As I’ve already seen Into Darkness twice in the cinema and would love to see it again, I think it is probably time to post the review on the first Star Trek movie by JJ Abrams. I cannot accurately say that this is a good reboot of the Star Trek franchise as I have not seen its predecessors but I can say that it’s an awesome movie. It’s an epic sci fi adventure with a lot of heart and I don’t think you can ask more than that.
This movie is directed by JJ Abrams starring Chris Pine, Zach Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Eric Bana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, John Cho and many more (please do forgive me for not mentioning everyone, they have a huge cast). So anyway, I think this is mainly the story about how the crew of The Enterprise (as we know them) got together. It’s supposed to be an alternate reality from the original universe due to a time travelling Spock played by Leonard Nimoy. It follows Kirk and Spock from childhood (well, Kirk since birth) until they become part of Starfleet and their adventure starts.
The direction is absolutely great. I mean JJ Abrams can definitely pack a movie with a lot of action that will leave you on the edge of your seat. And despite that, he can still put in a lot of gut wrenching human drama in the middle of all the commotion that will make you tear up (yes, if it doesn’t make you cry). What’s great about it is that he seamlessly transition action and drama throughout the movie that you never feel that the tension leave you from the action to the drama to the action back again. Like the first five minutes of this movie when Kirk’s dad had to give up his life to save Kirk and his mom and you feel yourself getting drawn to the drama but you still see stuff blow up and think to yourself, whoa, that’s so cool.
The visuals are also amazing, I mean you do have it in your head that it must be CGI, because you can’t really film the space scenes in real life, because, HOW? But they do make it realistic with the sounds and the movements in space that makes sense in your head so you become convinced that it’s real. The score I feel is also very good. You feel yourself well up with excitement and emotion every time you hear the theme. It definitely takes you further with the movie when you hear the score.
The writing for this movie was good, it wasn’t jaw dropping or amazing at any point but it was appropriate at the least. They introduce you to these characters and make you believe that they were meant for great things and they prove that during the movie. They make them relatable in a sense to make you care about them but they are somehow infallible to destruction that makes you root for them more. Like when Sulu and Kirk had to disable the drill thing and Sulu fell right before they were beamed up, you knew that they couldn’t die because hey, there’s a second movie. I mean there wasn’t a time where you know that they won’t come out of it alive but you enjoy seeing them fall down and get back up.
The cast did very well. I mean they really felt right for the part. They capture a certain essence of individuality and togetherness that I really can’t imagine the old cast for the crew of the enterprise. Chris Pine was awesome as Kirk, I mean he gets beat up a lot but I think he got the rogue thing down that he is still likeable despite his arrogance. Zach Quinto as Spock was also great, you really feel the conflict within him between being half Vulcan and half human. You feel his confusion on which side to choose and which side to ignore that you also tend to relate to his dilemma. Uhura, Bones, Chenkov and Sulu were also a great part of the cast, and although they didn’t have as much screen time, you do feel that they provide a certain balance that the crew needs and without them, everything will topple down. Eric Bana was also a good villain but I think compared to the whole cast, he wasn’t amazing, but good nonetheless. Lastly, Simon Pegg is just hilarious, I don’t know if it’s the accent or what but he was just an amazing comic relief that every time he’s on screen, I expect a huge gag ready to blow up.
With all the laughter, tears and whoa that’s cool moments I had with this movie, I definitely rate it as a MUST SEE NOW! I mean for the remaining people who are still skeptical about JJ Abrams (yes, there are a lot of lens flare in this movie which is a bit distracting), don’t. This is a good movie, in fact, it’s amazing. Don’t think about its origin and the fact that it is Star Trek, if you want to see a good movie, Star Trek is a good movie and it’s worth watching. 🙂