May. 17 2013

Star Trek Bromance Continues (or, A Review of “Star Trek Into Darkness”)

Just returned from watching Star Trek Into Darkness with a friend of mine. Oh, how light shown brightly into the epic reaches of my nerdisms. Star Trek is one of the few TV franchises that has such a large and diverse following.

Star Trek cast

Alice Eve, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pine, and J.J. Abrams

Of course, three of the reasons I was really excited to see it are Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Benedict Cumberbatch — playing Kirk, Spock, and Khan, respectively. Three of the most attractive geeks I know. (That “most attractive” list is pretty small and includes Chris Hardwick, Felica Day, and Nathan Fillion.)

The story follows a similar plot to that of the movie following the original Star Trek series called The Wrath of Khan but with several twists and turns. Here’s the IMDb summary:

When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

I walked into the theater knowing I was going to like the movie, but I walked out with a certain emotional attachment to it. Not once did I look away, feel tired, or get bored — which I tend to do once my ADD medication wears off. I was engrossed in the movie for the duration. Even with the loud, ass-kicking action scenes…

Star Trek movie poster

…Of which there were several. Torpedoes, phasers, punches. But they all still managed to keep my attention and not seem like a cliche action scene. Maybe it was the fact I watched in the IMAX 3D theater and instinctively dodged several torpedoes myself.

The graphics in the movie were superb. For those who’ve seen the Star Trek TV series, you see some of the worlds as they’re meant to be, but it’s really impossible for technology and budget limitations. The movie had the budget for the graphics and, man, they were absolutely stunning. It added a richness to the whole Star Trek universe for me powerful enough to make me want to rewatch the newer series.

One of the few things that can send goosebumps down my arm is the classic trumpet (?) of the Star Trek theme. You don’t really hear much of the original theme until the end of the movie, but it’s probably the absolute best I’ve ever heard. It sent me reeling several times.

I don’t want to say too much, but the bromance between Spock and Kirk is a bit more lively than I expected. I enjoyed it, honestly. While it would never be what I’d dream about on lonely nights, the friendship between the two becomes very strong and apparent in this movie. I’m not entirely certain if the original series neglected it because bromance was frowned upon in the 1960s and 70s or if it just wasn’t there. Either way, I’m glad it’s shown in the new series.

Although I’m biased toward anything Star Trek, I highly recommend anyone to see this movie. Especially if you’re a Trekkie. Especially if you’re a fan of Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, or Zoe Saldana. Especially if you have a slight crush on everyone’s favorite Russian Chekov (portrayed by Anton Yelchin).

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