"Star Trek Beyond" is the latest installment in J.J. Abrams' reboot of the iconic franchise. I was surprised at how little of this film took place in space, though that is the sort of departure that can bring new energy to a formulaic franchise. Honestly, I enjoyed the first two but had no desire to see this one. My "If you've seen one, you've seen them all" attitude has developed from the oversaturation of superhero films over the past 10 years and has made skeptical toward the latest flavor of the week. This film manages to feel different than the others and nicely developed the main characters. It is very deserving of its Oscar nomination for Best Hairstyling and Makeup, especially on Jaylah and Kalara. I can only imagine what it was like to walk around on set and see these aliens roaming about. The special effects are incredibly realistic and the design of the Yorktown space station was very interesting. The story itself is a bit of a step down from the previous films in that the villains aren't as scary as Klingons and the death of Leonard Nimoy resulted in the end of the creative parallel timeline that incorporated the elder Spock into the story. The best part of the film may be the subtle tribute to Nimoy and the rest of the first generation Star Trek crew. "Star Trek Beyond" is not my favorite film from the reboot series but its non-formulaic story has inspired me to give the next installment a chance.
[Pictured: Sofia Boutella's makeup is the highlight of the film]