I got spoiled on this movie right after theatrical release… one of those “top ten” lists where fans complain caught me by surprise. So I knew the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch going in. Amazon had the digital version for sale a month before the DVD is available, so I took the plunge.
Overall, I thought I would hate the whole thing, knowing what I
already knew. I actually liked it, right up until the ending with its
blatant re-write of a classic “old trek” moment. That whole sequence
was, frankly, unnecessary. In old trek, Spock’s death was a segue into
the next movie… it was required for the plot. Here, they just
threw it in for gratuitous fan-pandering. It wasn’t needed. Kirk was
alive again before the credits even rolled. Why the hell was it in
there? And throwing in the shuttle from “that Mudd incident last month”
to take down to Kronos… what was that? More old fan pandering.
If you’re going to reboot, reboot FFS.
I thought knowing Cumberbatch was Khan would ruin it for me, but (as
Sherlock shows us) he plays the mad genius very well. I enjoyed his
What I did NOT enjoy was JJ Abrams’ abundant use of lens flares. I
see now why people complain about this. It was obnoxious. I don’t think
there was a SINGLE SCENE where there wasn’t a lens flare. There were
flares in space. There were flares off the equipment on the bridge. At
one point there was a FLARE OFF McCOY’S HAIR. WTF? Someone needs to hold
an intervention. Seriously. And when they clear out all the software,
make sure they take away the lens flare filter in photoshop too. Could
cause a relapse.
I’m buying the DVD of course. There’s just so little good Sci-Fi out
there, and this is better than most. I just wish it was better than