Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) – Movie review
Let’s face it: I’m a fan of Star Trek, but I’m no Trekkie. So take this review of Star Trek: Into Darkness with a grain (or many grains) of salt. I am, however, a fan of Zoe Saldana (Nyota Uhura), Zachary Quinto (Mr. Spock), Benedict Cumberbatch (John Harrison/Khan), and Canadian icon, British Columbian Bruce Greenwood (Admiral Pike, for those of you following along). And of course, nobody can dispute that I loved Chris Pine even before he became the young, impetuous, reckless, loving, loyal and charming James Tiberius Kirk.
Admittedly, what I loved about Star Trek (beyond the stunning visuals, action-packed sequences and eye candy) was the progression of Chris Pine from gorgeous-eyes, “hey-look-at-me-all-handsome-and-a-born-leader” James T. Kirk to a more subtle, nuanced James T. Kirk. I saw Chris Pine actually showcasing a broader range of emotions, something that demonstrates that the actor himself has grown. I saw James Tiberius Kirk about to shed tears twice (one of them while being given a stern pep talk) and that was moving. Plus, who can fault those beautiful blue eyes… ok, fine. I digress.
While feminists may feel a bit let-down by the lack of involvement of female crew members in the action-packed sequences, Uhura and Carol Wallace (Alice Eve, in a very convincing role) do actually get to do some some butt-kicking. Not as much as I would have liked, to be quite honest, but at least that’s a start.
I enjoyed Star Trek: Into Darkness because it gave me a better look of a more human Mr. Spock and a more human James T. Kirk. Their friendship is tested (and yes, we all know that it survives and thrives). Witty quips, snarky remarks and comebacks are a dime a dozen in this movie, but that’s to be expected of *any* Star Trek. I loved the action sequences, and I wanted to see more and more.
Of course, it was stunning to see Benedict Cumberbatch being a superpowered human with an amazing superbrain. I also liked seeing Spock touching more on his human side. All in all, I would recommend seeing it if for nothing else, for two and a half hours of action-packed fun.
Disclosure: I paid for my ticket to the movies on my own, and I have absolutely no financial or material ties to the producers/actors/director of this movie. I am just reviewing it for fun. As always, I retain full editorial control over anything I publish on my site.
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