Kel McGowan is Kelligrafie
I've just been to see the new Star Trek Into Darkness film. I just spent near enough £8 (that's roughly $12 or €9) on a large popcorn combo just so I could get a Starfleet pin badge that probably cost 20p to make in a Taiwanese sweatshop. I then spent the end half of the film needing the toilet due to my large Pepsi Max.
And there are no regrets.
Fans of Star Trek cannot fail to love this film. The cast are so believable in their acting that you start to forget that anyone else ever played the same roles. Pine, Quinto and Urban continue their take over from Shatner, Nimoy and Kelly with surprising ease. And with Benedict Cumberpatch bringing up the helm as one of the most twisted and confusing enemies the Enterprise crew has yet faced, the film does more than deliver.
Being set in an alternate reality, the film makers are faced with the excitement and yet, ultimate dilemna, of endless possibilities. Do they bring back characters from the original series? How do they differ? Don't forget, all of their lives have been changed due to an interferance in their original timeline thanks to Nero's vendetta in the previous film (was that really 2009?!)
Thankfully they stay true to the spirit of the original films. We see the bond between Kirk and Spock deepen. Not only does Kirk find out his own humanity and limits, Spock also experiences and embraces the non-Vulcan side of him. And in doing so, discovers that perhaps over-riding his emotions is not always for the best.
Benedict Cumberpatch is manipulative not only of the crew but the audience as well. Just when you think you've discovered his true persona, he throws a handful of bluffs and double-bluffs at you.
There's also an insightful and well used cameo. There's always a temptation to just throw in cameos for amusement or to give the film extra selling power. I think in this case it really gives the film an extra punch in regards to Spock and Kirk's relationship.
I was literally on the edge of my seat for the second half of the film. I cannot recommend it enough and will definitely be going back to watch it again. 10/10.
File under: Kelligrafie, film review, Star Trek Into Darkness, James T. Kirk, Spock, John Harrison, Bones, Doctor McCoy, Chris Pine, Benedict Cumberpatch, Karl Urban, Zachary Quinto, LOVED IT