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“But like its two predecessors, Beyond’s focus on being fun is at the expense of being something meaningful. It's dumb fun, which more or less sums up the Trek reboot series.”
Part one of a two part ranking of all 12 Star Trek films, from worst to first.
“Christian Bale acts more robotic than the cyborgs he’s fighting.”
“Can we open up Abrams’ Mystery Box and find out why he bothered to bring back [REDACTED] in the first place?”
“Alas, no one knew the Star Trek franchise was about to take a massive dose of stupid pills.”
“I don’t know what I expected from a movie about a guy speaking through a beaver puppet, exactly, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a sobering message about the debilitating effects of depression.”
At this point, I am convinced that J.J. Abrams is the single greatest threat to good filmmaking today. The usual reaction to a statement like that is for people to rush and defend him by pointing out how “not bad” his handful of films are. The repeated use of the phrase “not bad” is really all I need to illustrate my point.
Ursa takes a newbie's-eye view of the 2009 Star Trek movie, and talks lens flares, Chris Pine, and how this movie relates to Jeremy Brett. No, really. This episode also includes a completely spoiler-free "review" (read: extended impressions session) of Star Trek Into Darkness. Caution: May contain Benedict Cumberbatch.