Two years ago, Star Trek: Into Darkness hit cinemas. Paramount Pictures, following the success of J.J. Abram’s first Star Trek film, invested a lot of time and money into the project. Yet, when Into Darkness eventually hit cinemas, it was hardly the success story the team had hoped it’d be. Could Star Trek Beyond redeem the series?
The Star Trek community has been waiting anxiously for the third film in this intergalactic series. For two years we’ve sat with baited breath. However, as Collider reports, we can all relax as it appears the latest episode is a much stronger sequel.
Beyond got a big thumbs up according to tweets from a screening of the movie in LA. The tweets, compiled by ComicBookMovie, are from several top critics, so we can trust their opinions.
The critics praised Chris Pine and Sofia Boutella — with Boutella’s Jaylah receiving a lot of positivity for her performance. Simon Pegg is also commended on delivering a strong script, balancing both humour and action well. They even compared Beyond with the original series.
Pegg, who has been co-writing Star Trek Beyond as well as playing Scotty, spoke last year about taking the latest installment away from the first two movies. Featuring over on CinemaBlend last year, he mentions that:
“They [Paramount] had a script for Star Trek that wasn’t really working for them. I think the studio was worried that it might have been a little too Star Trek-y.”
By taking the films down this new route, it seems Star Trek will be able to open itself up to bigger and broader audiences than before. From what the critics are saying, Star Trek Beyond will also be a bigger success story than Into Darkness. In the end, though, it’ll be the box office that decides Beyond’s success.
Star Trek Beyond blasts into cinemas on July 22.
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