I finally got to see Star Trek: Into Darkness on Saturday, and I do have to say… it was amazing! Five out of five stars for that movie. It had character development, tearful moments, kick butt moments, awesome action, and a few laughs. There are several nods to the original Wrath of Khan movie some of which could be considered cheesy, but I think it was good cheese. Not that you have to see Wrath of Khan before you see Into Darkness, but I feel that it’s a better experience if you have. I actually watched Wrath of Khan the weekend previous since I’d heard that you should see it before, because somehow, in my life of being raised on Star Trek and Star Wars, that was the one Star Trek movie I hadn’t seen.
Scotty gets to be a bigger part of this movie and do some cool stuff, poor Chekov has a hard time doing important stuff, McCoy gets some danger, Uhura is brave, and Kirk and Spock become better friends and both become more human/easier to connect to. In a way, they all get their chance to save the day.
And Benedict Cumberbatch makes a fantastic Khan. He does Khan the way I think Khan should have been done in the original movie. Cumberbatch’s Khan is brilliant, arrogant, conniving, and a perfect beast. He’s not a rabid, hurt beast, but a deadly predator waiting for the right moment to make the kill.
This is definitely up there in quality with the first movie. Into Darkness gives Star Trek a run for its money. I’m not sure which one I like better, but right now they’re tied for me.
I hope this review was helpful!