Star Trek Into Darkness
Rating: This Star Trek captures all of the goofy charm that made the TV series so loveable. How can you miss it when the great Leonard Nimoy makes a guest appearance? (Warning: Spoilers)
I find it safe to say that most of you will find J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness to be a completely fun ride. While you don’t need to be a fan of the old TV series, the film won’t disappoint if you find yourself in that league.
While William Shatner certainly wishes he had Chris Pine’s penetrating blue eyes, they both are chips off the same Captain Kirk block. Arrogant yet caring, bullheaded to a fault, they will always find the ability to lead the Enterprise out of the cauldron they created.
Zachary Quinto is a young Leonard Nimoy as he plays Mr. Spock, a man whose dedication to intellect over emotion frequently annoys his comrades, not to mention himself. While Spock and Kirk often battle, they both would give their lives for the other.
Furthermore, Karl Urban strikes the right chord as the pugnacious Dr. “Bones” McCoy, and he helps you remember the fun brought to the screen by the late DeForest Kelley. In addition, Simon Pegg, the very funny Englishman who I hope you have seen in such scatological endearing films as Paul (2011), Hot Fuzz (2007) and Sean of the Dead (2004), makes the neurotic Scotty a full-time treat.
But the film clicks due to a wonderful performance by Benedict Cumberbatch, here playing Khan, a human-looking ball of destruction. As a result of shedding the necessity of artificial makeup, Cumberbatch’s Khan has been able to survive the centuries for one specific purpose, namely to get even with everyone. He’s a great villain.
Finally, the success of the film centers on a group of friends rediscovering each other’s strengths while gradually rejecting their personal weaknesses. They all need to be reeled in at times, and Spock is helped immensely from the fact that he is in love with Uhura. Zoe Saldana is able to do a lot with very little,and her Uhura is able to pierce Spock’s heart in the same way her Neytiri did to Sam Worthington in Avatar (2009).
Climb aboard and blast off.