With Star Wars just a day away, many movies have released their trailers recently. Why? Because they want to play them in front of what will more than likely be the highest grossing film of all time (I already have my tickets to see it 3 times opening day). It makes sense. The trailer lineup for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is insane. From Independence Day to X-Men to Batman V Superman to Finding Dory, it's going to be one hell of an atmosphere in the theatre before the movie even starts. Now, the first trailer for Star Trek Beyond is online. I could've chosen to review anything today (and X-Men was seeming likely), but no. This is the trailer that's in need of discussing.
The new Star Trek movies barely resemble the Star Trek of old, but that's okay. I'm okay with that. We get two versions of the same story. On the one hand, we get the slow moving, quiet, action-less voyages of the Starship Enterprise and they're great watches. Then, we also get the fast paced, loud, action-packed voyages of the Starship Enterprise and they're also great watches. With Star Trek Beyond, there was murmurs that the film would be going back to the TV show's roots. It would be going back to the slow moving and exploration based plot. Well, whoever said that was wrong. This revamped Star Trek is still its own thing. Except now they're missing J.J. Abrams.
The trailer for Star Trek Beyond gives off a very Guardians of the Galaxy vibe, opening with Simon Pegg's Scotty questioning the crew about their choice of music, which is, of course, 'Sabotage' by the Beastie Boys. It's the song we hear a young Kirk riding a bike to during the first movie. He must really like that song. But it's not long before the song, which was originally part of the scene, becomes the trailer music, much like it did in the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer. Apparently if something works in one space movie, it must be used in all space movies.
Now, I'm perfectly fine with modern songs being used in movies not set in modern times.... so long as it suits the film. 'Sabotage' suited that one scene in the first movie, but it really doesn't fit with this trailer. Like, at all. It's giving off all the wrong vibes, trying to appeal to non-Trekkies, but actually just annoying normal Trekkies. The film is advertised as an action comedy in space, just like Guardians of the Galaxy was. It's not an action comedy. It is in space and there is action, but did they really need to advertise it as a comedy? Absolutely not. That's just misleading.
Ignoring the tone of this trailer, the overall plot seems to be something we haven't seen in the modern Star Trek movies so far. The crew appears to be split up, fending for themselves in unknown terrain. Kirk is stranded and alone, and that scene with him getting out of the pod just looks gorgeously shot. No matter how bland a lot of Justin Lin's movies are, there's no denying that he can get some good looking shots. Star Trek Beyond looks gorgeously shot and I cannot wait to see if the visuals are on par with the camera work. At this stage, it looks like it will be, minus that very cheap looking shot of Scotty reaching over to grab the cliff. That looks like something you'd see in a Fast and Furious movie. I wonder why that is....
What this trailer does give us is our first look at Idris Elba's evil alien antagonist, who at this point in time is unnamed. We don't know a single thing about him, but if this trailer is any suggestion, he's no Khan. But we'll have to wait and see. I'll be honest, I didn't even recognise Idris Elba in this role. His character is heavily makeup'd and his voice was unrecognisable, and don't even let me attempt to guess who plays the white alien girl. I have no clue. Makeup confuses me. Still, here's to hoping that he serves as a worthy foe.
I'm going to be honest, I'm a little bit skeptical about this new Star Trek film. It looks like it's going to be an action packed installment, but action does not equal entertainment. Just look at the Transformers franchise. I doubt that this film is going to be on the same level as Transformers, though. It was co-written by Simon Pegg, after all, so that has to mean something. He's a talented actor and an extremely likeable guy so let's hope he understands what makes Star Trek Star Trek. I'm hoping he manages to pull it off, but I also wouldn't be surprised if Scotty is given all the best moments in the film. Wouldn't blame him, if I'm perfectly honest. I'd do the same. Star Trek Beyond opens in Australian theatres on July 21, 2016. The trailer can be viewed below.