Disclaimer: I’m writing this assuming that you’ve already seen the newest Star Trek installment, because really, what are you waiting for?
Ok, ok, so I know Star Trek Into Darkness is science fiction. I know it’s action. But let’s just call it what it really is: a comedy. Director JJ Abrams (love of my life) GETS how to make an intense, violent, even sad, story absolutely hilarious. Plain and simple, it’s the chemistry of the crew, the charismatic interactions between characters and perfect comedic timing that kept this beautifully made movie charging ahead. Almost every main character had the chance to get a few big quips in there (my favorite was Bones’ “Remind me never to piss you off” to Sulu) which left viewers chuckling the whole way through. Scotty’s “bloody hell” rants were ridiculously funny, but it was Spock who stole the spotlight. His snarky retorts and misunderstanding of emotions is exactly the kind of deadpan humor reminiscent of Wes Andersen movies or NBC comedies.
The editing was so cohesive, so finely tuned and so deliberately paced that it was possible to for viewers to get completely lost in the movie, without getting lost in the story. The big action scenes were set up all over the place, in space, on another ship, on another planet… and yet the audience never lost were Kirk was, or what Scotty was fixing, or what side Khan was fighting on. This movie had control from finish to end and, most importantly, made sense. Ok with one exception: Can someone explain to me why Kirk’s vitals were were off before they set off to find Khan? I thought this was going to tie into saving him… but was it ever addressed again? Did I miss a plot line?
Speaking of Khan… he was a pretty amazing bad guy. How often can you feel so torn between empathy and distaste for the villain? He certainly didn’t look like a bad guy. And throughout the entire movie he acted entirely alone, devoid of all help. There was no rebel army, no evil minions to do his bidding… it was just one measly guy. He was still intimidating all alone, locked into a glass cell. If that’s not incredibly bad ass, what is??
Aside from the mediocre musical score, my only complaint was from the female perspective: did they really have to use the scene where Carol is half-naked? How was that relevant to the story? And who could ignore that they tried to give audiences the “butt shot” from the Avengers (come on, you know you remember that scene/Scarlett Johansson’s butt vividly) by showing Zoe Saldana from behind and below as she steps onto Klingon. Just because Star Trek is sci fi, just because it’s action and just because it’s comedy… doesn’t mean that they should objectify women like that! These simple, short scenes were so unnecessary.
Of course, there was this scene… Chris Pine’s eyes looked so ridiculously blue that I was unfortunately slightly distracted throughout the entire movie… wondering what Captain Kirk might look like naked.