In just eight short days, Star Trek Beyond will hit theaters nationwide. Last night, Paramount held a critics screening for this sci-fi sequel. While full reviews are still forthcoming, several critics offered their early reactions on social media. For those who might be on the fence about this new adventure, which brings in a new director (Justin Lin) and writers (Simon Pegg and Doug Jung), these critics had overwhelmingly positive reactions to the film.
Following the screening last night, a number of film critics took to Twitter to reveal their early thoughts about this new Star Trek adventure. While there are no spoilers for the movie itself in the tweets below, it is revealed that the movie honored the late Leonard Nimoy and Star Trek Beyond star Anton Yelchin, who was tragically killed in a freak accident last month. However, these early reactions don't address a controversial topic that was first announced earlier this month.
John Cho said in an interview last week that his iconic character Sulu is revealed to be gay in Star Trek Beyond. George Takei, who played Sulu in the original series and came out years later as a gay man, announced in an interview that he was "disappointed" in their choice to make Sulu gay, since he was straight on the original series. We'll have to wait until the full reviews come out to learn what these critics think about Sulu's homosexuality.
Star Trek Beyond, the highly anticipated next installment in the globally popular Star Trek franchise, created by Gene Roddenberry and reintroduced by J.J. Abrams in 2009, returns with director Justin Lin (The Fast and the Furious franchise) at the helm of this epic voyage of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her intrepid crew. In Beyond, the Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.
Paramount Pictures and Skydance's Star Trek Beyond is a Bad Robot, Sneaky Shark, Perfect Storm Entertainment production. The film stars Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoë Saldana as Uhura, Karl Urban as Bones, John Cho as Sulu, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Anton Yelchin as Chekov and Idris Elba as the new villain Krall. Directed by Justin Lin, the third film in the franchise series is produced by J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci, Lindsey Weber and Lin; and executive produced by Jeffrey Chernov, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Tommy Harper. Based upon the Star Trek TV series created by Gene Roddenberry, the screenplay is written by Pegg & Doug Jung. Take a look at the early reactions for Star Trek Beyond below, and stay tuned for more as we get closer and closer to the July 22 release date.
Had a lot of fun with Star Trek Beyond! Simple McGuffin story, but it has great energy, character utilization, and big blockbuster moments.— Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) July 14, 2016
STAR TREK BEYOND does something magical: has big, bold action but puts these characters in, basically, a TOS episode. For me it was a dream.— Jordan Hoffman (@jhoffman) July 14, 2016
Just saw Star Trek Beyond. I am allowed to say I really, really enjoyed it. Way better than Into Darkness & closest to spirit of TOS. 🖖— Jim Vejvoda (@JimVejvoda) July 14, 2016
Thumbs up. I think most people are going to really enjoy Star Trek Beyond— John Campea (@johncampea) July 14, 2016
Bones has the best line of the movie. You'll know it as soon as you hear it!— John Campea (@johncampea) July 14, 2016
Star Trek Beyond is a well made scifi adventure. It just isn’t Star Trek. It’s a pretty good Mass Effect movie, though, if you want that.— Jeff Cannata (@jeffcannata) July 14, 2016
Was so happy watching Star Trek Beyond. Love this cast. Movie isn't perfect but it's funny, filled with great action, and isn't on Earth!— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) July 14, 2016
Really think fans are going to enjoy Star Trek Beyond. I did. Think most will be like pic.twitter.com/SHTfPsOFps— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) July 14, 2016
Actually, I can say that #StarTrekBeyond is terrific. Funny, exciting and touching.— Scott Collura (@ScottCollura) July 14, 2016
STAR TREK BEYOND is very entertaining, surprisingly earnest, occasionally dopey (but in a good way). I think Trek fans will really dig it.— Bilge Ebiri (@BilgeEbiri) July 14, 2016
It's also, amazingly enough, very much a Justin Lin film.— Bilge Ebiri (@BilgeEbiri) July 14, 2016
STAR TREK BEYOND: slick, self-contained & has the best music cue of any blockbuster this yr. by 2016 standards, it’s the sistine chapel. [C]— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) July 14, 2016
#StarTrekBeyond is a lot of fun. Leagues better than Into Darkness. I don't like it quite as much as 2009 though.— Alex Welch (@AlexRWelch) July 14, 2016
Also, great and subtle tributes to both Anton Yelchin and Leonard Nimoy. #StarTrekBeyond— Alex Welch (@AlexRWelch) July 14, 2016
I'll also say that Chris Pine is better as Kirk in #StarTrekBeyond than he's ever been before.— Alex Welch (@AlexRWelch) July 14, 2016
Just saw #StarTrekBeyond, and it's infinitely better than Star Trek Into Darkness. One of the most entertaining Trek films.— William Bibbiani (@WilliamBibbiani) July 14, 2016
Two #StarTrekBeyond dedications appear in the closing credits:— jen yamato (@jenyamato) July 14, 2016
"In Loving Memory of Leonard Nimoy"
#StarTrekBeyond feels like a TOS episode in a way that gives this new Trekverse a really long future. Fun, pretty dark, lots of fan moments— jen yamato (@jenyamato) July 14, 2016
Simon Pegg's co-writing on @StarTrek Beyond balances humor & action which makes up for a few big hiccups in an otherwise entertaining flick— Jeff Goldsmith (@yogoldsmith) July 14, 2016
No idea what the hardcore will think, but I reeeeeally enjoyed STAR TREK BEYOND. This should have been the sequel to '09.— TheMoogly (@DrewAtHitFix) July 14, 2016
Big sigh of relief: STAR TREK BEYOND is a blast. Easily the best of the new series.— Don Kaye (@donkaye) July 14, 2016
Any TOS fan is going to love #StarTrekBeyond. The most beautiful Trek movie & the closest to the original series. A true space adventure!— Jason Inman (@Jawiin) July 14, 2016
Some of #StarTrekBeyond's best moments are Sofia Boutella moments. Great addition, kickass character, hope she comes back for more Trek 🔥— jen yamato (@jenyamato) July 14, 2016
Star Trek Beyond overcomes its villain problem with the cast, the set pieces, and a surprising amount of heart.Most optimistic of the three.— Jack Giroux (@JackGi) July 14, 2016
Star Trek Beyond's character moments are its strongest quality. The crew's banter and conversations are as fun as the action.— Jack Giroux (@JackGi) July 14, 2016
If anyone spoils any of STAR TREK BEYOND for you, unfollow them. Go in as cold as you can.— TheMoogly (@DrewAtHitFix) July 14, 2016