The things you remember from Star Trek Into Darkness: the theatrical dramatic pause before the shitty Khan reveal; Benedict Cumberbatch doing that weird over-enunciation thing he thinks makes bad dialogue sound better; Kirk kicking the warp core like a broken printer; the bit where Bones basically cures death; Tribbles; the platform game level at the end where Spock channels Super Mario. The things you don't remember from Star Trek Into Darkness: the good stuff, I guess? I don't recall it being a terrible film, quite enjoyable in the moment in fact, but a post-viewing breakdown revealed the story to have as much structural integrity as a piss-soaked newspaper. Star Trek Beyond, however, rights everything that Star Trek Into Darkness put wrong. It may not be as polished or as ambitious as its predecessor, but it is far truer to the core themes of what Trek is all about; crucially, it's a film that looks to the future, not the past.
When Matt reviewed Star Trek Into Darkness he echoed what many others have said: lots of fun but bobbins plot and too much reliance on nostalgia. So with my expectations suitably lowered I embarked upon a little trek of my own to the cinema, and - unfortunately - it turned out to be much more of a Slow Slog Into Dumbness than I had feared. Here's my best attempt at explaining why. (Mahoosive spoilers and frothy entitlism ahead - you have been warned!)
So you may have seen our official, in-depth Star Trek Into Darkness review posted a few days ago. But what’s that you say? Tl; dr? Right, so what would you prefer? A quick, short review cut down into bite-size chunks and, I don’t know, accompanied by funny moving pictures? (*sigh*) Make it so...
Right from the very first scene, which sees Kirk and Bones sprinting through bright red flora to escape from a primitive alien tribe, Star Trek Into Darkness proves to be a film of relentless adventure. It’s non-stop action through and through, and, once this opening chase sets the pace, the film seems to always be constantly accelerating. As such, the film spends all of its time going somewhere; and it goes quickly, it goes loudly and it goes spectacularly. The only problem is that it never seems to live up to the franchise’s original mission statement and go boldly.
Today Paramount revealed something called a 'cinemosaic' for the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness. To be honest I'd never heard of one of them before, but when I found out it was basically a bunch of animated gifs sitting on the internet and none of them featured cats, well... something had to be done.