Star Trek Into Darkness
My biggest problem with “Star Trek Into the Darkness” was that there’s no sense of peril or fatal danger that threatens one of the main protagonists at all times. Even at its highest tension where every conceivable sensible results would have supposed to lead to a particular character’s death, the movie “cheated” and preserves that said character.
Arguably, the same could be said to any other movies out there regarding this ”protagonists’ immortality” but somehow I felt that with this movie, this sense that no matter what happened to our protagonists, they will be saved, lingers strongly, almost cartoony.
That being said, taken solely as an entertainment, this movie works. It works even better if you have seen “Star Trek: the Wrath of Khan.” The crew behind this movie manages to weave something out from the original movie into a somewhat new arc with obvious, tongue-in-cheek nods to the original movie. Won’t be noticed by non Trekkie fans, but I’m sure it will be appreciated by any self proclaimed Trekkie fans.
Also, with solid and likeable casts (except for the two ladies. It could be well argued that this modern Star Trek still retains some of its hinted misogynistic quality of the past. But that’s another story) this movie was as good as any summer’s tentpole movie. And we will see another Star Trek movie in the future.
Also, Benedict Cumberbatch!
One more note, this movie’s dialogue is quite different than the recent movies that I’ve seen. It almost has a poetic quality in it. Even more apparent when Benedict Cumberbatch’s character has it. It’s probably due to his character’s persona but still, beautiful wordings, beautiful delivery. I would pay again to see his scenes alone.