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Star Trek Beyond Review (2016) | Pensive and Mesmerizing

The beauty of Star Trek Beyond lies in its pensive narration. It will let you resonate alongside the musings of its characters. For once you will truly fathom the importance of USS Enterprise in the lives of Trekkers. You will get to witness the rudimentary lost Franklin up and running. You will see why a job needs to be done with a proper explanation, with an optimal aftermath. In short, everything is in place.

STAR TREK BEYOND PLOT (SPOILERS INCLUSIVE)

Movie’s plot is like a chain reaction of events that fission into a deadlier game at play. It begins with James T. Kirk’s (role reprised by Chris Pine) contemplation.

Knee deep in a five year mission, the fleet has been leading a life like commoners, compelling Kirk to go in a profound reflection of elusive things in the unknown.

still of Captain James Kirk in star trek beyond movie

The farther out we go, the more I find myself wondering what it is we are trying to accomplish. But if the universe is truly endless, then we are not striving for something forever out of reach.

At their liberty stop at Yorktown, Kirk is scrutinizing a promotion. In a weird stagnant like that, enters an escape pod introducing us to Kalara who claims her crew is stranded at a nearby planet. Induced by her misery, the Enterprise goes on a rescue mission only to be attacked by rampaging swarm ships.

still of swarm ships attacking USS Enterprise bees

Swarm ships or Bees in Star Trek Beyond will be remembered for their awesome theatrics. The way they acted in unison to decimate anything that appeared in their way make them look sheer bad-ass. With their intrusion we see the USS Enterprise’s annihilation too. That’s when Captain James Kirk makes one of the toughest decisions of his life – to abandon their beloved ship.

That’s only the beginning. What follows therefrom is a brilliant affair of perversion that finds its way via cruel intentions of Krall played superbly by Idris Elba.

still of idris alba as krall in Star Trek Beyond movie

Peace is not what I was born into.

Inclusion of Jaylah to the tale was nicely done too. Played by Sofia Boutella the character finds a new meaning, perspective and direction. Montgomery Scotty reprised by Simon Pegg remains the nerdy heart of the Starfleet. His presence in the team is weirdly satisfying.

OTHER ASPECTS

Screenplay of Star Trek Beyond has been written elegantly. There are moments when you see the crew relaxing for a word, delivering superb lines amidst conversations.

You spent all this time trying to be your father, and now you’re wondering just what it means to be you.

still of Anton Yelchin as Chekov in Star Trek Beyond

Seeing Anton Yelchin up, alive and breathing on the screen was really lovely too. He seemed so lost in his character, unperturbed, unfazed by the mishap that awaited him in the corner, that you can’t help feel sorry. A true talent, lost in life’s fickleness!

It’s easy to get lost. In the vastness of space, there’s only yourself, your ship, your crew.

You cannot overlook Justin Lin’s brilliant direction as well. The way he scales the camera with every motion is laudable. The way he cuts his frames by merging into a new territory, the way he races and traces down, filling voids (capturing the stunning vista of Yorktown) will leave you appreciating his prowess. Creating Yorktown’s colossal beauty was a visual achievement, as Doctor Leonard McCoy puts it:

It looks like a giant snow-globe in space just waiting to break.

Star Trek Beyond DVD is here. Grab your copy today:

A PROBABLE DOWNSIDE

Star Trek Beyond scores a little low on the theatrics panel. Meaning it didn’t have in his villain, flair like that of Khan’s. It misses somewhat on bringing the flamboyance of its prequels, but is more or less similar when the build of previous installments is concerned. It appears a tad dull in terms of Editing. But, if you ask me this is how the Editing should really be. A calm dip that lets us hit and cover every thrilling spots one by one.

If you really look at it, Star Trek Beyond comes straight from a bag of Starfleet’s numerous adventures. So, it is apparent, there are more parts to come. Fasten your belts!

Check out the trailer of Star Trek: Beyond movie:

The Peanuts Movie Review (2015)

The Peanuts Movie does brilliant justice to one of our favourite cartoons.

“Whenever I feel really alone, I just sit and stare into the night sky. I’ve always thought that one of those stars was my star, and at moments like this, I know that my star will always be there for me.”

Peanuts has finally made it big into the 3D animated era. It has ushered in with the whole gang right from the underdog Charlie Brown to the wonder dog Snoopy, from Marcie, Peppermint Patty, Linus, Lucy, to Pig-Pen, Sally, Schroeder, Freida, Violet Gray and the little red-haired girl. To top it all they look downright cute and outrageously adorable.

The animation of The Peanuts movie is very lively which takes in comic strip elements into account. Little trivial things like eyebrows of characters changing shapes with their expressions, how they would dangle even on hats and how anything from Pig-Pen would always carry dirt around it, give the movie a beautiful comic picturesque touch.

There are things that will at once hit you with reminiscence. The way Snoopy would jump up in rapture with his nose pointing upwards. How Patty would always exploit Marcie for her work and how the former would always sleep in the class. How Snoopy and Woodstock will work together contradictorily and still be the best of friends.

Some of the bits in the movie are downright brilliant. These frames are subtly manifested just like a Schulz comic strip would. Like the face of the little red-haired girl has never been properly depicted. Also every old character in the movie has a “hard-to-make-out jabber” suggestive of how the Peanuts world only focuses on the young and the imaginary. The flick never even for once depicts the existence of a grown-up in the Peanuts universe which is quite an exceptional and thoughtful way of helming a movie.

Snoopy comes in with a sub-plot, as Schulz often would, where his imagination comes into play. His story adds up extra spice to the tale, and runs parallel to the original. Steve Martino’s Snoopy however is a hyperactive animal which was quite unlike Schulz’s quiet dog that would only speak through his typewriter. He has been turned into a cartoonish element that packs in or endeavours to pack in that extra bit of snappy yet clumsy comedy that was otherwise missing from the movie. For some this could be a driving factor, but for me Schulz strips seemed more profound as his quiet would speak a lot.

The plot of The Peanuts movie is an exceptional dig into the head of the fallen. The wishy-washy Charlie Brown who just can’t do anything right, ends up being a hero by doing the right thing. It is an educational chapter in disguise for people who have strayed away from morality.

Oh I almost forgot! Watch Scrat fail yet again in the little short that runs in the beginning of the flick. The Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe is as hilarious as Scrat could get. And now we wait for Blue Sky’s next venture – Ice Age: Collision Course!