Star Trek: Beyond Review (no spoilers)


It’s All About the Characters

Star Trek: Beyond is the third installment of the rebooted Star Trek franchise. JJ Abrams doesn’t direct the film but handed the reigns over to Justin Lin. He directed three of the Fast and Furious movies and the second season of True Detective.  Simon Pegg and Doug Jung wrote the film after Robert Orci left due to creative differences with Paramount. Star Trek: Beyond excels and expands on character development of members of the crew. The film has had a tragedy surrounding it as Anton Yelchin, Lt. Chekov, died in motor vehicle accident before the movie’s release.  Leonard Nimoy, the original Spock, died last summer and the film is dedicate two both actors who play fan favorites.

The crew of the Enterprise is in the third year of their five year mission. The crew seems to be happy and be enjoying each other’s company despite being away from their different home planet. Kirk and Spock are conflicted though and are considering different options. The crew visits a new Star Base but it is interrupted when they receive a distress call. Kirk and his crew come to the aid of the call but are attacked by a deadly enemy.

Star Trek: Beyond has two minor weaknesses. The weakness is the first act is a set up and build up for the second act when the conflict really gets going. However, the first act (like 20 minutes) isn’t bad. They are entertaining 20 minutes because the audience is introduced to a new alien species and the comradery between the crew. The first act is definitely entertaining. The other minor weakness is the villain. He doesn’t get enough screen time to have interactions with key members of the crew. Star Trek: Beyond does explain the villains motivations which is a bright spot. The film so many bright spots.

The direction and storytelling is a major bright spot. Justin Lin directs a wonderful science fiction action movie with tons of heart. His action sequences are shot perfectly and are so entertaining. The film has hand to hand combat action sequences, chase scenes, and a great sequence involving a classic Star Trek relic.  Lin also brought a Star Trek television show setting to the big screen which made audience enjoy this film better. The best thing about Star Trek: Beyond is the dynamic between crew members and new characters.

The interaction between the characters make this blockbuster so memorable. Kirk and Chekov spend time together on screen. They both really form a solid bond. Scotty meets Jaylen, the new female alien. The interactions between McCoy and Spock or Kirk or even both of them. Bones really drives the heart of the story. He delivers the best lines of the movie, and Karl Urban is the perfect casting for Bones. The rest of the cast are perfect in the film as their characters.

Go see Star Trek: Beyond because the movie is very entertaining, and critics and audience love the film. Star Trek: Beyond gets a 4.0 out of 5.


Top movie stories from the past week

Coop’s major movies news stories

Hi all, I wanted to try to something different.  I haven’t posted anything about casting news or movies trailers in awhile. In last two weeks huge pieces of movie news have been reported and confirmed that need to be addressed.

1.We finally get to see Ben Affleck as Batman and his new Batmobile.

Ben Affleck as Batman

Ben Affleck as Batman

I saw this image, and my inner nerd jumped for joy. The image of Ben Affleck in the Batsuit is the definition of brooding. It reminds me how Batman is portrayed in the comics. The Batmobile looks very sporty like in the Tim Burton Batman movie. The Batsuit is more reminiscent of The Dark Knight Returns, a graphic novel by Frank Miller.  The Dark Knight Returns’ Batman suit had shorter ears and a large Bat symbol on the chest. Batman looks like a beast compared to Christian Bale’s Batman.

The tone of the pic is dark. This is a perfect representation of Batman. Batman and Superman will not be automatic friends in Batman vs. Superman. They will not drink beers together but most likely deliver blows to each other. Bruce Wayne, Batman, and Clark Kent, Superman, will likely grow to trust each other during the last act of the film. They  decide to  form the Justice League along with Wonder Woman with their level of trust.  Batman vs. Superman comes out on May 6th, 2016.

2. Gambit is finally coming to the X-men films

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum will play Gambit in X-Men: Age of Apocalypse ( release date on May 27th, 2016).  Tatum will get his own solo movie as Gambit also. Gambit will supposedly have a big part  in the next X-men movie. There is no official synopsis for Age of Apocalypse but the film will probably start production at the end of the year. The script is in the finishing stages. Tatum is a perfect choice for Gambit. Tatum is: from Mississippi; his on screen presence draws people to like him; his personality is very suave and mysterious like Gambit; he is sarcastic and funny; and he is very physical built for a fight.  Who is Gambit?



