Star Trek Beyond won’t hit theaters until next week, but the early reviews for the movie are already in. The critics have spoken. How did the third installment of the franchise reboot fare? More importantly, should you go ahead and buy tickets for it?
Star Trek fans aren’t all eager for this upcoming installment. The last movie, Star Trek Into Darkness, premiered three years ago to mostly “lackluster” reviews. According to Cinema Blend, though, the response to this upcoming movie has mostly been positive. Film critics were able to watch the movie earlier this week, and they all seem to have enjoyed it. The film blog even said Beyond seems “poised to return the franchise to its former glory.”
Cinema Blend’s film reviewer Eric Eisenberg “had a lot of fun” watching the movie. He praised the film for its “great energy, character utilization, and big blockbuster moments.” Eisenberg isn’t alone in praising the movie, though. The Daily Beast’s movie critic, Jen Yamato, also liked the movie. According to her, the movie was “fun and pretty dark” and had “lots of fan moments.”
The Guardian’s entertainment writer, Jordan Hoffman, was just as excited for the movie as Eisenberg and Yamato. Hoffman took to Twitter to call the movie “a dream,” which “does something magical… [It] has big, bold action but puts these characters in, basically, a [The Original Series] episode.”
IGN’s Jim Vejvoda also compared Beyond to the original series. “I really, really enjoyed it,” he said, adding that it was “way better” than Into Darkness and “closest to [the spirit] of TOS.”
Star Trek Beyond is the thirteenth overall movie in the Star Trek franchise. It will be the third in the reboot series. The movie’s stars, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, who play Captain James T. Kirk and Commander Spock, have both agreed to return for a fourth movie. However, Paramount has yet to confirm this possible sequel.
The upcoming Star Trek movie will premiere at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The movie’s theatrical release, on the other hand, will come two days after that. Star Trek Beyond will hit the big screens in Australia on July 21.