Squeeee! This movie is Epic Awesomeness!!! Yes, it’s so good it needs three exclamation points!!!
Seriously, I went into this thinking there was no way it would live up to the greatness that was the first Star Trek reboot. After all, nothing compares to meeting the characters for the first time and reliving the little odd bits of quirky manners that they pulled from the original tv series. I must have watched that first one at least 20 times by now, if not more. Yes, I loved it that much.
How does Into Darkness compare? I’ll now need to do a double feature when I re-watch the movies. They had the bar set ridiculously high with the first one and this one leapt over it with ease. The special effects, as in IronMan 3, are not only amazing and visually stunning but they serve the story, rather than the story serving them. This is a western, set in space, with all the fun toys and gadgets and fantastic looking ships. If you haven’t seen the first one, what planet are you on? Go see it, and then see Into Darkness. Oh hell, just go see it now. Watch it in 3D, because I hear it’s fantastic. I saw it in 2D and it was enjoyable. I never missed the 3D but it’s hard to miss what you haven’t experienced.
Into Darkness is aptly named, as it takes Kirk through his darkest moments and helps him grow into the man he’s destined to be. The entire crew is shaking up and getting to know each other. It’s hard to be a well oiled machine without a little bit of wear and tear, and that’s what they get in this story.
I loved that even in the darkest moments there were touches of humor and one liners and phrases that made the original series so loved.
Bones: “I”m a doctor, not a torpedo technician!”
(Bones is known for saying I’m not a doctor, I’m a (fill in the blank). I loved that they included one here.)
Kirk: If Spock were here, and I were there, what would he do?
Bones: He’d let you die.
(That’s actually funny in context…you need to see it to appreciate it. The whole audience laughed).
Spock: Captain, this ship will not fit.
Kirk: It will fit! It will fit! It will fit! (Kirk steers the ship through a tight hole, barely)
Kirk: See, I told you it would fit!
Spock: I am not sure that qualifies.
I can’t wait for the next one!