this issue we’ve got a thousand and one opinions on Star Trek Beyond. And on other stuff too!
Mickeyleon 48, Twitter It truly felt like a long version of an original Star Trek episode in the modern era. Job done for fans of the show.
Andy Hall, Facebook Loved it, and it felt closer to Star Trek than the previous two. Tone was good, loved the diplomatic stuff, the Enterprise looked glorious, great action, loved seeing more of the Federation and a bit of Trek history.
Andrew Halliday, Facebook A great (but not perfect – there were some silly bits) ensemble piece, with something for everybody to do. Pegg clearly understands the team dynamic.
Leland Reibling, Facebook A rip-off of Avatar. Everything looked like recycled old film from previous Trek movies but more blurry. Except this time Spock is crying all the time and Scotty is a fool and has to ask people how to fix things. Still, my favourite movie for the summer compared to the rest of the Hollywood trash. SFX Wow, you really didn’t like other summer movies then.
Rob Perry, Facebook It was the movie Into Darkness should have been. Telling its own standalone story with subtle nods to the larger franchise, without directly lifting entire narrative chunks. The greatest compliment I can give it is it felt like an original series episode writ large. Cracking stuff.
Tony, Twitter I felt motion sickness watching it! As a result I hated it.
Paul Starkey, Facebook Absolutely loved it! So much better than Into Dorkness!
Gary Mancini, Facebook I didn’t think much of it. Found the story plodding.
Eddie Fowler, Facebook Extremely average, and obvious; the screenplay lacks anything original or imaginative. Giant “meh”.
Robert William Graham, Facebook Loved it. It felt like a big budget episode of the classic original series with better effects. The best of the rebooted movies.
Jenny Davies, Facebook A lot of fun; great ensemble cast, copious amounts of humour and impressive setpieces.
Jonathan Savage, Facebook Brilliant, definitely up there with First Contact and Voyage Home.
Bo Zo, Facebook Best to worst imo: II, III, FC, VI, IV, ST09, STID, STB, TMP, GEN, V, NEM, INS (but STB may go up after a rewatch).
David Yates, Facebook A big improvement on the previous one. I particularly liked the scenes
It felt like a long version of an original episode
with Spock and McCoy, especially when they finally admitted that they were friends of each other and not just mutual friends of Kirk’s. So sad to see Chekov, knowing that Anton Yelchin is no longer with us.
Scott James, Facebook Some niggles, most notably the “race to get to where the bad-guy is going before he does a thing with the McGuffin to destroy everyone” shtick, but overall it was very enjoyable.
Marc Bourgeois, Facebook The odds of the Enterprise vs the swarm were too big against the Enterprise. No way they could’ve survived. Crew looks tired. The throwback of 20th century technology that ends up saving the day is a bit much.
Gary Lee Kydd, Facebook Fantastic movie, loved it right from the get go. Plenty of nice little music nods to the old Star Trek themes too. Took the whole family wife and kids, a 10/10 from all. Pegg nailed it – he truly knows his genre. It’s good to have a guy who knows the fans and is at the helm. SFX So reasonably positive overall, then. Will the forthcoming TV series get as good a reception, I wonder... #YES, THEY HAVE NO DICKS
James Kinsley, Norwich I didn’t hold out a huge amount of hope for Ghostbusters, specifically because I wasn’t a fan of Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids, or Melissa McCarthy’s broad comedy roles. But like all rational human beings, I was dismayed by the rabid misogyny that greeted the announcement of an all-female remake of the ’80s classic. The idea that a film can ruin another film, or anyone’s childhood, is patent nonsense, as the fuss over the Star Wars prequels proved. But the anti-feminist nature of the criticism was far uglier than anything The Phantom Menace provoked. As a result, I wished the film all the luck in the world on principle, and went to see it myself for the same reason. And I’m really glad I did, it’s a really fun ride. Plenty of nods to the original, some subtle, some less so, but also plenty going on in its own right. The performances are mainly great – Wiig, Hemsworth and Jones are all superb, and McCarthy reins in some of her excessive tendencies to create a very likeable character. McKinnon was a little heavy-handed for my tastes, but not to the detriment of the film as a whole. There’s a lot of great gags, decent effects, the story is serviceable if not groundbreaking, and Omar from The Wire’s in it. What’s not to like?
Medium Atomic Weight Haven’t got a clue what the film was about – the orange stripes on the boiler suits kept sending my eyes wonky. SFX It was fun, but a pity they didn’t have a better villain and more conflict. Thanks to all the internet battles about its “politics”, it may be a film that will only be able to be properly judged years down the line.
David Cookson, email Question of the month for me is: does anyone at SFX like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice? I really liked it and have now watched it several times. In the interest of balance, I prefer a Superman who is optimistic, Doomsday was wasted and also way too big (look back at Superman #75 for perspective), and why has Lex designed logos for future Justice League members?! Re: Lex, Eisenberg is watchable but perhaps he should have been playing a different character. On to the positives of the Ultimate Edition review: this cut shows much more manipulation by Lex, blow-torching bodies to look like the result of heat vision and the
No way should BvS score a measly 2.5 stars
extended subplot of Clark investigating the fear of regular citizens in Gotham of Batman all added to why the two heroes end up in a fight. Sorry SFX, but in a world where Fantastic Four, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Green Lantern and Amazing Spider-Man 2 exist, no way should BvS score a measly 2.5 stars. SFX Hey, I liked some of those films! But not everyone at SFX hates Dawn Of Justice. I don’t, for instance. Largely because I haven’t seen it. So you reckon I should watch the Ultimate Edition rather than the normal cut? What do you think, dear readers – which should I view?
