Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Movie Review - Star Trek Into Darkness


My family loves Star Trek. We've been fans forever. So whenever a Star Trek movie is released we usually see it opening night. We're not those people you see wearing the costumes (though I do think they have fun). But we enjoy the atmosphere that electrifies the air on opening night. After many trailers for other summer movies, the film finally started and the crowd wildly cheered. It was so totally awesome.

Speaking of trailers here's  the Star Trek Into Darkness trailer. 



Doesn't it look fantastic?

I loved the characters. The actors playing the beloved heroes of Captain Kirk, Spock, Dr. McCoy, Scotty, Uhura, and others brought their A game to this film. They delivered lines the fans ached to hear as naturally, if not even more so, than the originals. And they were true to their roles. And the new and revised Khan, oh my stars. Now that's what I call a villain.

I loved the beginning of the movie and how it set up the familiar premise that Spock believes: "The needs of the  many outweigh the needs of the few (one)." And of course, Kirk shows him that sometimes the needs of one can be met with the many who sacrifice to save the few (one). I love it when a character driven by passion (Captain Kirk) can best the non-feeling character (Spock) and even change his logic.

I loved the visual effects. They were hypnotic and so very life like. How did they do that? Oh, I know through the magic of computers and visual imagery. (But in my mind there are space stations where they build starships. I mean, I've seen them on Star Trek. :))

Yes, I loved this movie.

But I do have a question. Why did the film makers feel they needed to rely on old story lines? Yes, they flipped the stories a little and presented them in a fresh way. And there were great surprises. But I kept thinking of that opening monologue. You know the one where Captain Kirk says, "These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before," well, I'm very hopeful that the next Star Trek movie will do just that. We'll be there opening night along with hundreds of other trekkies.

Are you a trekkie? Who is your favorite character? Have you seen Into Darkness? And if so, what did you think?

I'll have a book review for you Thursday.
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