Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Just Finished Watching... Star Trek: Into Darkness

As mentioned in the last post I did about Star Trek, when I watched the 2009 reboot movie, I'd never understood all the hype around Star Trek. Not to conform to cliches or anything, but as a generation Y-er, Star Trek was sci-fi for my parent's generation, and I wasn't interested in getting anywhere near the "trekkies" or learning anything about Klingon.
However, with Chris Pike playing Captain Kirk, and feeling awkward about explaining why, as a sci-fi author, I'd never managed to see any Star Trek, I decided it was time to give the franchise a fair go. And, as I admitted in that last post, I did really love the new version. But with JJ Abrams (responsible for some great shows like Alias, Revolution, Almost Human, and those are just the ones I'm a fan off) behind the development, it was always going to be hard not to like it. The guy knows how to create edge-of-your-seat, holding-your-breath action.
Anyhoo, so I don't know why it took me so long to get around to the second installment, Into Darkness. Well, actually I do. Its 'cos I'm freaking busy! But anyway, after finally getting around to this movie, I have to say, I loved it even better than the first, and can only imagine the next movie, Beyond, due out in July this year, is going to be better again.
My reasoning for this (besides the trailer looking fricken' awesome) is that Into Darkness felt much more fluid, like the actors and production crew had settled into their roles to produce a really great movie. The villain of Khan was used really well, and it was interesting to see the back and forth between him being the enemy, to helping Kirk with a common goal, back to being the enemy again. It was however sad to see Kirk lose the man who had been like a father to him, and then have the entire Star Fleet kind of dismantled through killing important members and the admiral turning out to be the real bad guy.
I also have to say that Kirk went through tremendous character growth in this story (getting killed will do that to a person!) including his friendship with Spock dissected and put back together really well, leaving them with a new understanding of each other. So it will be very interesting to see where or how these changes continue into the next movie.
All in all, this was a really great sci-fi movie, which I've added to my DVD collection and will no doubt re-watch a number of times.
Whether you're a Star Trek fan or not, if you love sci-fi, then these movies should be on your watch list if you haven't seen them already.

No comments: