Well, ‘Star Trek into Darkness’ was released into IMAX 3D theatres last evening and I will tell you this, it was freaking fantastic. This was just my second ever IMAX film, following up on ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ earlier this year, and in a bit of a twist, the first five minutes of the new Trek film were shown and looked amazing, and nothing has changed at all in the intervening months.
J.J. Abrams’ second, and possibly last, foray into the Trek universe will quite possibly be the gold-standard by which all future Trek films are compared, just as ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’ is the gold-standard for the first ten Trek films.
For most of the audience in North America, ‘Star Trek into Darkness’ is our introduction to Benedict Cumberbatch, and what an introduction it is. A scene stealer at every turn, Cumberbatch’s John Harrison joins the pantheon of Trek villains with a wonderful steely demeanor and is quite comparable to Khan Noonien Singh from The Original Series film slate.
What we also get in the new film is a better understanding of the friendship between Chris Pine’s James Kirk and Zachary Quinto’s Spock. Often stated to be a long-standing unbreakable friendship through The Original Series TV show and films but never having its origins explored, ‘Star Trek into Darkness’ shows just how this enduring friendship overcomes early struggles and differences to blossom into what we all know it should be.
Another huge plus for this film was Simon Pegg in the role of Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott. Taken out of the engineering department for most of the film, ‘Scotty’ is some great comedic relief, much to Pegg’s abilities, but also a bit on the action side which is a refreshing change of pace.
‘Star Trek into Darkness’ was filled with great action, awesome visuals, well-time comedy and when those three elements are put together, well you end up with a pretty damn freaking amazing film, and that is exactly what this is.
I cannot recommend ‘Star Trek into Darkness’ enough. For someone new to the series from 2009’s ‘Star Trek’, it is a great continuation film. For someone familiar with Trek lore and history, there are plenty of nods to what has happened before in the original time line, and I say to all, do yourself a favour and watch this film in theatres, and if you have the chance to see it in IMAX, do so, you will thank me afterwards.
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