So I went along to Star Trek Into Darkness yesterday and was immediately stunned by the cost.
Going to see a film at the cinema in 3D has now broken the £10 barrier in Dundee. It broke that in London a while ago I’m sure, but still, that’s an incredible price for a film.
I mean, when it comes out on Blu Ray it will cost barely more than that, and you get to keep it forever too.
Of course, I have an Unlimited Card so I can see it however many times I like and it’ll cost no more than £15.
But do I want to see it more than once?
We shall see…
Star Trek Into Darkness Review: What’s It About
After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.
Or in other words, it’s a but like Star Trek 2: Wrath of Khan
Star Trek Into Darkness Review: Who’s In It?
It retains the key cast members from the last film, with the likes of Chris Pine (Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Uhura) and Simon Pegg (Scotty) all present and correct.
According to imdb Jennifer Morrison was in it too, but I’m damned if I could see her.
Oh, and it’s also got Benedict Cumberbatch as the lead villain (Khan), and Mickey from Doctor Who has a line as well.’
Star Trek Into Darkness Review: How Highly Is It Rated?
The Internet Movie Database rates it at 8.3 from just under 60,000 votes, while Rotten Tomatoes give it an approval rating of 86%
You’ve got to take the Fan-Boy vote into account though.
Star Trek Into Darkness Review: My Thoughts
In a recent review I did of the game Impossible Road, I remarked that many ‘Big Name Campaign’ video games suffer from a problem whereby there’s no challenge to them any more. There’s no doubt you’ll complete it if you put the time in, and so it becomes a case of how long it takes.
I think that can be applied to movies and Star Trek Into Darkness would be a good example of that.
To me, it seemed a very by-the-numbers effort, with a plot that failed to offer any real intrigue, twists or turns.
I just felt like it moved along from A to B in a rather safe place without doing anything to interest me.
Don’t get me wrong, it was mostly well acted, especially by Benedict Cumberbatch, it had plenty of good special effects and for once I felt like the 3D actually added value to the production, but it just felt like a retread of so many films I’ve seen before.
And I say that without having seen Wrath of Khan in my life.
So although it entertained me to a degree, I felt underwhelmed in the main.
When Does Paying Homage Become Cheap Imitation?
Star Trek fans are…well they’re a passionate bunch.
Same as some Doctor Who fans, Star Wars fans or any other type of show that is rather patronisingly attached with the label ‘Cult’.
So I can understand that they want the characters in the film to be resembling of the ones from the original TV series.
And in some cases it works.
Zachary Quinto is very good as Spock for example. In fact, he’s excellent. He captures the essence of the character in a natural way.
But the guy who plays Doctor McCoy – Karl Urban – came off as someone doing a bad impression. He’s just awful.
In his case, playing the part in a more natural way that maybe took him slightly away from DeForrest Kelley’s portrayal might have been a better idea.
And also, Simon Pegg does not make for a convincing Scot. The movie would have been made immeasurably better if Ford Kiernan was playing the part, calling Kirk “A daft bastard”.
One More Thing (Spoiler)
I’ll type this in white text in case you don’t want it spoiled…
Having Leonard Nimoy play Spock from the future is just fan-wank pandering. Then again, if they brought back an old Doctor in Doctor Who, I’d love it.
Simple as that.
Should You Go To See Star Trek Into Darkness?
I thought it was ok, but by no means was it great or even that good.
I’m sure Star Trek fans will love it, but for people who just want to go and see a good film, what you’re left with is a pedestrian plot and a ton of special effects.
Sure it looks great, but is that worth over a tenner?