Star Trek : Into Darkness

3 replies [Last post]
Matt Barton
Matt Barton's picture
Offline
Joined: 01/16/2006

We went to see the new Star Trek movie last night. I have to admit that I really enjoyed the film, mostly because of the excellent casting. At this point, I'm having a hard time considering a better fit for Spock than Zachary Quinto, and Benedict Cumberbatch (another of my favorites; loved him as Sherlock) as Khan was a stroke of brilliance.

My only peeves are that Khan didn't get enough development in the film. He should have had at least 10% more on-screen time to better develop his character and give BC a chance to really perform. I'm also really not liking how emotional Spock in this--tears, really? Part of Nimoy's Spock (maybe the major part) appeal was his restraint. You were always wondering--does he just not feel anything, or is he just hiding it? That was a great dynamic to work with. Quinto's Spock--eh, why not kiss, cry, etc.? What next, Desperate Vulcan First Officers? I could also do with fewer explosions and more science. This is STAR TREK, not STAR WARS, JJ!!!!

On a positive note, the characters are starting to gel. They don't quite have the chemistry of the TV casts, but they're as far off as I feared. I also enjoyed all the nods in this movie to old trekkies (ref. to Mudd, tribbles, etc.)

All in all, I definitely recommend it. Peeves aside, it's a fun film.

n/a
Paul H
Offline
Joined: 10/11/2011
I saw the movie and I enjoyed

I saw the movie and I enjoyed it, but it is definitely not the same Star Trek I grew up with.

I didn't like how they turned McCoy into a one-liner machine, he had a very small part in the first movie but it felt to me like the character did a lot more. I felt like the whole reactor reset scene was forced for nostalgia, but I enjoyed the more subtle reference's to Trek's past - Nurse Chapel and Harvey Mudd get mentioned, the ship models in the admiral's office match the "past" ships from Enterprise.

Cumberpatch is a fantastic actor and he does a great job as Khan, but JJ continues making every character have super powers by giving Khan magic rejuvenation blood and crazy fighting ability.

If there is another movie: I hope it is a less action-y. I hope McCoy returns to being a major character like in TOS. I hope they don't borrow so much plot from an existing trek story.

n/a
Matt Barton
Matt Barton's picture
Offline
Joined: 01/16/2006
Yes, there's no denying that

Yes, there's no denying that this is action, action, and more action. The tiny bit of "thought" here is about the nature of terrorism, but it's rather weak. It's far from the classic Treks that you watched and then about long afterward philosophically. This is Trek for the ADD generation.

n/a
clok1966
Offline
Joined: 01/21/2009
I havent seen it as I'm not

I havent seen it as I'm not digging the shoot um up instead of thinking mans sci fi.. don't get me wrong.. it was a good movie ( last one) but its just not the direction Star Trek should go.. money rules with an iron fist.. thinking mans sci fi only makes some money.. wiz bang boom makes tons more.. Yes, I will see it as I am far more Star Trek then Wars.. so i just have to.. I also think spock and BONES are cast with some real love.. the rest all work and i have no problem with um.. One thing to remember .. in Star Trek (old) lore Spock was VERY emotional (for Spock) when he was young in starfleet, it was often mentioned in storylines about his past and how he worked hard to overcome it.. how that translates (to me its more a slight slip.. not real emotions, so it may be bad in film as you say). I did plan on seeing it this weekend but teh cold bug won my time slot.. Im glad to see you enjoyed it, I'm guessing I will too.. even with the regrets the way they are "actioning" the series.

Speaking of movies.. anybody see A Cabin In The Woods? i heard it was ok (Joss whedon wrote it, or part of it)but expected standard horror movie.. (and it was sort of) but man is it fun.. never expected it to be what it was.. total twist of a movie...

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.