Star Trek III: beyond expectations

The newest installment of the rebooted Star Trek series takes us a few years into the journey of the U.S.S. Enterprise’s five year mission. Everyone seems to be working harmoniously, like clockwork. Chris Pine plays Jim as restless with growing melancholia but, that aside, things couldn’t be  better aboard the star-ship.

This movie has a lot more action than the previous two, something that is quite in line with the original series. There are ass-kicking women, an even more emotionally open Spock and some moments of wonderfully delicate acting by both Zoe Saldana as Uhura and Sofia Boutella as Jaylah.

There is a sense that the characters have all grown up a little bit more. Whilst there is still humor from Bones and Scotty, it is not as heavily scripted into the movie as was seen in the first two movies. It was a wise move in my opinion as there was more focus on a quickly advanced, albeit simpler, plot.

It seems that more credit was given to the audience’s intelligence this time and major foreshadowing wasn’t too much in your face as the second movie. Whereas there were clear clues for the observant viewer, like seeing that the pretty planet-sized station of Yorktown would be under attack and that the alien who had her ship stranded was really in league with Krall.

It was still hard to guess the true identity of the villain as his appearance was unlike the aliens casual fans are familiar with and he changed markedly every time he drew energy from his victims. It was a well played plot piece but  I felt that despite Idris Elba being, well, Idris Elba, it’s actually quite hard to create a villain as impacting as Kahn and Nero respectively. Krall may have been the scariest of them all in that he really didn’t got , or need to go to, great lengths to show off his crazy, neither to his followers, his enemies, nor us. He didn’t spend as much time as the previous villains on screen brooding about how he was going to kill a lot of people and start a new war, he got the missing piece of his ancient bio weapon and flew out – attack begun.

It was truly a less plot focused movie and the layers showcased in the first and second movies seemed to have been missing from this one but, they were cleverly hidden and a lot of the information was shown rather than explained.

In addition to the more mature tone of the movie, one cannot miss nor forget to acknowledge the untimely death of the actor that played Pavel Andreievich Chekov, Anton Yelchin. It was not stated as such but I choose to interpret the toast and the words spoken by Bones and Jim as a solid tribute to his accomplishment as an actor and a person. It was tasteful and well received.

Well, folks, if you have any comments or would like to start a discussion on why the USS Franklin needed to achieve terminal velocity by falling off a precipice, leave a comment below and I will respond!

Live long and prosper!