OK so the post cinema euphoria is over after being dragged round Carrefour to do the monthly shopping
So how to do a review for you without Spoilers? Well. firstly I stayed away from all the trailers and all the online reviews etc. So I knoew some snippets but that was all. Secondly, the only snippet I did read was a recommendation to watch it at Imax and sit as high up as possible in the theatre to get the full impact. We did and I recommend it.
At stupid o’clock on a weekend morning (10am) the Cinema was 95% empty - which meant only actual fans were there so no numpties on phones.
No spoiler review? Simples - Not ONE person left their seat until the Credits had finished.
So, most movies these days are by and large formulaic. Good v Evil, Evil v Good etc etc. Here we are with a Franchise movie, so, by default, it will be Formulaic.
It’s almost as if Gene Roddenberry patented a formula when the first movie was made and Writers & Directors have had their hands tied to follow that. That is a criticism of the movie. HOWEVER, unlike The Force Awakens, the joy?/excitement?/entertainment? in Beyond is that Simon Pegg et al have manged to not re-write Into Darkness or even the damned ST 1 with Voyager. The actual core of this story is new.
It pays homage to the Episodic feel of TV Trek, it does feel as if you are watching the greatest episode of ST ever made. No sign of Earth for one thing.
It has a beginning, it has some depth, and it has some great humour, especially early on.
A lot of the film was shot in Canada and you can see that, equally as you will remember, a lot of it was shot here in Dubai. And WOW, what a job they did with it.
No Spoilers, but the beauty of the cinematography/CGI is that they actually did pay some homage to us, they left in little “landmarkbites” (all out of context but there Burj Al Arab was there in the middle of town instead of the sea.
They sent “First Spock” on his way with feeling, McCoy develops and the whole gay Sulu thing? Well technically I suppose you could say a 2 seconds shot may indicate that.
Kudos to Simon Pegg & Co, and also to the whole crew who took the movie from concept to completion in less than 18 months.
IMHO I believe that non-Trek fans could watch this film in isolation and will enjoy it. In terms of rating it? When I compare our reaction leaving the cinema to that after Star Wars it was utterly different.
For Star Wars our reaction was - “Well they didn’t fuck that up”.
For Trek - “Wow just fucking wow”, followed by how do we get Netflix here to see the new series
If you didn’t like Darkness (which I still think is a good film) do NOT let that put you off seeing this on the Big Screen. I’m old enough to remember watching TOS Season 1 on a black & white TV.
I can tell you I rated this film as a 12 out of 10. Normal humans will probably settle around 7.5 as an average
If I had to be picky? The show opened with a World Wide Preview of Rihanna’s new single - Sledgehammer - which is the Movie Theme song (Departure from formula there!) Love or hate her, the CGI crew from Trek did make a bloody good Video. As for the song? Biggest praise has to be - it wasn’t as bad as last James Bond The Spectre Song. Nearly but not as bad.
Long live Rock & Roll