STAR TREK RISES

There are certain films, more so franchise,s that can elicit child like excitement and take you back to the days of your mum taking you to the big George St Cinema Precinct to watch the original Star Wars, Indiana Jones’ and Superman movies. There was the tradition of mum and I seeing all the Star Trek movies on the big screen and it was a thrill, I could get the plastic cup that marketers even back then knew they could swindle parents into buying. I still have the Star Wars ones and a Superman plastic cup from the 80s. Then we all got this excitement again with the rereleases of Star Wars, until we saw them and were let down but could hold onto the fact that the originals would never be ruined, oh wait, “Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo” – need I say more.

 

Star Trek Into Darkness
Star Trek Into Darkness

 

Then came JJ’s first attempt at Star Trek and it blew my mind, literally, it was a cinematic and life experience unparalleled in this critic’s life. I attended the premiere and saw the film on the biggest screen imaginable in the Opera House, it was a mammoth premiere with sound systems set up by Dolby and huge projectors from Barco overlapping onscreen to give the image the quality it deserved, and then the bonus following day, I got to interview the cast and director for the film. Sitting in a room with the new Kirk and Spock, Bones, Sulu and JJ. I started squealing with prepubescent cinematic excitement. The film blew us all away, the sound systems by Dolby were so loud people had hands over ears but I sat there soaking it in, like Condorman with his energy refilled with the sun’s rays my youthful love for cinema and film had its energy levels boosted to ten where it has not wavered.

 

Star Trek Into Darkness
Star Trek Into Darkness

 

My problem with last night’s viewing of Star Trek is that my levels were already at ten with anticipation for this film. It was so warp ten amazingly vulcan phaser-set-to-stun brilliant I nearly had an anxiety attack and peed myself in the first half an hour – I cried at the opening music for crying out loud and it just got better and better and I was losing control of emotions like a Vulcan in Pon Farr. It never relented. It was like having your fantasy sex for 2hrs and when it was over I was ruined. It is as good and possibly better than JJ’s first one. I heard quite a few people saying this during the credits but to me they are two of my film children and I love them both equally, I love the first one because it introduced me into a long abandoned world not being satisfied with me watching Voyager episodes over and over. And not only did it introduce me, it embraced me. I have seen it close on 50 times and it never dulls, how can it while being blinded by lens flares 🙂 Then along comes this one, the new advanced son, he is brighter, sharper and has way more energy than the first one. In the first one JJ eased the film through warps one to five and in this one he pushed it to warp eight so you know where the next one will head. This is JJ’s Sci Fi version of The Dark Knight Rises without bats and in the future with Star Fleet. Even the first posters were the same.

 

Star Trek Into Darkness
Star Trek Into Darkness

 

When it came to the fourth trailer being released for this film I got the shits, I was thinking “I cannot watch another trailer, I would have seen the entire film by then” but let me tell you – the trailers covered about 0.00005% of the film. JJ really has gone to new levels in this one and I really do not know what to talk about without giving any of the imminent surprises away. You know the basic plot line – 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.

But everything between the lines and before and after that is just a visual orgy and if you are a Trekkie be prepared to be satisfied.

 

Star Trek Into Darkness
Star Trek Into Darkness

 

There are a couple of the minutest things about the film I need to point out as negatives. 1) Benedict Cumberbatch is amazing but he over pronounces and over uses that jaw to deliver every line. He occasionally weirded me out with his over delivery of lines. But seriously – what a brilliant match for Kirk and his resonating bassy voice is quite chilling – LOVED IT 2) The new uniforms are just brilliant but the pants always gather really bad on Pine – it bugged me 3) Someone get Chris Pine a gym membership – he has grown a little on the belly department – very evident when he appears in a silver slick wetsuit with more than one bulge on display 🙂

 

Star Trek Into Darkness
Star Trek Into Darkness

 

The one thing notably missing, which I suppose cannot be done as well in a sequel, was more connections to the past and original films. Of course the whole film is parts of old stories thrown in a blender, then on their head, then into a different universe and WAY better but there is a lot less of the nostalgic moments of them reliving the past again as there was in the first one. The humour of the first one is still there and it is the success of the films, it is not only the abundant action, cool stories, sci fi gasmic visuals, it is the relationships of the crew and their interactions. The largest success of this is the symbiotic perfection of the paring of Spock’s head to Kirk’s heart. They are nothing without the other and this interaction of them trying to fit these two methods of life together has the audience laughing over and over.

 

Star Trek Into Darkness
Star Trek Into Darkness

 

OK one spoiler – the wake of the Enterprise when it heads to warp did make me let out a noise, not that different from a 12yr old girl (or possibly me) at a 1D concert – it looks stunning. I would recommend you watch this in 3D – it is post produced 3D but when you have the majority of the film being CGI it makes little difference. It has some occasional fly out of the screen bits of action that make you jump and the visuals of the space ships in space and the ensuing shenanigans that never let down for 2hrs look incredible. I will say though that they make Bones’s head look squashed when they go in close on his shots – I think the 3D messes with his cranium 🙂

 

Star Trek Into Darkness
Star Trek Into Darkness

 

And another character that was not credited and needs a mention – how oh how JJ missed them in the credits I will never know – the lens flares. JJ became famous for them in the first film and was panned for them and critiqued by them but this time I think he was saying “screw you, my film is so f’n awesome I am going to lens flare the shit out of it” but some of the lens flares in this film go way over the top to even cover entire heads during dialogue delivery. It didn’t phase me too much but for the first time I thought JJ went a bit flare mad – but then again – he could seriously be taking the piss.

 

Star Trek Into Darkness
Star Trek Into Darkness

 

Star Trek Into Darkness is out now – the film literally makes my top 10 films of all time sitting on equal positioning with the first Star Trek. It is so action packed, so dark, so humorous and has so much stuff in it to blow your mind that you should all call in sick on Thursday and go and see it – I also recommend you have a DVD viewing of Star Trek first to get you pumped, then pre-order Into Darkness on Blu Ray and wallpaper your room in the poster – it is that freaking awesome! It is worth 10 out of 10 Captain James T Kirks visiting the gym in a flooding of lens flares. And as Dara said at the end of it “imagine what he will do with Star Wars” – OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG 🙂

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