Despite loving the new Star Trek film, and enjoying the classics, I was always a bit skeptical when it came to Into Darkness. I’m not sure why, but there was a seed of doubt in my head that I couldn’t shake. The film stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch and they all play their respective roles wonderfully. The supporting cast also does great, with Anton Yelchin and Simon Pegg ruling their screen time, though I wish they’d of had more. Zoe Saldana is good as Uhura but her role was lessened compared to the first.
The story is good, not the greatest, but good nonetheless. I can’t help but feel like the writers took fractions of past Star Trek movies and put them in this one. It might have been too excessive to the point where it felt more desperate than a respectful nod to the past. The film has considerably less lens flare than the previous installment, which was a welcome change.
In terms of Star Trek movies, this one isn’t as good as 2009’s film and Wrath of Khan, but better than The Search for Spock. Chris Pine has done well so far as Kirk, to the point where I can’t imagine anyone else, other than Shatner as the famous character. That can really be said for all the roles, though. They all feel right, which make me want another sequel.
The movie didn’t feel at all long, which is great since it actually is long. It’s a great flick to see at the theater.