The writing of the film was very good. Being directed by Justin Lin, I was a bit hesitant, as it seemed like the film would overplay the action and underplay the commentary with an action-oriented director. While the action is a bit more emphasized in this film, it doesn't overwhelm the commentary, which is still present. The plot is pretty generic, but that is standard for the series, as the chemistry between the characters and the social implications are what make it stand out. There is also some really hilarious comedic relief written in, utilizing both irony and juxtaposition.
The acting of the film was truly great. It is a shame that Anton Yelchin passed, as he was an extremely talented actor, as shown in this film. Zachary Quinto is another standout as Spock. Other returning cast members, such as Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Zoe Saldana, and Karl Urban are also great. Idris Elba makes a good antagonist, showcasing his ability for menacing villainy, similar to that of "Beasts of No Nation". Sofia Boutella is good in her role as Jaylah too, with a good amount of heroism.
The visuals of the film were also a strong element. The cinematography is phenomenal, as is the CGI. These were made even more spectacular by the large format. The makeup for some of the alien characters is also very good.
So overall, "Star Trek Beyond" was a very good entry into the series. It was enjoyable, well-made, and offered some interesting questions about society: just what I have come to expect from the series.
Star Trek Beyond
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.