Tonight, "Star Trek Into Darkness" opens at select theaters in the United States, with a general release at 12:01 AM on Thursday morning. I will be among the crowds in attendance... but before I go (or read the book), I wanted to share some prognostications on the film with you...
|My hope for the villain...|
I have avoided all the major spoilers (well, those centered around John Harrison, at any rate), so I have no idea which way to go... this time a year ago, I was fairly convinced that Benedict Cumberbatch's character was going to be Joaquin from "Space Seed" and not Khan. I still think that would make for a more compelling story, but, since I am avoiding spoiling myself, it either is or isn't him... and I won't know before I go in to see the film.
Now, just in terms of overall expectations... "Star Trek" (2009) was filled with plot holes and inexcusably horrible choices that made the movie very difficult to redeem on an intellectual level. It was a fun action movie, but that's about it. I was not sold on Kirk's ascent to command, the assembly of his crew, etc. However, they are together now, and I can now put that aside and enter "Star Trek Into Darkness" with the following viewpoint: Kirk is an inexperienced commander who has been given significant responsibilities... and here is how he deals with them. I don't have to think about the fact that he spent three years as a cadet and zero days as an officer... (at least I hope I don't!). I think a lot of pressure in that respect will be off, and I will be able to relax and enjoy it even more as both a popcorn flick and as a pop science fiction film - but I won't be evaluating it on any real intellectual level this time around.
And that is good, because the revived Star Trek is, essentially, a souped up video-game. It's fast paced, extremely engaging, and fun. Regardless of its flaws, it feels like a video game to me... one that probably would get played several times.
And so, tonight, I'll be going to see the film, with no particular hopes (other than to not see Khan) and with a proper mindset about what I am going to experience.
We'll see how effective J.J. and crew are this time out.