Star Trek Beyond
by Tony Medley
Runtime 120 minutes.
OK for children.
This is another high
quality film in the Star Trek series. Whatís better about it is Zachary
Aquinoís performance as Spock. He has really grown into the role after a
stuttering start a few years ago.
The special effects
are spectacular. This is a film that I did not see in IMAX or 3-D, so I
canít comment on those special effects, but I imagine that they are both
fine enhancements because the cinematography is close to mind-boggling.
Chris Pine still
looks too young to me to be playing Capt. Kirk, but he does a good job
otherwise. The script (Simon Pegg and Doug Jung with three more
uncredited) carries the film for the entire two hours. I didnít see
anything to which I objected. But the story is just your basic sci-fi
tale about a really bad guy who wants to destroy the Universe and the
good guys from the Star Ship Enterprise who want to preserve it but
mostly about special effects.
Alert for Los Angeles
residents! This has nothing to do with the movie, but I missed
Paramountís screening on the lot so went to see this at the Arclight
Hollywood the Friday morning screening the day it opened. There were
three people in the theater. It was freezing and I complained several
times, asking them to increase the temperature. They didnít. So after
the movie ended I requested to speak with the manager, who told me that
they walked into the theater and didnít think it was anything unusual so
didn't make any changes despite my repeated requests. I said there were
only three people in the theater and if one person was freezing it was
more important to make him happy than the people who work there (all of
wear warm clothes; I was in shirtsleeves). He couldnít have cared less.
So this is just a warning for anyone who might choose to attend a film
at the Arclight Hollywood.