so Beyond was pretty fun and ok and shit!
like, I really enjoyed myself for the most part. given his background you'd think Lin would have executed the combat stuff with a little more precision and clarity, but he's very much of the school of filmmaking where basically everything is emphasized so in the end nothing really is and the editing and hand-to-hand stuff here was just kind of poor--but there was a lot of energy and a lot of good ideas for action twists and beats and the film looked like it cost about a bajillion dollars to make. I mean, it's kind of amazing that this and Suicide Squad cost about the same amount, this has SOOOOOOOOO much more scope and money up on the screen. also, it's amazing they spent 180 mil making a Star Trek movie in 2016. it's also amazing in a not-so-good way that they find ways to make non-stop action fest movies from a show that had very, very little action in it. I am tired of these types of bad guys and conflicts in the modern blockbuster and I really hope one more Star Trek gets made that ain't about that shit, because this cast is pretty fun to watch and there is some cool design stuff happening in these movies (though Krall's design was pretty eh) and there were multiple times that I found the film refreshing, it was always looking for some sort of cerebral twist on its action-palooza to try to make it more Star Trek-y, and while that is ultimately misguided, it did make me more involved in what was going on. When the editing would actually let me follow what was going on (good God, that action scene at night on the crashed saucer is a muddle of dimly lit shots where you are pretty sure something cool is happening if you could just see it better and it would stop cutting at weird times).
dramatically, it kind of worked, too. it's kind of undermined by the film trying to throw SO much action at you all the time (did someone say there isn't actually that much action in this? that is absolutely crazy talk. it had action bits almost every other scene, the protracted Enterprise destruction goes on for like ten, fifteen minutes [but is thankfully awesome for most of those minutes], I think the entire third act is big, loud action). some of the thematic stuff that is just focused on the crew works okay, the harder-edged thematic stuff is built into the conflict with Krall and the ideological divide there and, unfortunately, that is really hampered by Krall being a confused mess of a character that doesn't quite make sense, like all nu-Trek villains.
but can I just say that despite it's ridiculous, contrived setup and despite it being yet another big, bold, loud moment in a movie filled with them... that "Sabotage" sequence was a thing of joy. worked like gangbusters in my packed theater. my favorite fusion of image and sound in an action setpiece since Fury Road. never has technobabble resulted in a solution so viscerally satisfying.