As a self confessed sci-fi geek, I HAD to see Star Trek Beyond. I also had to take both my wife and my mom. I've been watching Star Trek since TNG (The Next Generation) was on TV. While we were dating, my then girlfriend now wife, started out napping while I watched. Over time she started sleeping less and watching more. My mom will always be a fan of the original TV series, especially Spock, as well as the movies. So we had to go see it. We really enjoyed it.
What I Liked
I thought the story was fantastic. It was original and yet had a Trek feel to it. The story revolves around friendship and trust. The questions that were being answered were:
- Who are my true friends?
- What are you willing to risk for true friendship?
- Who do I trust?
- How do I handle betrayal?
What I Didn't Like
This is going to be petty, I fully recognize that. There was one scene, it was short and probably could've (and should've) been cut. For those of you who are worried about a spoiler, what I'm about to say doesn't give away plot. The scene I'm referring to is the motorcycle on the ridge scene. The CGI wasn't just bad, but very bad. So bad, my wife leaned over to comment on it. While acknowledging the pettiness of this, it's worth noting, that being a sci-fi movie, where CGI is your thing, it may have been worth spending a little more time on this or cut it out.
If you're a fan of the sci-fi genre or of the Star Trek franchise, go see this movie. You will not be disappointed. This movie leaves the door wide open for more Trek movies in the future (which I hear are already in the works). Go see this movie ... and ... live long and prosper.