Well, the signature lens flares are back for more space adventures- so beam us up Scotty, because this time we have an actual memorable villain! That’s right, this time Kirk and Friends are facing off against (MILD SPOILER) super-human classic villain
Sherlock Holmes , er
On the other side of the spectrum we have Carol (Alice Eve). I’ll be honest, I couldn’t take her seriously. When a character gets a completely (and painfully) random underwear shot about five minutes into her screen time, my first impression isn’t, “well hey look, a strong, complex female character!” It seems a lot of times directors think the best way to cover up a weak character is to take off more, if you know what I mean. To me she seemed to try too hard for such an outstandingly generic character. I don’t know if it was her delivery or the writing, but her character just was uninteresting and fell flat for me.
What about the other actors (as this is a very crew-centered series)? Chris Pine is becoming a rather believable Kirk, Zachary Quinto‘s Spock is good but still feels very different than the original, and I think Zoe Saldana is doing a great job with Uhura this time. Scotty, Dr. Bones, and even Sulu all had some great comedic moments. One thing I did notice about Bones (Karl Urban) is that Urban really enjoys playing the character, and he also really enjoys saying almost every line in the exact same way/tone. That wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.
I’ll shoot straight, I have never really been a Star Trek guy, mainly because of all the sci-fi garble, sometimes incomprehensible plots, and the style of action (please, put down your pitchforks, Trekkies). Now my last reservation has been made moot by the reboot- there’s a lot of action, and it’s all freakin’ sweet. My small brain had a lot less trouble with this plot (Khan=ancient superhuman=bad) than the crazy black hole/time travel/alternate universe stuff of the first movie. However, there still was a lot of sentences that were like, “The Sciencey Sciencinator is cycled out! The radiation will trilliate our science combustors! Science!!!” Or at least that’s how I heard them.
What can I add? The story was interesting, the cast was (mostly) effective, and it was well-paced, keeping even my non-Trekkie interest. The special effects were also pretty (and to be honest the lens flares were noticeably more restrained), but I didn’t get to see it in 3D, which I’ve heard is actually well-done. Maybe I’m just looking for an excuse to watch it again.