MV5BMTU0ODk1MTIxM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTk3MTc5ODE@._V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_What’s it all about?

The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.

Why did I want to see it?

It’s Star Trek. Why wouldn’t I?

What did I think about it?

This is a really good film. I mean, really good. Don’t listen to people who tell you that it isn’t as good as the two that went before because frankly I think it’s the best of the lot. The cast are all excellent and have really settled into their roles. As others have said, in many ways the strength of Star Trek has always been the characters and their values and interactions rather than the villain of the episode and accompanying dilemma, so it’s really cool to see that delivered in Beyond, but with different pairings. So we have Bones & Spock, Kirk & Chekov, and Uhura & Sulu. Bones and Spock are particularly enjoyable together., snarking away.

In terms of the villain Idris Elba is always excellent but in some ways is the weakest part of the story. There is a very cool helpful alien and the special effects and backdrop to the story (especially Yorktown) are fantastic.

There are lovely tributes to Leonard Nimoy throughout as Spock and at the end, along with the saddest thing of all, a short tribute to Anton Yelchin.

Totally absorbing. Enjoyed it so much that I’m going to see it again next week 😀