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'Star Trek Into Darkness:' 5 things to watch for
"Star Trek Into Darkness" makes its wide theatrical release Thursday, but I attended an advance screening of the highly anticipated sequel, and I have a lot to say about it.
No spoilers, I promise. But here are a few things to consider before you see the movie, directed by Sarah Lawrence College alumnus J.J. Abrams.
1. There are some pretty sweet nods to classic "Star Trek" moments. One involves the subject of one of Bones' experiments, and another involves a certain one-word exclamation at a climactic moment. There are others, but I fear I've already said too much. Regardless, I don't consider myself a Trekker, by any means, but even I appreciated the homages to the previous series and movies.
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2. Abrams delivers on his "big, emotional ride." When I chatted with Abrams in September, he was tight-lipped about "Star Trek Into Darkness," but he did tease it accordingly. "I would hope that fans and nonfans of 'Star Trek' are in for a big, emotional ride," he told me. The film's not perfect, but it is incredibly entertaining, and fans of the first "Star Trek" reboot should be pleased with what they see.
3. IMAX 3-D is cool yet maddening. I shouldn't complain about seeing a solid movie for free and before most of America gets the chance to do so. But I left the theater with a pounding headache thanks to ill-fitting 3-D glasses and about two hours of barely three-dimensional visuals. That said, most of the special effects are impressive. I'd encourage the IMAX part, but not the 3-D, if that's an option.
4. The one plot point I couldn't get past has nothing to do with the important things. New to the Starfleet crew is Alice Eve, who plays the relative of another key character in the movie, yet she has a British accent and that other character does not. Their acting performances are fine, but since Eve has executed an American accent in the past, I couldn't stop thinking about how one could have a British accent while the other didn't. Anyway, I found a way to take a fun movie and ruin an aspect of it for you. I'm basically Comic Book Guy from "The Simpsons." You're welcome.
5. Zachary Quinto steals the movie. All the hype leading up to the movie seems to have revolved around Benedict Cumberbatch and Chris Pine, but the actor who impressed me the most was Quinto, whose Spock might just be the best character in the movie. Let's just say that if you have certain preconceptions about Vulcans, you'll be pleasantly surprised.
What aspect of "Star Trek Into Darkness" are you most looking forward to seeing? Do you think IMAX 3-D should be outlawed? Are you more #TeamKirk or #TeamSpock? Let us know in the comments section.