Thursday, May 16, 2013
CRITICS HAVE ACCUSED THE NEW STAR TREK OF ADEQUACY
Many critics have accused Star Trek: Into Darkness of mere adequacy. I disagree. This movie is far more than adequate. It's more than good. It's quite good, though I think it falls short of such accolades as "great" or "brilliant."
Let's set the seen. having just save the Federation from Nero, the rogue Romulan miner, James T. Kirk is the captain of the Enterprise and a bit of a loose cannon. His freewheeling ways jeopardize his career in the very first scene of the movie, and that is all I will say about that.
Enter John Harrison, played by the amazing Benedict Cumberbatch (a.k.a. the new Sherlock Holmes). Harrison is clearly intelligent, you get that just looking at him. He's also a terrorist set on causing problems for Starfleet... and that is all I am going to say about that.
Look, this is a movie filled with twists and turns that I do not want to give away. Take my word for it, the plot holds up. IT IS MORE THAN ADEQUATE. In fact, it's pretty damned exciting.
So are the special effects.
Cumberbatch is amazing, by the way. He's not an especially handsome man, but he doesn't need to be. He radiates intelligence. I suspect he is probably very bright away from the screen as well; either that, or he truly is the finest actor alive.
What Star Trek gets right is its equity. We know Kirk, Spock, Uhura, McCoy, and Scotty and many of us are invested in them. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, and Simon Pegg have just enough of the original character DNA in them to fit into the roles while expanding them pleasantly. (That is especially true of Karl Urban and Zoe Saldana.) You see them, you care about them because, while they are new, they are also old friends... maybe even family.
Do I even need to mention that the special effects are spectacular?
Like Steven Spielberg before him, J.J. Abrams is a master at giving the audience what they want plus a bonus ten percent. Into Darkness is no exception.
In my opinion, calling this movie "adequate" shows a distinct lack of vocabulary. Certainly there are more adjectives to choose from than "sucks," "adequate," and "awesome." Perhaps we should add the word "terrific" to the equation.
On a scale from one-to-ten, Star Trek: Into Darkness scores just about a nine in my book.