Review: Star Trek Into Darkness 3D
Boldly going...Trekkies will be pretty pretty pleased with JJ Abrams 'Star Wars VII' warm-up. There are knowing nods and overt references to a whole host of Trek-lore - from Harry Mudd, Tribbles, Klingons and Nicholas Meyer's second 'Star Trek' movie - from way back in 1982. So, if you're a fan of the 'Trek' you'll get tickles galore from Abrams' script. That said, pretty much anyone can enjoy the fun to be had here. It's space opera that revolves, as ever, around the basic question of any 'Star Trek' movie: "Can we get Spock to show emotion?"
The special effects are spot on, although (yet again) the 3D provides little save the odd pretty depth effect, and going to warp speed looks stunning as The Enterprise whooshes away at warp, leaving a trail of wibbly wobbly lines against the black expanse of space, dotted with twinkly stars. Nice. But is it worth those extra $$$ to see in three dimensions?
What is 3D (for the most part) are the characters. Every single one gets to play a key scene and save the day in his / her own way. Chris Pine (Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (Spock) get to play a version of mismatched 'Lethal Weapon' cops Murtaugh and Riggs, and it's clear that Abrams loves Simon Pegg, as his Scotty gets to take centre stage in several scenes.
To say too much about Benedict Cumberbatch's role would be to spoil it (although I see IMDB list his role on the full cast page for the movie, which kinda gives the game away guys!) It's enough to say that Benedict rocks the deerstalker hat in the BBCs 'Sherlock' and he rocks in his bad guy role here, relishing every speech given to him by Abrams script as if it were a Shakespearian soliloquy.
The comic book "geeks" used to bemoan Hollywood's mistreatment of their heroes - but now, with the likes of Joss Whedon at the helm of 'The Avengers', and Abrams guiding both 'Star Trek' and 'Star Wars', the new millennium is looking good for cinematic sci-fi and superhero fans.
Live long and prosper.