So I loved the 2009 Star Trek movie. Seriously, that level of entertainment and witty dialogue is what I want out of my own writing. I’m also a big fan of JJ Abrams movies. Note the emphasis. I fucking hated Lost. Seriously hated it. The minute I saw a main enemy was a monster made of smoke I couldn’t take it seriously. Also that ending.
ANYWAY. Y’all didn’t want to read a Lost rant! No, no, you came to hear me rave about Star Trek: Into Darkness, right? Because that’s all you’ll get out of me about it.
I loved this movie for what it is: a science fiction action adventure LET’S GET INTO TROUBLE DAMMIT JIM I’M A DOCTOR FASCINATING time. Yes. That is an actual genre, specified only for Star Trek movies. Ahem. If you haven’t noticed by now, I am A-okay with movies that entertain only. I like depth, don’t get me wrong (and I love deeper science fiction movies), but I will watch and become a rabid fangirl of stuff like this, too.
Commander John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) starts some shit and Kirk (Chris Pine) goes on a rage-induced manhunt because of it. From there, all sorts of things happen in typical Trek fashion — as in it’s one series of events after another after another and fight scenes and and oh what wait.
They end up on Kronos (YAY KLINGONS) during said manhunt, then they end up in space, and then and then. No really, this plot is very straightforward and I don’t want to give spoilers.
HONESTLY THOUGH these spoilers are practically not spoilers. Cumberbatch’s character is supposed to be a Starfleet secret or some such, whose real identity is carefully hidden by the higher ups and JJ Abrams alike. If you have even the TINIEST knowledge of Trek lore or past movies, you will know exactly who he is the minute certain things are mentioned (WHICH I WON’T MENTION BECAUSE SPOILERS). Or if you happened to casually look up the movie on IMDb. DON’T YOU DARE DO IT.
There’s a lot of caps lock going on in this post.
Things I Liked
Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Kirk have some fun dialogue and derps. If you liked their interactions in the first movie you will definitely like it here.
All the characters are as lovable as ever. From Scotty (the hilarious Simon Pegg) to Chekov (Anton Yelchin) to Sulu (John Cho) and Uhura (Zoe Saldana), everyone is on par with their older counterparts. I know, I know them’s fightin’ words, but IT’S TRUE FOR ME. I love new Star Trek characters, but I understand why it must be weird (or downright wrong) to see these beloved people remade. I was more of a Picard fangirl. If/when they get to his era of things I’m going to have a hard time imagining anyone NOT Patrick Stewart filling those shoes. So I get it. But still, if Not-Patrick-Stewart did a great job and the movie was good, I’d still like it. That’s how I am.
Holy crap that was a long disclaimer-esque paragraph.
The graphics are awesome.
Not once did the pacing lag or bore me. I was completely engrossed for the majority of the movie.
The snarky dialogue and character interactions even in dire moments made me laugh a lot. The whole movie theater did, really. In that sense Into Darkness is a lot like Iron Man 3, just not QUITE so much. (That’s a different review though.)
Uhura and Spock are a strange couple to me, but I like it. It shows that this Spock is more human than alien, and it’s a nice change of pace. Quinto’s Spock isn’t trying to be Nemoy’s Spock, and I’m beyond grateful for that. Why? Because I love the fuck out of both of them, but if new Spock was just a copy of old Spock he wouldn’t be half as interesting.
EDIT: I FORGOT TO MENTION SOMETHING. I really liked that this movie revolved around the peacekeeping vs militarization of Starfleet. It really pushed this WE NEED TO KILL but is that really right? IT’S NECESSARY SOMETIMES but is this right? This isn’t what we do, is it? Should it be? I really liked that question, and it was something I felt was a nice addition to the movie. (It’s not totally explored. I admit I explored it a lot on my own time though. I’m cool that way.)
Um um um I really can’t think of anything bad — oh wait.
Things I Didn’t Like
ALICE EVE’S CHARACTER. I get who Carol Marcus is, but seriously? That girl was there to take her clothes off and get rescued. She was beyond pointless and useless and annoying. But I have a thing for strong women. Even Uhura is slightly on the weaker end (SLIGHTLY. She was pretty badass in this movie though, and definitely more independent than Marcus’s and other stereotypical female side characters).
Rating: 4/5 stars
Tl;dr: If you don’t think about the plot too much (because this is action adventure scifi with ridiculous tech) it’s a very very very fun movie. DON’T go see it if you have a super hardcore attachment to old Star Trek stuff. DO go see it if you like fun scifi movies with great action and characters.