Gambit is one of the most beloved X-Men in the comics. He is Cajun and a skill thief. His powers are kinetic energy. He can explode anything he touches.  Gambit is one of the most intelligent and skilled fighters in the X-men. His weapon of choice is a Bo staff. He is one of the few X-men who can take on Wolverine in hand to hand combat.  People love Gambit because he uses humor in very intense moments (sarcastic and witty humor). He also uses a 52 card deck as grenades.

3. Man of Steel sequel gets a title.

Official Warner bros log

Official Warner bros logo

I was literally writing about my next news story when this story broke.  The Batman vs. Superman movie will be called “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” The name “Dawn of Justice” implies the origins of the Justice League.  Wonder Woman is in the movie. Ray Fisher, a broadway actor, was cast as Victor Stone who becomes Cyborg.  We heard rumors of Aquaman being involved and maybe the Flash.  These characters will have small parts. Justice League and Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice are supposedly are going to film back to back. Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice comes out May 6th, 2016.  Stone, and other Justice League members will not have major roles and most likely be introduced with 5 minutes of screentime. Wonder Woman will have a supporting role because her character’s film debut has been a long time coming.

4. New Guardians of the Galaxy trailer.

We have a new Guardians of the Galaxy trailer. You can watch the new trailer.  The new trailer feature’s Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky.” The trailer is visually stunning, funny, and reminds me a lot of a Star Wars movie. I found the trailer to be so entertaining and the music selection adds entertainment.  We also get to hear Rocket Raccoon speak and Groot speak too.  The film comes out August 1st of this year.

5. Godzilla 2 is coming!



Warner Bros and Legendary studios are reportedly working on Godzilla 2. The first Godzilla movie was a positive success.  The film is in development and no official date has been set.  Toho owns the rights to other Godzilla characters such as Mothra and King Gidorah.  Legendary and Warner would have to acquire the rights to those characters to be used in a sequel.  I’m a excited about this news. Gareth Edwards and his crew have discussed sequel possibilities already amongst themselves. Stay tune for new information as it comes along.

6. Godzilla stomps the Box Office Globally

Godzilla crushes San Fran and the box office

Godzilla crushes San Fran and the box office

Godzilla in 4 days at the Box Office as made 211 million worldwide according Box Office Mojo.  Godzilla is on pace to earn anywhere between 500 to 600 million. It has yet to open up in China or Japan which are the two biggest foreign markets for United States films.  It scored 38.4 million on Friday.  I was disappointed in the film, but I have seen it twice.  The question is will fans rush back to see the film, and will people go see this movie in the next couple of weeks? Godzilla could make 200 million domestically and that would be a success.

7. JJ Abrams note to the Star Wars and Crew.

Note from Abrams to the Star Wars crew

Note from Abrams to the Star Wars crew

JJ. Abrams is the director of the Star Wars Episode VII. The film is supposedly has a working title of “An Ancient Evil.” The buzz surrounding the film is pretty high.  The note is pretty significant. It shows the commitment that Abrams has to this project. The note also states he wants dedication from his cast and crew.  The Star War franchise is so beloved that a serious mistake by Abrams or any of the crew will not be lightly forgiven. Star Wars stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, with a younger cast of new characters. Star Wars Episode VII comes out December 18th, 2015.

8. Foxcatcher Trailer

The Foxcatcher is a movie adapted from Mark Schultz’s autobiography. Mark Schultz and his late brother, Dave Schultz, are gold medal wrestling champions coach by John dDu Pont. The movie was shown at the Cannes Film Festival and received instant buzz for being an Oscar contender. Dave is played by Channing Tatum, John is played Steve Carrell, and Mark is played by Mark Ruffalo. The film is directed by Bennett Miller who directed Moneyball. I love sports dramas and this film is a must see for any sports film fan. It comes out November 14th of this year.

9. New Star Trek 3 director

Roberto Orci

Roberto Orci is the new Star Trek 3 director. He and Alex Kurtzman are responsible for bringing back Star Trek in 2009 and making it popular again. He has no directing experience. He is very active on twitter and asked fans what they would like to see in a new Star Trek movie after Star Trek: Into Darkness was such a hit. I personally don’t mind this choice to direct the new movie. I hope he doesn’t write something abysmal as  The Amazing Spider-man 2. He knows the cast and has been actively involved at the producer level for the previous two films. I have faith he will do Star Trek justice. Stay tune for new Star Trek information.


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