Star Trek Into Darkness is upon us, weird ass name and all.
Now prior to this film there had been ten Star Trek films, six featuring the original cast and four featuring the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation (Deep Space Nine couldn’t have films made because they would have been so awesome and metal that they would likely have melted both the projectors and the faces of the audiences nationwide). The last few weren’t…they weren’t well received. This reboot was successful but was it actually any good?
Full review after the jump.
[WARNING: Full spoilers in this review, but seeing as this movie is four years old at this point I gotta say I don't feel that bad about it]
I have to say that I think my favorite aspect of the film was the soundtrack. Composed by Michael Giacchino I loved every song, especially the new main theme created for the film (played usually we the Enterprise is in view). I actually bought the soundtrack while the film was still in theaters, something I think I only did one other time with Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Giacchino is a super talented composer; he also did the soundtrack for The Incredibles and the song “Roar” from Cloverfield (the overture played during the credits). Even if I hated this film I’d still go see Star Trek Into Darkness because of the strength of the music only.
|Don't you love that new star ship smell?|
New Uhura is fine, and I applaud that the character’s role in the series is so greatly enhanced. I even don’t mind that her character is now romantically linked with New Spock but the creators need to make sure that isn’t her only defining trait. Here it’s fine. I do wish other characters got similar upgrade as my biggest issue with the original series was how the main cast pretty much served as window dressing for Kirk, Spock and McCoy. But as I said earlier everyone gets their moments in this movie but still I’d like to see Sulu (for example, as I love Sulu) do more badass things as the franchise continues. Nero, the Romulan villain, is alright but not particularly memorable. I doubt he’ll go down as one of the most cherished villains in the franchise. Maybe if the film did a bit more to humanize him it would have been better but sadly twenty-five years of sanity challenging hatred towards Spock had pretty much made Nero incapable of doing much else other than megalomania.
|Not sure why anyone in the Federation knows what Romulans look like at this point|
But we'll let that slide for sanity's sake
Also if we are counting this deleted scene as canon than we also have to count all of New Kirk’s acts of dickery as canon as well, such as manipulating the emotions of nice girl Orion girl Gaila so she can help him cheat on a test. Dick moves like that would have made me cheer when New Spock shot him into space. Let’s agree that the deleted scenes can’t be counted as part of the plot, okay?
|Anyone else weirded out by Starfleet's dress code for women?|
The action and acing of this film are both very fast, which is actually pretty different from the classic Star Trek show and films (but a few Next Generation movies did have the heavier reliance on action, sometimes to their detriment). In fact this doesn’t feel like Stark Trek as much as it feels like a modern Star Wars film…which makes sense when you remember that Abrams is a big Star Wars guy. Its well within what we know about him that he’d take a lot of what made Star Wars good and apply it here. But I think it works well; it makes the movie feel fresher and more human than past incarnations of the franchise. I would always say that Abrams didn’t direct Star Trek XI when he did this film but instead he directed Star Wars Episode VII. But now he actually is directing Star Wars Episode VII so I guess it’s come full circle.
|Yes I think New Spock is dreamy; what of it?|
I give Star Trek 4 out of 5 Adorable Pandas.
-Some characters could have been used more
-The main character is a bit unlikable
-The ending is a bit ridiculous