I keep having to remind myself that I can't have it all. Just because a film features a boss chick played by 64-year-old Iranian-American actress Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog), an openly gay and married Asian officer of the U.S.SJohn Cho), and a alien chick (Algerian actress Sofia Boutella), who kicked serious male ass on screen, apparently doesn't mean that its only black female lead (Zoe Saldana) would have more ass kicking duties as well. But, like, can we not make her the damsel in distress though, especially when we all know she can throw a good right hook (or three) when provoked?
I'm nitpicking here, because I actually thoroughly enjoyed STAR TREK BEYOND. It's fun, it's action-packed, and has a seriously awesome cast that knows how to deliver a good joke in the middle of an apocalyptic crisis (shout out to Karl Urban and Zachary Quinto, whose one-line zingers as Dr. McCoy and Commander Spock provided unexpected levity even in the midst of dire circumstances). And while Liutenant Uhura (Zoe Saldana) is supposed to be the pragmatic and loyal one of the group, I was just really hoping to see Saldana a la Colombiana--kicking ass and taking names.
Krall, played by Idris Elba, is also really interesting to watch. Though Paramount had released countless clips from the film ahead of its release, I had no idea who Elba was playing until the last 20 minutes of the film--which actually gave me a better appreciation of the actor. Too often I feel like his celebrity gets in the way of his acting, and is sometimes the only thing redeeming a performance (yeah, I said it), but this was a nice balance of intrigue and complexity. Thank you, director Justin Lin, for bringing this out of him. Ladies, now I get it. Finally.
All that said, STAR TREK BEYOND is a thrill ride: a fun popcorn movie that highlights the value of teamwork and a good playlist (priceless core values in life). As mentioned in an earlier post, Paramount is already working on the sequel. My dream plot? Jaylah and Uhura team up for some major badassery. You're welcome, Paramount.
STAR TREK BEYOND is now playing.
Check out a clip from the film--a scene between McCoy and Spock:
And here's a Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) featurette: