I Loved Star Trek Into Darkness, and I Don’t Care

Into Darkness Poster A couple of weeks ago I went to see Star Trek Into Darkness during its opening weekend here in the UK. I went in expecting something mediocre, like the 2009 reboot film, and left thinking it was one of the best films I’d seen this year, so far.

It seems I’m in the minority with this opinion – nearly every online review I’ve read since it opened in the US has been extremely harsh. IO9 has been particularly scornful of Into Darkness.

If I had one complaint about the film, it’s that the “Carol Marcus gets undressed” scene was completely gratuitous and unnecessary. Other than that I thought it was a stand-up film. Unlike Star Trek (2009) I could actually get behind the cast. This time around I didn’t want to smack Kirk in the face over and over (much like a scene from ST:ID), and I believed in the relationship between Kirk and Spock (who incidentally is a snarky git). Simon Pegg, as Scotty, would have stole the show if Benedict Cumberbatch hadn’t been cast as the villain.

For me, the plot was a nice twist on some classic Trek stories, as they would have played out following the events of the 2009 film. The world of “Nu-Trek” is a very different one to The Original Series, so even though many of the same events might happen, the reactions to them will be completely different. Some of it was pure fan-service, but other parts were subversion served up in a fan-service wrapping.

It’s not going to win any Oscars – and I’m expecting other films this summer to be better – but so far this year Star Trek Into Darkness is the only film I’ve come out of the cinema thinking “I really want to see that again!”