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The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father’s legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful, time-traveling Romulan creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time. (via IMDB)
What I Liked
- I’ve never watched so much as half a minute of Star Trek, in any form. I’ve never seen a television episode, or a film, and so, other than knowing it was set in space, I didn’t really know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised! I knew that the reboot had garnered a lot of positive reaction, from fans of the franchise and newcomers alike, and this is why I wanted to watch it in the first place, but I wasn’t really prepared to enjoy it quite as much as I actually did.
- Star Trek has such a long and rich history, and when trying to break into a franchise this far into it, I always worry that I’m going to miss too much (I feel this way about every comic book series in existence). But I felt as though this film did a good job at welcoming new fans, and, as far as I can tell from the general reception, it was able to pacify any hardened Trekkies/Trekkers who may have been worried about it.
- I am a big fan of time travel as a concept in fiction, so I really enjoyed that aspect of it. I particularly enjoyed the fact that there was a present and future Spock.
- Talking of Spock, this whole film was made by the fact that I totally love Zachary Quinto. This is a fairly new discovery; I never really liked him in Heroes, but he’s in an X-Box One advert, and he does a tiny little raise of the eyebrow that I adore. As Spock, he’s incredibly charismatic and attractive. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to feel that way about Spock, but I do.
- I didn’t expect Chris Hemsworth, Jennifer Morrison and Winona Ryder to be in it, and though they didn’t stick around for very long, it was a nice surprise to see them pop up. I even had to check that it was Chris Hemsworth, because even though it looked just like it, I was convinced I would have known if he was in it, and thought it might be one of his brothers!
- I enjoyed the supporting characters of Sulu, Chekov and Bones, and I had actually heard of Sulu and Bones before! Maybe I wasn’t such a Star Trek neophyte!
What I Didn’t Like
- I didn’t really like James/Captain Kirk/James T. Kirk/Jim (what am I supposed to call him?), though I think I am supposed to. Or certainly, I was supposed to have warmed to him by the end of the film, when he proves his worth. I don’t know if it has something to do with Chris Pine, of whom I am not a huge fan, or the character himself, but I never really took to him.
- I also didn’t really enjoy the performance of Simon Pegg either. I don’t know what it was, though I suspect it was probably the Scottish accent that I didn’t find particularly convincing.
- Another gripe about the use of a female character in a male-dominated cast. Zoe Saldana is ace as Uhura, and it’s clear that she is quite brilliant, but she isn’t really given an awful lot to do, except try to comfort Spock (with whom she’s involved in a relationship) when he is mourning his mother’s death. I have to confess to being pleasantly surprised that she was with Spock rather than Kirk, because that was how I was expecting things to turn out, but I wish she’s been given slightly more to do.
Again, this is a film where, although I have written at length about the things I didn’t like, I actually really enjoyed the film, almost despite myself. I really want to watch the sequel now, partly because of how much I enjoyed this one, and partly because of the bonus Benedict.