I'll be the first to admit that I'm not exactly a Trekkie. I saw a lot of the original series reruns on Star World a few years ago, I'm familiar with the mythology and I know the characters and their quirks, but all I really have is a working knowledge of Star Trek. A friend of mine once said that my lack of sci-fi in my geek diet was disgraceful. He also noted that my playing of The Sims 3 made me a fake geek. With that said, take what I'm about to say here with a grain of salt. I may not be the best judge of sci-fi flicks, but I absolutely enjoyed Star Trek Into Darkness. As a movie, it satisfied me, and it played well to my limited knowledge of the franchise, enough to keep me smiling throughout the whole thing.
Let's talk about what I didn't like about it first to get that out of the way.
Star Trek Into Darkness went on a teeny tiny bit longer than it should have. Not by much, and the time wasn't taken up by some useless filler, but it just felt a little long for me. It even had a couple "oh wasn't that the ending already?" scenes at the end. It also had a few inconsistencies with the plot - nothing too jarring but there were times when I just had to accept them as miracle exceptions to justify it to myself. Otherwise, bits of it would've been way too ridiculous.
Some scenes felt unnecessary, but they were few and far in between. One such scene, which was almost cringe-worthy, was Spock and Uhura's love thing. I don't wanna spoil too much, but you'll see what I'm talking about when you catch the movie. Oh, and this:
I bet you Trekkies have been creaming your jeans in anticipation of J.J. Abrams' Into the Darkness. I love me some good sci fi, too, and if early reviews of Star Trek: Into the Darkness are to be trusted, then we're in for a treat. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes rated it 87% and the audience gave it an 89%. Metacritic gave it a 73 and user ratings gave it an 8.3 out of 10. Those are pretty solid scores.
Now, what if I told you, Ayala Sure Seats and GeekOut.Ph have partnered up to give out some cool stuff? Sounds brilliant, doesn't it? We got a Stark Trek Portable Bluetooth speaker that looks way sweet.
Okay, it's not the best looking image around, but trust me, the speaker itself is gorgeous.
Besides that, we have a Star Trek: Into the Darkness shirt. Sorry, it's a one size fits all shirt so if you're slightly smaller or larger than an average human being, then you can use that shirt as a napkin or something. It's cool, too, trust me.
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This is not the superhero movie you expected. Consider an early scene at a local diner: we find Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) having a beer with his buddy Rhodey (Don Cheadle) as a little child approaches Stark for an autograph. The girl hands him a drawing of Iron Man fighting the Chitauri aliens, the last we saw of him from The Avengers (2012). The picture, however, triggers ill memories of him being whisked off into space and back - helplessly falling into the abyss - causing the one thing we would not expect of our brazen hero: a frightful, demented anxiety attack. Sweaty and shaking, Stark leaps outside the diner and, in a complete tonal turnaround, we find him entering his Iron Man suit adorably parked by the driveway - a deadpan punchline mirroring the movie's audacious traipse towards black comedy. Finally, we have a superhero film as playful with its own tale as Tony Stark is with his own legend.
Pretty sure by now, most of us have seen Iron Man 3. It did, after all, break Philippine box office records by raking in Php 62.6M on opening day and breaking bank at Php 306M in its first five days. Who would have known Filipinos had that much money on 'em for movies? You know what I found surprising? It beat The Avengers. And I saw that bad boy 5 times. I can confirm that Iron Man 3 does not have that re-watch-in-the-cinemas charm that Avengers had. I got bored with it on my 2nd viewing. But why was it so successful? Is it the best Marvel Cinemaverse movie?
Some people wish there was more Iron Man in an Iron Man movie. My opinion on that is a little on the fence. Iron Man 3 feels very final and since it started out a Tony Stark story, I believe it should end as a Tony Stark story. If you take the trilogy in as a whole, the whole Tony Stark the Movie thing works well enough. But yes, more Iron Man as a bad ass would've been appreciated.
April 24 is but a few days away from now. If you think yourself a Marvel Cinematic Universe fan worth your salt, you must have booked your tickets by now. If not, you really can't go around claiming to be one. If you go "OMG I love RDJ! I am the biggest Iron Man geek ever!" and you book your tickets a week after launch week, then no, you've lost your fangirling privileges.
Don't worry, though. I think I may have a solution to that.