It was fun, an enjoyable couple of hours, and when it was doing its own thing, it was fairly good at it. The characters were well-realised and often funny, I loved Spock in almost every scene. The film showed great promise when, at the start, Kirk is being chewed out for being a reckless dick, basically vindicating all the criticisms of his actions in the first film. A great start, then. It also felt a lot more StarTrekky, with references and sequences straight out of the TV series(eses). Cumberbatch is also a real pleasure to watch throughout.
Basically, if you liked the first one, you'll like this. Better in some ways, worse in others.
My problem with it is, at the end of the last one, it was left open for "bold new adventures", so I expected NEW adventures. I didn't expect:
a remake of Wrath of Khan. Whole snippets of dialogue and even scenes lifted from previous films. The little references were fine (I geeked out when I saw the line-up of ships and the Section 31 reference) but this film is so devoid of any originality, and so teasing and secretive about it (re: trailers, etc.), that it borders on parody. *That* scene, and the point where Spock yells "Khan!", I figuratively palmed my face into orbit.
Is THIS what a Star Trek film has become now? If so, stop the Enterprise, I want to get off.
I hear people saying that the ending leaves it open (again) for new adventures, but does it? Surely the previous
film left it open for new adventures, and look what they did with it? Going by past form of aping the popular, I half expect the next one to feature either whales or the Borg. Into Darkness
has completely lost my confidence in Abrams and co making an exciting, new and original film.
I can still barely believe that Khan is even in this. I refused to believe they would stoop to that level right up until just before I saw it (I had it spoiled for me a few days early
) but obviously I misjudged the ineptitude of the writers, or perhaps misjudged the influence of money.
What do I want from the next one, then? Cut the budget, cut the scope. Get some different bloody writers, and get the Enterprise OUT THERE, doing NEW things, with NEW characters!
There was more than a hint of Lindelof's Plot Logic in this one. A sense of "wouldn't it be cool if this happened" rather than things making sense. The first film got away with cosmic coincidences in my opinion, because it seemed appropriate. Some of the logic in this one was screwy, though. Character motivations were fuzzy, particularly Cumberbatch and Robocop, with who wanted what and why. It felt like rewrites had been done at the last minutes, without tidying up the loose ends. Perhaps they had, I'm sure it's pretty common.
In short, then, I had a fun time watching it and it definitely has its moments of excellence. The characters have settled in, the humour was well-judged, the dialogue snappy and witty. But the unoriginality running through it means it will not be remembered as anything other than a throwaway piece of tribble fluff. Disappointing.