STB is dumb fun. Maybe it's the fact that I saw it at the drive-in on a hot Summer night with a big can of hard lemonade, but something about it sorta reminded me of a certain vibe of early 80's SF exemplified by Star Frontiers, Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone, and the Gil Gerard Buck Rogers -Two fisted space heroes, hot alien babes, backlot desert planets strewn with junkyard scrap and artificial rocks, motorcycles, a certain "Comic strip" tone. The Starfleet crash suit that Kirk pulls out of his escape pod and puts on even looks like something off the cover of a an old paperback Heinlein juvenile.
And towards the end an old vet from the early days of Starfleet mentions (But they don't show)...
The thing that most makes me want to see it was one reviewer saying it felt like an episode of 1960s Star Trek.
It's like the original series in that it shows beings from diverse races and cultures coming together in a spirit of optimism* and equality to Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before.
It's very unlike TOS in that it has near-constant fights, chases, and explosions.
*And thank goodness for that optimism. The dismal, nasty, paranoid tone of Star Trek Into Darkness made that weird miscarriage almost unwatchable. It felt like a Star Trek movie for people who used to beat up the kids into Star Trek.
I enjoyed the movie. Not as much as the first one in 2009, but that one was special because it was new and edgy and it was the first TOS-style Trek we had been given for quite a while. I think no other movie is likely to capture quite that spark again.
I also agree that it's a lot more light-hearted than the second movie, which was a bit too dark and paranoid for me.
I mostly wish that they wouldn't take 3-4 years to make each one.
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I preferred Into Darkness over Beyond, the first is still my fave. So in order of appearance is my order of appeal.
That said, I love all three. Beyond was a fun romp, but I feel it was a bit of a re-hash of themes from the first two movies. The best part of Beyond, IMO, is the maturation of the crew, in particular, Kirk. Chris Pine did a fantastic job.
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