Star Trek Into Darkness! You Don’t Even Have to Like Space to LOVE IT

27 May

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Star Trek Into Dark is the sequel to 2009’s Star Trek, a reboot of an old television and movie franchise. I don’t know much about Star Trek as a fandom; my only experience with it was that my dad used to watch it and I thought it was terribly boring. I’ve never considered myself much of a sci-fi fan but it seems anything that J.J Abrams touches, turns to gold. He knows how to make franchises that had a strong reputation for being nerdy or dorky and turn them into movies that are extremely accessible and entertaining.  I would strongly recommend seeing 2009’s Star Trek before this, not only because it is entertaining and excellent but also because it would be helpful to your movie going experience to familiarize yourself with the characters.

Star Trek Into Darkness starts with a bang when we find our protagonists in the middle of a life threatening adventure. James Kirk, played by Chris Pine, is cocky and handsome as ever and Spock, played by Zachary Quinto is emotionally removed yet still lovable just as we expect. The foundation of the films, and from my understanding, the entire franchise is largely based around the friendship of these two characters. Spock’s lack of ability to fully understand impassioned emotions is still played for laughs a few times, but the reality of this handicap is apparent as well.

One of the reasons to love this film is actually the entire cast of characters, including Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho and  Anton Yelchin. All of these admirable actors bring a sense of camaraderie and well as their own terrific individual assets aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise ( that’s the spaceship guys.) You really grow to love each character, although Kirk and Spock get the most attention and their relationship is central to the emotional component of this film. 

The structure and content of this film is just wonderful and the pacing is absolutely fantastic. Star Trek Into Darkness pulls you in right away with the perfect action sequences that are neither too long, nor too chaotic to grasp. I can’t say enough about the level of excitement I felt during this movie. The only way to describe it is delightful. I walked out of this movie feeling totally elated; just as I did the last one. The story is interesting and keeps you guessing. There was only one scene near the end that I didn’t care for and that is because it was drawn out for no real reason. 

Of course a new bad guy had to be introduced in this film, however one of the strong suits of this movie is you’re not really sure who the bad guy is (as a newbie anyway.) At first we think it’s newcomer Benedict Cumberbatch as John Harrison, but then WHOA it might be this other guy.  I can’t say enough about how much I loved Cumberbatch is this role; his voice alone is mesmerizing. I do mean newcomer to this franchise because he actually his many theatre, film and television credits to his name but this may be the first time his name becomes a household one. Or maybe it won’t seeing as it’s difficult and ridiculous to pronounce. Bottom line: He is just terrific in this movie. 

I’m telling you, this movie will suck you in from the get go and you will ride along a euphoric wave of solid performances, excellent pacing, humorous quips and an emotionally involving story. I know many people, particularly the ladies, might be hesitant to pay $12 for this one but trust me, it is well worth it.  You don’t have to like Star Trek, or space or even aliens to appreciate how awesome this movie is. I really love when a film can bring a lot to the table; the ability to make you laugh, make you think, make you empathize with the characters. Star Trek really has it all. 

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