The latest episode of the Star Trek movie franchise is well worth going to see. Now I don’t say this from the point of view of a Trekkie (or whatever the correct term is), but as some one who grew up watching the original TV series. I didn’t necessarily like the TV series because of the message of peace and love, or thought of the series as a Western set in the future. I liked the series because of two things: 1) it was science fiction, and 2) Ensign Chekov. I have always liked Walter Koenig’s portrait of Chekov as a slightly nationalistic Russian with a sense of innocence. Anton Yelchin was a worthy successor to Koenig and that is one complaint I have with this film. Yelchin was not given enough screen time for my taste.
Now, as to the “nuts and bolts” of this film. There is more emphasis on the McCoy/Spock dynamic which works as well as it did in the TV series. The story line is interesting if not a little confusing at times. The villain Krall was very menacing and a bit psychotic. At this point, I will say that there is a twist in the story concerning Krall which raised a couple moments of credibility that sort of confused me. However, you will have to see the movie and let me know if you agree. There are, of course, a couple scenes saluting the original cast members but they were relevant to the story. I also had some problems, not many, the make up for Krall was a little heavy handed when it came to the mouth and teeth prosthetics. It was a bit hard to understand him.
It was also mentioned by someone that it seems that each new film has a death scene of The Enterprise. Unfortunately, that tradition is kept alive (sorry for the pun) in this episode. I can say with some certainty that if you liked the first two movies of this franchise, then you will not be disappointed. I will have this DVD in my collection when it comes out. I give this 4 stars out of 5.