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Movie Review: Star Trek: Into Darkness

Try not to freak out now, Trekkies...
Try not to freak out now, Trekkies…

Captain’s log, stardate 6833401.342. It has been four long years since J.J. Abrams released his first reboot smash hit called Star Trek. Many have waited in anticipation for the coming of his newest creation.

And finally, it has arrived.

Star Trek: Into Darkness is an emotional and action filled roller coaster that takes the audience through the movie at warp speed, rarely pausing for breaks to breathe. The pace of the film is great, never keeping one waiting very long for the next action scene while also leaving room for the intense intimate conversations.

This version of the classic franchise delves deeper into the characters themselves as well as the plot that involves new villain, Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch). Most importantly, Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) are the two that the audience gets to learn more about and see in a different light.

Kirk’s maverick-style personality gets exposed and shaken when he sees his friend, (and somewhat of a mentor) Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood), get killed by Khan after never even having one of his own crew members lost before. This traumatic event forces the young Kirk to become slightly more level-headed even while retaining most of his maverick-style. He appears to grow up a little throughout the course of the movie and becomes a better leader and captain as a result.

Spock too, deals with his mental capabilities being tested. As a half-Vulcan, he rarely shows emotion and prefers to keep them hidden; especially after seeing the destruction of his home planet. But as the movie progresses and Spock has to deal with more and more intense issues, he finally lets loose after he loses Kirk (who Spock comes out and says is a true friend to him) to an overdose of radiation and his withheld emotions turn into a raging fire of pure anger. 

Personally, this was my favourite part of the film; when Spock becomes enraged and goes to hunt down Khan immediately. It’s very rare that fans ever get to see Spock act in such a way and it was a neat character development for such a well known figure. Oh, and be sure to note…

Don’t ever piss off a Vulcan.

The film had very good acting, with all of the characters being played well and Khan being done very well as an intelligent, sadistic villain. The music was just as good as the first movie, with classic stuff such as the original (slightly altered) Star Trek theme used in the appropriate areas. 

There were lots of tidbits for hardcore Trekkies as well. I didn’t quite catch all of them, but there are many that those who love the franchise will enjoy. And even for those who don’t, it doesn’t really matter as the film is just a fantastic movie in itself. 

The Klingons were finally introduced in this flick, during which there occurred and epic battle scene that is one of the best in the entire thing; Khan does a lot of eye-popping acrobatics during this fight. It’s cool to finally get to see the Klingons and what they look like in Abrams’ world. Needless to say, they’re done pretty darn well and there is even a bit of Klingon that is spoken, so for the people who took the time to learn the fictional language, there you go. I guess.

The comic relief supplied by Scotty (Simon Pegg) is entertaining as always and has to be one of my favourite things about this movie too.

The special effects were done extremely well and everything looked fluid and jaw-dropping (I saw it in 3D), keeping the audience glued to the screen for every single photon blast and phaser beam. 

And let’s face it, seeing the Enterprise take up the entire theatre screen while epic music is playing just never gets old.

Finally, I’m glad they ended the film like they did the first one and like they did every episode of the original show, with someone (previously old Spock, this time Kirk) saying: Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages of the star ship Enterprise. It’s five year mission; to find strange new worlds, to explore new life and civilizations, and to boldly go where no one has gone before.

Yeah. Classic stuff.

Anyways, that’s it for this time around. Howe, out.

Rating out of 100: 85


Movie Review: Iron Man 3

Love this poster. Just love it.
Love this poster. Even in a foreign language. Just love it. 

I can’t lie. This was one of the movies I was most excited for leading up to it. I liked the other two Iron Man flicks and really enjoyed The Avengers, so I figured this movie would be either great or just as good as the other two. I also liked the trailer more than the average kind.

And it didn’t disappoint.

Any movie that opens with I’m Blue by Eiffel 65 gets an automatic checkmark in my book. The music throughout the film following that was solid, and I can’t help but giving props to director Shane Black for having the willpower to only ever play the song Iron Man by Black Sabbath just once throughout the course of the three movies.

Robert Downey Junior was brilliant once again as Tony Stark, playing him just like the comic book character that the fans love. Not to mention he actually looks like the comic version of Tony Stark. Adding on to that, RDJ is a fantastic actor and gave another great performance in the newest take on the metal man.

Unlike the other two Iron Man flicks, this one is far more about the choices Stark makes as a man, instead of just showing him flying around and defeating bad guys with long electrical whips. It delves into the mind of Stark and gives the audience a better take on the man behind the armor.

This makes the character seem more vulnerable, something that was never shown in the other two films. But it also makes Stark more likable, while keeping his arrogant and selfish attitude intact, and shows the audience a different side of the character that all in all just makes him more interesting.

For example, Stark encounters the young boy, Harley Keener (Ty Simpkins), who has a rough life and is, of course, excited to meet the “mechanic” behind the legendary Iron Man. At first, Stark sees Harley as merely a nuisance and uses his home to store his broken suit. But they end up developing a type of bond that Stark rarely has with any other character.

Also, the witty banter between these two is some of the best in the entire film.

Gwyneth Paltrow is great as usual as Pepper Potts and Don Cheadle comes across strong again as Iron Patriot (Stark dislikes this name) or War Machine. But the most powerful performance other than RDJ’s has to be by Guy Pearce.

For what seems like the first time, an Iron Man movie has a single, respectable villain with a solid twist as part of his story that works in The Mandarin quite well. He makes the previous foes, especially Whiplash, very forgettable. His acting is also just as good or better than past villains; as is his short origin story.

Along with all of the character development, Black does well to keep the movie from getting too slow by adding in lots of good action scenes. The most notable is the final fight between Iron Man and Pearce’s character, Killian, near the end of the movie. There are suits flying around everywhere, attaching to Stark as well as fighting fire-mutants on their own.

After a few days to let it sink in, it’s probably my favourite of the three movies. There are lots of references to The Avengers as well throughout the film, which gives it a place in the Marvel timeline. Not only are there references to characters such as Thor, who is referred to as “the big man with the hammer who fell from the sky”, but the fact that Iron Man went through the wormhole in The Avengers actually plays a vital role to the plot of this film, as the memory of it is plaguing Stark and giving him anxiety attacks.

All in all, this flick was a great start to the superhero-season. It’s worth going to see and any fan of Iron Man or Marvel will want to get on it ASAP if they haven’t already.

Oh, and little tip if you are worried like so many others about the possibility of Iron Man being finished; stay all the way until the end of the credits. Wink, wink.

Rating out of 100: 77