Elba largely phones in his performance, sounding like he’s just walked off the set of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, stuck on a rubber mask and was told to ‘nastify’ his South African accent, while channelling the ANC-era Nelson and his sabotage activities against the government in 1961, which led to his life imprisonment sentence. Here, in the part of Krall, Elba’s character is also disgruntled for a reason that’ll come out later, but his space-age idea of ‘might is right’, in ‘Beyond’, is to invade the Enterprise, kill everyone, snatch a priceless artefact, kill everyone he missed first time, and blow the ship apart. And then kill any stragglers.
And, at one point, Krall looked very much like an elderly Robert Loggia.
However, one thing present in this movie is what was missing from X-Men Apocalpyse and Independence Day Resurgence – a decent amount of humour. There’s a fair number of amusing lines, including one that refers to a (cue spoiler heading) tracking device I very nearly burst out laughing at that one, but as it was otherwise quiet onscreen I could hear that no-one else was, so I ended up stifling a big laugh. Later on, when noisy battles etc were going on, a couple of laughs could flow more easily. In fact, it’s probably better that I didn’t let out a big laugh as, when I’m at home, I tend to emit a singular, Edna Krabappel-type “HA!”
In addition, there’s another case of there being a difference between how a line is delivered in the trailer and the film. I recently mentioned Chris Hemsworth answering the phone in Ghostbusters, and how it was much better in the trailer. In this film, you know Idris Elba’s “I-am-coun-ting-on-it” line? Well, the trailer has a definitive stop, there, but in the film, it carries on slightly, watering it down in the process.
I’ve never been a fan of Chris Pine as his acting has been very wooden (Pine… wooden… geddit?) but this time, things actually seem to have come together and he’s settled into the role reasonably well. For me, no-one can be the real Kirk other than William Shatner, but he’s alright in this one. The rest are as good or bad as they have been previously. Most are fine (and mostly, what I remember about the film is Zoe Saldana running around in knee-high boots and a mini-skirt), But Simon Pegg‘s Scots accent is still appalling.
Oh, and I loved hearing Sabotage by The Beastie Boys, but I didn’t like that they had a truncated version of it. Now, if that had run for the entire length of the song like a pop video… 😀
Now, who to replace Chekov, since Anton Yelchin has sadly passed away? Well, JJ Abrams said before this film’s release that they will not recast him. My thought is… (and I’ll have to add a spoiler for anyone who hasn’t seen ‘Beyond‘)
A few things about the end credits as well as a late moment (big spoiler)
On the aspect of the lights over the end credits, which I last detailed when I saw Ghostbusters, this is something they’re reviewing, since following a discussion I had there afterwards, I understand the lights should be morelike they way they are during the trailers (which in my experience is the same as with the trailers that follow) and the lights that are on allow people to enter and use stairs without any health and safety issues, whilst not intruding upon the screen and obliterating the credits. As for the cleaners coming in at the end while audience members are still present, while it happened again today and I had to ask for those overbright lights to be switched off, I also understand that is something the staff have been told not to do and it will be re-communicated to them again shortly.
Running time: 122 minutes
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Cinema: Vue Lowry
Format: 2.35:1 (ARRIRAW (3.4K), Anamorphic Master Scope, Redcode RAW (6K) – some shots)
Released: July 22nd 2016
Director: Justin Lin
Producers: JJ Abrams, Bryan Burk and Roberto Orci
Screenplay: Simon Pegg, Doug Jung, Roberto Orci, Patrick McKay and John D Payne (based on the Star Trek TV series created by Gene Roddenberry)
Music: Michael Giacchino
Captain James T. Kirk: Chris Pine
Commander Spock: Zachary Quinto
Doctor ‘Bones’ McCoy: Karl Urban
Lieutenant Uhura: Zoe Saldana
Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott: Simon Pegg
Sulu: John Cho
Chekov: Anton Yelchin
Krall: Idris Elba
Jaylah: Sofia Boutella
Manas: Joe Taslim
Kalara: Lydia Wilson
Keenser: Deep Roy
Ensign Syl: Melissa Roxburgh
Tyvanna: Anita Brown
Ben: Doug Jung
Fi’Ja: Danny Pudi
Zavanko: Kim Kold
Hider: Fraser Aitcheson
Blue Shirt: Matthew MacCaull
Blue Shirt: Emy Aneke
Commodore Paris: Shohreh Aghdashloo
Commander Finnegan: Greg Grunberg
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