Thanks to Simon Pegg, who co-wrote it, the new Star Trek film feels much closer to the original television series than the two films that preceded it, especially with its greater emphasis on relationships and dialogue. Unfortunately, it's still too heavy on the action and the plot tells the same basic story as the other films and misses a perfect opportunity to do something original and imaginative at the end, namely redeem the villain. Star Trek Beyond gets *** verging on ***+. My mug is up.
My full review can be found at Third Way Cafe: http://thirdway.com/star-trek-beyond/