STAR TREK BEYOND
Well this was just okay I guess. I mean maybe it’s me but the first couple of things that pop out at me all revolve around Scotty, our once favorite nerd king, Simon Peg. These being the obsessive need to be as “Scotty” as possible. If they were trying to set new ground, does Scotty need to be so annoyingly stereotyped? Why not some bad ass Scottishness? Why does it just have to be an annoying accent. The other thing, was this accent was made even more apparent when Simon Pegg WROTE HIMSELF INTO EVERY SCENE!. Or it seamed like he was in every scene.
And why introduce a new villain and BARELY develop a back story? Maybe I am becoming too spoiled or these movies are not trying hard enough, but the moment I saw the white Mortal Kombat girl’s ship, I knew that those aliens were once human. So the twist was no twist at all. Yes it had it’s action and things happening but I didn’t really care about those things. Main issue, crashing the god damn ship. Is that like a right of passage? Destroying the Enterprise? It seems to be cliche to the point of signalling the end of the franchise. I know one thing though, get me Simon Pegg’s agent. Review done.
What can be said about a franchise we begged for 30 years to have either a sequel or a remake of? It came up way short. It came up so short that they lost a lot of money on the whole deal. They banked on the new “women rule” marketing that has been going strong and that’s fine, but please, develop a good story when you use that modus operandi. The actresses they pulled, Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, did a great job with what they were provided. But, there is a new kind of comedy, not bad, but just more modern, of a straight faced silly answer type of creature now. Much like Step Brothers, Other Guys, and Brides Maids, they tried that same humor with this and it failed at many points.
I just think the original had a chemistry that would be near impossible to replicate. Writing like this was not going to pull it out of the muck. I didn’t really see a lot of “ghostbusting”. The only one they caught was immediately released and killed Bill Murray. Symbolic? Then following this they created a Ghostbusting/Punisher arsenal that apparently “busted” those ghosts in 300 style action scenes. I appreciate them bringing it back and even creating another idol for girls to look towards, but it would have been nice to have something a bit more….Ghostbustery?