Wasn’t crazy about J.J. Abrams’ first Star Trek, beyond digging Eric Bana’s Nero. Here’s my 4 spoiler-ish thoughts on Star Trek Into Darkness:
1.) Found it odd that (as far as i can recall) the words “Eugenics Wars” were not uttered in the film? And can anyone beat my 72 frown-y eyeroll combo when Khan basically called Spock an effete intellectual worthless in a fight, and incapable of breaking bones, because it so blatantly telegraphed a final confrontation between the 2, where he would do just that.
2.) Benedict Cumberbatch is infinitely more interesting than anything else in the film, yet only gets maybe 20 minutes of screentime. No, please, don’t focus on the godlike dark warrior-genius, lets have more scenes with normal fucking humans. Because we don’t see enough normal fucking humans in film. Or every fucking day on this planet. (Karl Urban gets a pass on all this, because Mama is not the law. In a just world, Dredd would’ve launched a franchise.)
Also, if you’re so interested in setting up payoffs, mr. screenwriter(s), perhaps consider this: if you tease the possibility of 72 genetically superior post-humans practicing freelance eugenics on a universal scale in a sweet looking uber-warship, under the command of their leader, Khan, who’s basically been reimagined as Midnighter from The Authority…don’t expect me to be the tiniest bit invested in anything that would keep that from being realized.
You basically made a movie where i’m supposed to root for Neanderthals attempting to thwart the ascension of Homo Sapiens. Congrats.
3.) Hey, cool…Peter Weller’s playing a military leader with a pragmatic view of preemptive warfare, who’s not a total dickhole. Oh…wait, he’s actually a foaming madman, because of course he is.
4.) When Chris Pine acts angry, he looks like a constipated muppet. Chris Pine kinda makes Garrett Hedlund look like Christian Bale. In what sad, bonus-chromosomed reality am i supposed to find Chris Pine more compelling than Benedict Cumberbatch?
In conclusion, Hot Toys better make a Benedict Cumberbatch Khan figure.