Star Trek Into Darkness

StarTrekIntoDarknessTo boldly go where no man … er … no one has gone before.  (I must still be thinkin’ 1960s television series…)

Well, actually before Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), J.J. Abrams already went there before with his Star Trek (2009) “re-boot”.  No matter – in each case I’m glad I was along for the ride.

I really enjoyed the latest Trekkie film (lens flares and all).  It had a nice combination of sci-fi adventure, in-joke comedy, camp, and a few nods to the past.  I also really enjoyed the score, which I thought was both grand and stirring.

I didn’t catch this one in 3-D; however, it looked great in 2-D.

Throughout both of the new Trek films, I got a kick out of the way the actors did near spot-on impersonations of their television counterparts.  For me, it adds to the fun – and helps avoid taking the whole thing too seriously.  Simon Pegg as “Scotty” (what a great name for a character) just kills me.  I recall that he was superb in Shaun of the Dead (2004) as well…  And Karl Urban does a great “Bones”.  I think Zachary Quinto has a more difficult time with “Spock”; his character really isn’t allowed to go camp except for a couple of great references to The Wrath of Kahn (1982 … was it that long ago?) – and he pulls it off nicely here.

Like Oblivion (2013), this isn’t serious, thought-provoking sci-fi.  It’s fun sci-fi – so don’t look for any deep messages.  (Even the guys wearing the black and white grease-paint on the television series had some form of message to give us…)  But no matter.  I had a thoroughly enjoyable time with this installment; and if there’s another, I’ll be sure to see that one, too.

2 thoughts on “Star Trek Into Darkness

  1. I was seriously underwhelmed by this film, and didn’t find it fun at all. In fact, I found it all very unpleasant to sit through.

    Unlike you, I don’t buy most of these actors in these roles. To me, they look like little kids playing dress up. Chris Pine’s Kirk is really obnoxious in this one, being so bull-headed he becomes tiresome very quickly. And why all the anger in the story?

    Without giving anything away to people who haven’t seen it, let’s see, Kirk is mad at Spock, Uhura is mad at Spock, Kirk is mad at Scotty, Scotty argues with Kirk. Doesn’t anyone in this movie get along?

    The villain is very bland, and the hosannas he’s receiving for his performance I don’t quite get. He’s not bad by any means, but hardly in the pantheon of great Star Trek villains. And there are some scenes in the movie that distinctly recall past Trek movies, which some may find clever, but I just found lazy. Really, they have six years to come up with a sequel and this is the best they can come up with? Giving one character here lines of dialogue that another character said in a previous movie. This is what passes for wit and cleverness in movies today.

    And yeah, I’m going to call out Abrams on his really over the top use of lens flares. When it is used throughout the movie, even in key dialogue scenes, for me it’s really distracting and takes me out of the movie each time it occurs, which is pretty much throughout the movie.

    And when a movie isn’t working for me, little things seem to bother me, like the foley work in the fight scenes. I’m telling you some of those punches sounded as exaggerated as any hits thrown in a kung-fu flick from the 1970s.

    Did I like anything about the movie? The score is tremendous, easily the best thing in the movie and it’s probably my favorite score of the year so far. But alas, a good score can’t save a bad film but it can make it bearable.

    I know a lot of people liked this movie, but I found it most unpleasant to sit through. I’m hoping someone other than Abrams will take the reins for the next one, with a story featuring a crew that likes and cares for each other, explores new civilizations in the universe, and makes no winking references to past glories in the franchise. They only remind us of older, better films.

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