This morning I woke up to find the first trailer for Star Trek Beyond all over social media and the end result was a lot of disappointment. Welcome to our first Star Trek reboot movie not directed by J.J. Abrams and instead directed by Justin Lin, who is best known for his work on The Fast and the Furious movies.
Thus we get another trailer with a weird soundtrack with a ridiculous number of jump cuts, an exploding Enterprise and even some motorcycle stunts. I understand that the reboot movies have been a significant effort to open up the franchise to younger audiences. So I've appreciated the efforts to sort of keep the core spirit of the franchise intact while embellishing here and there with little twists and turns.
But this latest movie is looking pretty crazy. And while I respect Simon Pegg as a screenwriter, I've often found that his creative vision isn't always translated well as depending on the director. And the manner in which they've chose to sell this latest movie with this trailer is just confusing as heck and pretty offensive to longer-term fans. This was supposed to be a world where things like precision transporters were a challenge and yet the trailer features a number of highly dynamic transporter shots that make no sense at all. And I can go on a full fanboy rant about the many things that feel wrong about this movie, but I have better things to do with my life.
I'm living a life where I feel like even some of the Michael Bay Transformers movies feel more true to their original franchise than this movie at this point. Maybe my opinion will change with future trailers or once the movie officially comes out. But for now, I'm really not happy with the direction this franchise seems to be taking.