EDITORIAL: Why the STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS Bashing Needs To End
J.J. Abrams' return to the Star Trek series after four years has been getting a lot of flack which I feel is highly unnecessary, as Star Trek Into Darkness was actually my favorite movie of the year. Read on to find out why I feel the criticism is unfounded.
My first point that I want to make is the fact that the movie had a great villain. Movies these days really aren’t providing great and memorable villains. Benedict Cumberbatch played Khan extremely well. He gave a great performance that I feel deserves more praise. When I saw the movie I was on the edge of my seat at times because I didn’t know what he had up his sleeve. I actually felt sorry for his character as well. People are complaining about Khan but I just can’t see why. Khan was extremely bad ass. I haven’t seen a villain that was both in your face and also the mastermind behind the plot in quite some time. In movies I see a lot of “let’s make the audience believe he’s really the bad guy but then reveal that there’s another bad guy behind the scenes at the end of the movie” kind of deals. Even when Khan was revealed to be helping out another villain he still maintained his dominance throughout the film. Khan literally was unstoppable. When he took on the klingons single handedly my jaw dropped. That scene is one of the best action scenes I’ve seen in a while. It had a great shock and awe factor that I feel is missing in cinema these days.
Into Darkness reminded me of older movies from back in the day. I felt like I was in another world which is the point when watching a movie. J.J. did a really good job visually as well. The enterprise going into warp drive was awesome. Seeing the landscapes of the Klingon world was exciting and mysterious. Seeing Kirk struggle with himself made him relatable. He had to make decisions that didn’t please everyone but had to show that he was assure of himself regardless of the consequences. In the beginning of the movie we see Kirk pretty much fire one of his friends. That alone showed that he was serious about his position. Character interactions in intense moments and situations definitely were a plus. The fact that Kirk and Khan had to work together to take down a common enemy is crazy to me.
Also I have no idea why people are getting offended by a woman showing some skin. Almost every movie that comes out has some kind of sexual innuendo in it. People are up and arms about a scene that last probably 3.5 seconds. RELAX the actual show had scenes of that nature that were much more prominent.
In all honesty how can people complain about this movie? Yes the movie is similar to the wrath of khan but who cares the movie was great. The majority of films being released these days have monotonous plots that aren’t surprising. There’s nothing really surprising anymore in terms of climaxes etc. Into Darkness was a movie experience that was refreshing overall. As a movie goer being on the edge of your seat and not knowing what exactly is going on in the story makes for a great movie experience. STOP complaining about movies that are actually good or else you’ll be given movies that are actually really bad all the time.
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