FINALLY I got round to seeing Star Trek Into Darkness having anticipated its arrival for what feels like several years. I am a Star Trek fan (over Star Wars, sorry!) so I had high expectations for the second film in the franchise. 2009’s Star Trek was pretty good, although the casting of Chris Pine as Kirk did ruffle my feathers a little, I have accepted it now and have almost grown to like his puffy face. I unwittingly saw this in 3D, which only added dramatic effect during the opening sequence if I am honest. In fact, I don’t know how it was possible but for the first 10 minutes of the film the 3D wasn’t working, as if there were no lenses in the glasses – then suddenly it flicked on – but by this point I was pretty irritated by it. Putting that aside, here’s my humble opinion on Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).
I managed to avoid all reviews and spoilers before going in which meant the whole film (almost) was a great surprise. I didn’t see where the story was going, the twists came as actual shocks to me and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Pine’s Captain Kirk is arrogant and a little too cock-sure but his interactions with the rest of the crew pull him back out of irritating territory. John Cho (Sulu) and Anton Yelchin (Chekov) get some more lime light in this story which I loved to see, especially when Sulu takes the chair, brilliant! Zoe Saldana also gives a good performance as Uhura, and her relationship with Spock is explored further. She also comes in handy when they run into some Klingons – who were a little too decorated for my liking but I guess they are just modernising them a bit.
Simon Pegg is excellent again as Scotty, some great dialogue and banter between him and Kirk, and the same can be said for Karl Urban as Bones. BUT Bones was starting to get on my nerves, all he ever seemed to say was something along the lines of “You’re not actually going to..” “You’re not really suggesting that…” Alright negative nancy keep your skirt on, and tone down the stage acting pllllease. Speaking of skirts, I’m glad to see sexism has taken a few steps back in the future… put some women in trousers for crying out loud!
Moving swiftly on, SPOCK! He stole the show for me, Zachary Quinto plays a brilliant Spock and I couldn’t think of anyone better to take on Leonard Nimoy’s legacy. The character develops more than I thought in the second installment which I was pleased to see, he must have been a hit in the first film. His Vulcan and Human sides raging a war in his head, not knowing when or what to feel – it tugs at the heart strings, but also makes for some comedic exchanges! (See Pike and Spock!) Then he almost made me pee when he had his little emotional outburst outside the radiation chamber!!
Now the man everyone’s been talking about, probably, Benedict Cumberbatch. If you look on IMDB you’ll know what character he plays, plus all the rumors before the film came out, but I wont ruin it if you haven’t seen it. Suffice to say he isn’t rocking the mullet or giant pecks but he plays a damn good bad guy! Wholly believable, ruthless and just plain evil. I think for the story line and the way his character is portrayed, the casting here is brilliant. As well as the use of Peter ‘Robocop’ Weller as top dog of the Federation, and Bruce Greenwood back as Pike, Star Trek Into Darkness has an excellent cast!
My only wish is for a stronger female character, Uhura has the only interesting female role and really that’s mostly because of her relationship with Spock. The introduction of Alice Eve as Carol seemed quite pointless, and the shot of her in her undies unnecessary. She does become integral to the story but at first just seems to be eye candy for Kirk. Of course there are not many women in the original Star Trek but as the series’ progressed there were some stronger roles, plus you know it is 2013…
Aside from that, I thoroughly enjoyed the story, loved watching the classic characters interact and the action sequences were brilliant. In fact I got so excited and nostalgic at one point I thought I saw Data in one of the freeze pods. The 3D wasn’t great, almost forgotten about by half way through. But the special effects, fight scenes and sets were awesome. I would suggest any sci-fi or action fan should give this a watch, and ignore the fan boys who pick fault at everything, because this film is highly entertaining and the cast, fantastic.
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