Please stop and don't read anymore if you have not seen the movie yet. I don't want to be responsible for spoiling things for you.
Overall I really liked Star Trek Into the Darkness. I like the way Abrams has once again given us the slight reboot timeline but still holds very close to the characters and the logical progression of the characters and the plot.
Karl Urban will never get enough praise from me because there are not enough words in the English language for me to give. As a lifelong Bones lover I was nervous about the new cast when this reboot originally happened but he put me at ease in the first movie and has once again done so. He is just perfectly Bones. I swear it’s like Deforest Kelley himself has possessed Karl Urban and made sure shit got done right – and it did.
The other actors also nail their roles just as they did in the first movie. I could gush over them but I’ll spare you.
The action was intense and frequent so that pleased me greatly. The whole movie overall kept me pumped up and paying attention. I would see it again in a heartbeat.
So this might get me kicked off the internet, especially Tumblr.. but.. here is some spoiler stuff I have to get off my chest..
Well, before I get to the bad stuff let me say how excited I was to hear we were going to the Klingon homeworld. I only wish there had been more of it. But the beauty of the Bat’leth was shown even if not up to full potential. It was a start. Considering that in this point of the timeline we are war with them, it was more than I ever hoped for.
Also something else making me scratch my head is where the hell did the Tribble come from?! I don’t recall them being standard issue on the star ships. I was glad to see it because they are adorable and fun creatures, but it seemed very odd and a bit too convenient. But it’s no big deal in the end. I mean seriously, who doesn’t love Tribbles??
What I have to gripe about, and what is likely to get me some hard backlash, is my opinion of the portrayal of Khan by Benedict Cumberbatch. Some of you will have seen the original portrayal of Khan as done by Ricardo Montalban and you might think it’s not fair to compare two actors in the same role since each actor brings unique experiences. I agree to a point. I didn’t expect Cumberbatch to copy Montalban exactly, but based on the other actors in this reboot who do very similar mimicking of the character they portray I did expect it to be at least recognizable. I sweat to Kahless that if they had not called him Khan I would have not had a way to know. He didn’t have the passion, the flair, the charisma.. I won’t say he was a terrible actor in the role, he wasn’t - he brought me a villain. A villain that was pretty unexciting, but a villain never the less. He had a good scene where he shed good tears and made you understand some of his motivation, and I appreciated that. But again, that could have been any villain at all – it didn’t come across as Khan. Even when he was pissed he was much too Vulcan for my taste. His take on Khan did not inspire me or move me. The character of Khan is very important in the Star Trek world and I feel like more consideration should have been taken to ensure he was brought to us in a way that we would know who he was without names. I assure you that Kirk, Bones, Uhura, Sulu, etc are easy to spot based on dialogue and body language, etc. This Khan was just a name put onto a character with a similar backstory. I don’t know if the decision was Cumberbatch or Abrams, but whoever decided to let this Khan come across more as a Vulcan than a passionate Prince made a wrong choice.
Don’t get me wrong, overall I do still love the movie. It was good and I would see it again. I just wish Khan had been delivered so much differently.