why? Are you more a fan of car chase scenes or space chase scenes, and why?