Very silly and very messy, but pretty watchable in low-brow seventies SF (Saturn 3 for e.g.) kinda way. If it took itself any more seriously or was any longer it would have completely imploded. Nice Goldsmith-esque Bear McReary score too
Like all the Bad Robot Treks, it comes from the gut, not the heart or the head, and the aesthetic is somewhat un-ambitious, but Beyond is enjoyable in its unpretentious simplicity and delivers on the possibility offered by the 2009 film. In a lot of ways it feels a lot like a throwback to films like The Last Starfighter and (ironically) Galaxy Quest, and the problem solving chemistry of the cast goes a long way. A moment about twenty minutes from the end may make some eyes roll, but I punched the air.
Interesting view of the Star Wars universe stripped of its moral certainty as well as its fairy tale/Campbellian mythology, replaced with viscera and grit. Slips in a couple of spots but sticks the landing and crucially proves that the darker corners of this galaxy are places worth looking into on future 'non-saga' instalments. Very, very good.