One reason to hate
The movie did not end with a long shot of Captain Kirk sat in the Captains chair with a tribble on his head. Looking fed up as he surveys an
Enterprise bridge which is covered in
Lots of reasons to love
The movie starts on a planet with a population and style very reminiscent of the original series. The effects are much improved over those of the 1960s but the quirky design and sense of adventure are still there.
Beautiful shots of the USS Enterprise
They did a fantastic job in designing the new
Keeping a lot of the elements that fans like and then adding their own
style. The movie takes full advantage of the design with new and imaginative shots. A particular favourite of
mine was when the Enterprise
rose out of the water. These shots are well made, whilst avoiding the over
indulgence that happened in Star Trek The Motion Picture.
Development of characters
The movie is action packed but still spends a lot of time to focus on the characters. The interaction between the cast captures the feel of the old TOS crew well. The film also spreads the screen time around the cast so that they each get a good amount of story. Instead of focusing on the traditional 3 of Kirk, Spock and McCoy.
A new female character
The addition of Carol Marcus to the
Enterprise was a clever and necessary move.
Each of the Star Trek series had an unbalanced male-female ratio in the crew.
Even Star Voyager, with a female Captain had this problem. Although Dr
Marcus was only seen in one movie, Star Trek The Wrath Of Khan, she left a
lasting impression with the audience and showed herself to be an equal of
anyone around her. The characters return is welcome as interacts well with the crew and adds another female presence alongside Uhura.
New and Excting Action scenes.
For a space faring show Star Trek hasn’t always embraced it’s environment and has often had a repetitive style of space battle. Star Trek Into Darkness Has an exciting scene where the ships gravity has been messed up so that the characters are tumbling around the cat walk and walk ways.
It was also good to see another spacesuit seen, which always makes the action feel more close and dangerous. The movie makes good use of it's unique setting for action whilst always giving a good reason for the action to take place.
A complex and moral story
The story was well thought out and has the characters considering important issues of morality. I appreciated that the story wasn't about revenge even though that was how it appeared to be at first. The moral questions of how to handle Khan and what was happening to Star Fleet as an organisation were well handled. The movie succeeded where Star Trek Insurrection failed in exploring the ethics of Star Fleet.