J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness was released this week in the UK and, being a bit of a trekkie fan girl, I got myself seated and ready to watch what I hoped would be very trektastic fare at the very first showing on Friday.
I was not disappointed.
Star Trek Into Darkness was OUTSTANDING! I am not going to review it as fellow NLY writer Tom, who is a bit of a film reviewing maestro, is going to take care of that once Star Trek Into Darkness hits the States next weekend. What I will say is that it is action-packed from start to finish, chock-full of great humour, has amazing effects and a very compelling story-line. I could not have enjoyed it more.
10 Things That Make Star Trek Into Darkness Awesome
If Earth could cryo-freeze someone and appoint them as Earth’s future architect, then I suggest they take J.J. and his team of set designers and get them freeze-dried. Pronto. The vision of Earth, in particular future London, is stunning. It is sleek, shiny, futuristic and a joy of building designs. It is still London, it is just a billion times better. It is a sci-fi landscapers dream come to life.
The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
The Enterprise is back and she is as superb a ship as ever. And even though she takes a fair bit of damage (as always), she always comes through for her crew. The Enterprise is as much as a character in the film as the actors. All of the inner parts of the ship that you get to see are practical and beautiful. The engineering section with its maze of bridges and levels that surround the warp core are nerdily spectacular. I hope we get to see a bit more of the ship in the next film.
Captain. James T. Kirk (Chris Pine)
Kirk is back and he is more cocky and Kirk-like than ever. Still a ladies man, still a man that knows a good come-back, and still a man that is full to the brim with love for the family that is his crew and will go out of his way to prove it.
I think that Chris Pine makes a perfect Kirk. He is cheeky and full of charm and has a wonderful handle on expressing his emotions. There are points in this film where I was really moved by what his character goes through.
Spock (Zachary Quinto)
Spock is spot-on in this installment (he was great in the first, but in this he excels himself). He is logical and passionate and irritating and inspiring. Plus he is super tough. He is a good match for Kirk and the bromance is bubbling with chemistry, as is his chemistry with Uhura (so much so, that in another alternate universe I think that Kirk, Spock and Uhura would make a good comedy in a How I Met Your Mother kind of way with Kirk playing the Barney character, Spock being the Marshall (but in a logical Spock-like way), and Uhura being Spock’s Lilly…it could work…maybe…).
Zachary Quinto is awesome as Spock and nails the role in every way. I don’t feel like I need to say more than that because once you have seen it (or if you have seen it), you will know just how much he rocks!
I am not sure why, but for some reason his ears in this movie are Vulcan perfection. Seriously, they are so well done. I could not stop staring at them. Weird, but true!
Uhura (Zoe Saldana)
Uhura is a feisty chick, that can put anyone in her place (I personally think she would make an excellent captain, anyone else agree?). She holds her own against a Klingon. In fact, she speaks Klingon, which is seriously cool. She is brave, beautiful and kind of fantastic.
Saldana brings a confident sass to this role which is perfect for the character. She is an obvious force to be reckoned.