To boldly go where a “Star Trek” film has gone before. That’s my main beef with “Star Trek: Into Darkness.” The first two acts are excellent and original. The finale was cheesy and, more or less, a re-tread. If only….
As a fan of the original series from the 1960’s, it’s fun to see the characters re-created yet again for the big screen. Certainly, the writers of the earlier installment strived for originality while tipping the hat to the characters that went before. A plot device was used in the first film that essentially wipes out the previous mythology and makes for a glorious opportunity to allow the characters to map out a unique future. Instead we go back to Khan.
“Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan” was perhaps the best of the theatrical films starring William Shatner as Captain Kirk. At the same time, it had the most over-the-top performances from Shatner and Ricardo Montalban as Khan. Instead of allowing the new Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) to go a new direction, we get the same basic plot that involves the death of a key character. And, while the very British Cumberbatch keeps his overacting in check. Someone told Chris Pine to be Shatner and milk it for all its worth. Big mistake.
The result is a beautiful film with an ugly third act.
Watching the Blu-ray 3D version at home makes it seem even more of a tragedy. Technically, the film is magnificent. It’s all a Trekkie (Trekker, Trekkist, Treknologist) could want. The 3D effects are distinct and well-planned. It’s flat-out beautiful.
Here’s hoping the people who brought you “Star Trek: Into Darkness” take a more original turn in the third installment. Please.
Revised Grade from theatrical review: B-
Street Date: September 10, 2013
Format Reviewed: Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy
Runtime: 132 minutes
Released by Paramount Home Entertainment