Star Trek – Beyond

Must Go
The crew of the USS Enterprise are back to celebrate Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary with a new movie in the alternate timeline started with 2009’s Star Trek.
The ensemble cast slip back into their characters seamlessly. Chris Pine is fine as Capt Kirk, Zarchary Quinto is still great as Spock and Simon Pegg is Scottish again as Montgomery Scotty. What I especially liked about this film was giving Karl Urban’s Bones a more active role in this film as well as pairing him up with and eventually bonding with everyone’s favorite Vulcan. Karl Urban has proved over these three films to be a brilliant Bones and I enjoyed the performance as well as how the character was utilized in this film.
The film ended with a lovely tribute to the old Star trek crew, Leonard Nimoy. With Zachary Quinto as Mr. Spock’s reaction over the death of the “other” Mr. Spock (the venerable Vulcan ambassador from an alternate “future”) is one that’s mentally echoed by all true fans of the original STAR TREK franchise over the past fifty years. In fact, as the ambassador, himself, might put it:
“It is probably the one emotional reaction in the universe that is paradoxically quite logical.”
Another real tragedy is the death of Anton Yelchin as Chekov in that freak car accident. RIP Chekov.
Star Trek has never been more visually stunning, than Star Trek Beyond is. It is a brilliant combination of action, adventure, and humor.
Don’t forget to review youtube’s Nimoy Quinto car commercial.
Old age and treachery will always beat youth and exuberance.


No Go
Not really worth the price of a ticket. I am not that familiar with Roald Dahl; but I loved the Oompa-Loompas from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Nothing like that here. Move on.


Must GO
This is the BEST Tarzan Movie ever.
There’s a moment in David Yates’ excellent and emotionally resonant Legend of Tarzan when George Washington Williams’, played by Samuel L. Jackson, goads civilized Tarzan, played by Alexander Skarsgard, just a little too much. Alexander Skarsgard’s Tarzan erupts instantly and spectacularly with a combination of physical force and gut-chilling animal sounds and pins the American to a wall, then growls out the words: “They have my wife, and their families.” In this single small moment, Yates and Skarsgard put on display Tarzan’s utter commitment to the woman he loves while at the same time evoking the internal contradiction of a man who in adulthood could pass among society as an aristocratic Englishman, but whose feral upbringing has left him with a volatile beast within that can overwhelm the civilized trappings in an instant.
This is not an action movie in the vein of Captain America or any of the modern action movies. It is a story. A very well told story of adventure driven by the love of a man for his mate. Jane is beautiful and when she smiles the screen explodes with light.
Was George Washington Williams (Samuel L Jackson) a real person? The ‘legend of Tarzan’ character has a fascinating history. You MUST “google him”!
Christoph Waltz (Captain Ron) is his usual slime bucket self who really gets what he deserves. Captain Rom, another historical figure, was known to keep severed heads of Black Africans in his flower beds – mind the petunias.
This is a spectacular movie, you really must go see this one.

Finding Dory

No Go
As much as I hate admitting it, I couldn’t wait for it to be over. Near the last quarter or so of the movie it just got redundant and all I could think was, “Ok, this can be over any time now.” I enjoyed seeing characters from Nemo make appearances, and a couple new characters were charming, but overall it’s not enough to make Dory an instant classic like Nemo.
I wish I had a nickel for every time she mentioned she has memory problems; I’d be stinking rich. Trust me, the bad memory shtick gets very old after a short time.
Save your money.