#MATT’S THE LIMIT
Azhar Sahota, email I like Doctor Who. I like Matt Lucas. But what I do not like is Matt Lucas’s Nardole character becoming a regular on the show. In fact, it fills me with absolute dread. And is it not also a vote of no-confidence in Pearl Mackie? We were all sure Catherine Tate was going to be awful and she turned out to be great, so let’s hope against hope that history repeats himself. SFX I like your optimism. In these times in the world of Doctor Who optimism is much-needed I feel. #SPOILT BRATS
Ray Adams, Brundall Just a quick response to points raised in issue 277’s First Contact. I don’t like spoilers myself, but take responsibility for avoiding them. New ep of Game Of Thrones airing? Give Twitter a break for a bit. It’s not difficult. That said, it’s equally easy to avoid shouting out big spoilers online too. If you’ve just got back from the cinema, don’t jump online to say “ZOMG HAN SOLO’S [REDACTED]!!!” Just think, is it possible to give an opinion without divulging details? Do that then.
I do, however, take issue with comments like “How much of a fan are you if you didn’t get to a midnight screening?” Umm, a fan with kids? Or a job that won’t allow for that? “People need to get organised and watch the thing they’re into.” Same deal. Or maybe my partner doesn’t like that show, so I can’t watch it when it’s broadcast. Or I can’t afford Sky, so have to wait till other options are available. Real life can impact some folk in different ways. It’s all too easy to assume that what’s possible for you is possible for everyone, so anyone who doesn’t see things as quickly as you is just slack. But life doesn’t work like that, try seeing it from other people’s perspectives before getting too judgemental. SFX Wise words, Ray. If more people could see things from others’ point of view the world would be a better place.
#TOO MUCH OF TOO YOUNG
Chris Nelson, email Am I the only one not enamoured that the new Spider-Man film, and the sequels if there are any, will only feature Peter Parker as a high school student? For me, Peter became a much more interesting character when he graduated. Around the time that John Romita came to The Amazing Spider-Man in issue 39 Peter changed, retaining his appealing streak of vulnerability but becoming less geeky and less insecure. He dated goddesses like Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane Watson for heaven’s sake! The idea of Peter as a high school geek is therefore massively out of date and will limit the sort of stories the films tell. SFX Good point. But of the two actors who’ve played him in films so far, I vastly preferred the geekier version by Tobey Maguire to Andrew Garfield (though Maguire showed inner strength in his pitch-perfect portrayal too).
#A GRAVE MATTER
Ann Bains, email Suicide Squad is a flawed but still-worth-watching film. But the reactions of some of its supporters has been laughable, particularly rubbishing Rotten Tomatoes for giving it bad reviews. Rotten Tomatoes is a website that collates reviews, it doesn’t write them! Talk about shooting the messenger! These people need to get a bit of perspective. SFX I’ve heard it said that the way Rotten Tomatoes ratings are now worked out actually means that films now get a more generous score than before. Can anyone verify whether that’s the case?
Oliver Fitzsimmons, email It certainly wasn’t a great movie, but it was not bad either; definitely not bad enough to warrant a 31-42% rating that the majority of critics have decided. I could understand 5/10, but otherwise it just seems spiteful against the people who worked hard on the film. I know the fact that people put effort into something doesn’t mean anything if the end product is awful, but it wasn’t really; lots of creative visuals, 90% less Zack Snyder, fairly ambitious character roster, and more humour than previously seen in this joyless franchise.
Leto was fine... A decent performance, but failed to even come close to the quality of previous Joker portrayals. It doesn’t matter that he basically had a glorified cameo, he should have seemed like a maelstrom, not a light patter.
Keith Tudor, Romsey For the second year running Paramount has managed to spoil a big twist in a major new film release. Star Trek Beyond was a fun movie with great references to the history of the
series. However, Krall’s identity was spoiled in the TV spots leading up to the film’s release. They showed Idris Elba looking like Idris Elba, making a log entry (rather than the very alien-looking Krall). This along with a crashed warp 4 ship and it doesn’t take a massive leap to work out who he is. Just like John Connor’s Terminator reveal in last year’s
Genisys, this spoiler ruined a big reveal in major release.
SFX Ah, but as you went into the film did you still have in mind that TV spot? Or did you only remember it at the end of the film? Crucial evidence as to whether they did wrong, I’d say!
#WE ALSO HEARD FROM
Lucy Samson, email I recently bought Terrahawks on Blu-ray because I loved it as a kid. Mmm. The difference between a child’s critical faculties and an adult’s can be pretty big can’t they? Charlie Keen, email Chuffed there’s going to be a Rocketeer sequel. A great, underrated film!
Adam Butcher, email You should
have covered The Legend Of
Tarzan. A superhero film if ever I saw one, and not a bad one either.
SFX Indeed. Which gives me the chance to mention a splendid new book called Tarzan On Film, by Scott Tracy Griffin, out now.
Bryn Hughes, Wrexham Long, long ago, Mandrake the Magician was going to be played on the big screen by Marcello Mastroianni. Long ago, it was going to be Kevin Kline. Now, according to Nick Setchfield’s September column, it’s going to be Sacha Baron Cohen. “Development Hell”, indeed. SFX Facts – we love ’em!
They only went and made a good oddnumbered Trek film.
Don’t see it if you hate the colour green.
Looking forward to number four, Uhura?
“Let’s forget our differences and have a big slurpy kiss.”
Harley Quinn: model prisoner?