This is a damn fine film. You should watch it.
Oh, what, you wanted more than that? Well, see, the Americans don’t have it yet, and in spite of IMDB’s epic spoiler I’m actually trying not to contribute to a Stateside Fan Meltdown. So, no spoilers.
Into Darkness continues the alternative universe introduced by Star Trek in 2009. I think it’s safe to say that if you had a problem with this “reboot”, then you probably aren’t going to be a big fan of Into Darkness either. But I loved Star Trek, and I bloody loved this film too.
Things I like about it:
- James T. Kirk is very intelligent. It’s becoming clear exactly how he makes it as Starfleet’s youngest ever captain.
- Kirk’s influence on Spock’s personality is starting to show itself.
- The film is littered with references and plot hooks from all of Trek canon, not just TOS.
- At heart, this film is all about morality – very much a part of Roddenberry’s original vision.
- There’s not a dud bit of acting or casting anywhere.
- The score, as with the first film, is superb.
- Visual effects? Perfect.
- It’s two hours long, but you won’t notice the time pass.
- Chekov’s face when he’s told to put a red shirt on.
Things I’m a little less sure about:
- I think some plot points were glossed over too quickly and could have used just a couple more lines of dialogue to explain to viewers less familiar with Trek canon.
- A certain blonde’s boobage felt a little gratuitous.
- It wasn’t as tightly plotted as the 2009 film.
- The 3D doesn’t really do much for it other than some spear-throwing at the start of the film.
Obviously it wouldn’t be a Star Trek film without the Enterprise getting shot to shit.
And Benedict Cumberbatch? Not stunt casting, I promise you. Look at this man. This man wants you dead:
It falls short of a perfect 10 due to a couple of tiny niggles, but I’ll take 9/10 any day!
I have very mixed feelings abut this film. For the most part, I enjoyed it and in many ways it surpassed the previous film. The cast give it their all (though I felt Cumberbatch wasn’t given enough to do) and some of the re-jigging of past canon made a lot of sense and fitted in well with the new status quo.
Having said all that, there was one major moment towards the end that nearly ruined the film for me. I won’t go into details, but it just felt like shameless fan service, shoehorned into the script for a cheap emotional moment (that I don’t think the film really earned). I really can’t explain my issues more than that without spoiling the ending, but I thought it was some really lazy writing.
I will be the first to admit that these issues probably stem from my own personal defectiveness, as nobody else I’ve talked to has commented on it, so by and large, great film 🙂
I liked it. I think my own problem was *mutter mumble whispers in ear*.