To 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.