The casting has been so well done. Chris Pine as Captain James Tiberius Kirk is perfect. He fills the role of commanding officer of the USS Enterprise convincingly, and is a good prelude to William Shatner's unforgettable performance in that part. Zachary Quinto is a gorgeous Commander Spock, first officer and science officer, one of my favourite characters. Karl Urban plays Lieutenant Commander Leonard McCoy, M.D., chief medical officer, and reminds us often of DeForest Kelley, of the original series. Simon Pegg as Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Scott, second officer and chief engineer, is the epitome of a Scottish engineer. This character is a reminder of the times when Glasgow, Scotland, was one of the leading centres of engineering in the world, and Scottish engineers were prized.
It was such a disappointment to see Krall/Captain Balthazer Edison, covered with so much makeup. It would be nice to have seen more of his face. It also was upsetting to see him blown off into space. Hopefully he will live to appear in another Star Trek movie. Idris Elba, who plays this part, is a leading English actor, and it would be enjoyable to see more of him. Perhaps he will appear in the sequel as the ruler of a planet on which competition is the ruling philosophy. Perhaps he will have modified the philosophy into working hard and achieving the best results, competing against past performances to produce one's personal best, as is part of the modern Unites States philosophy. He can combine it with the cooperation and friendliness of the Starfleet philosophy. Both are essential to a fully functioning society. It doesn't have to be either /or.
Star Trek: Beyond is a fun movie! I found it highly entertaining, but then, I love science fiction.