This was truly one of us geek’s most anticipated films this year. Well, this and Man of Steel I suppose. Well, I am afraid to say that for the 4 geeks last night, it was a disappointment. I’ll say that Benedict Cumberbatch was excellent as always (you may remember him as Sherlock on the BBC series that I reviewed here). Chris Pine&Co playing the beloved Kirk, Scotty, Bones, Chekov, Uhura, and Spock were good but sometimes they seemed to be trying too hard to imitate the unimitatable Shatner/Nimoy/Kelly/Takei etc. dynamic. The jokes between the characters, that big scottish accent of Scotty, etc just seemed like they were trying too hard. Then, there is the fact that they bring back stuff from the TV show (tribbles from Trouble with Tribbles), Khan, the second and third movies in the franchise…it just stank of a stale script and some very nostalgic directors and producers. As I said in the title of this article, perhaps all the really good H’wood writers have fled to the studios of HBO, Showtime, AMC, Starz, FX, and now even Netflix and Sundance to write for TV. There were plot holes the size of planets (oh yeah, let’s hide bodies in torpedoes – that’ll teach those guys! Oh, darn, I actually wanted to save those people. Oh no!) and some really pathetically mediocre sets (Kronos was embarrassingly half-ass – looked even faker than on TOS). Another thing that NSFCCDP member m.poulet remarked was the awful music (too loud and repetitive) and the rhythm of the film was actually boring. Now, that is probably a bold statement coming from an “action film”. But honestly, the action scenes were frankly confusing and punctuated with almost clockwork sections of “dramatic dialog” interrupted by a precise 2 minute interval with some new action scene or catastrophe. I nearly fell asleep rocking back and forth in the comfort of the ebb and flow of over-the-top action wave and deeply sentimental and desultory dramatic trough.
After the film, we tried to list some of the biggest scifi films of all time. Roughly, we agreed on Star Trek II Wrath of Khan, Star Wars VI and V (A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back), 2001 A Space Odyssey, The Matrix (ONLY the first one), and Alien. More relevant to this article, we listed some of the greatest disappointments: besides the 2 Matrix sequels, there was Prometheus, the last three Star Wars debacles, and this film. I just hope the Man of Steel will be less disappointing and that World War Z lives up to the book (I say that but I didn’t read the book LOL).
- My review of Star Trek Into Darkness (wilwheaton.net)
- Review: ‘Star Trek – Into Darkness’ delivers the thrills in space… (filmreviewoldandnew.wordpress.com)
- Star Trek Into Soullessness: Good Riddance to J.J. Abrams (sureasshiretalk.wordpress.com)