It’s okay. You’re allowed to enjoy ‘Star Trek into Darkness’. It’s well-paced, well-acted and, for the most part, well-directed. But let’s be clear, it’s not true ‘Star Trek’. At least not the ‘Star Trek’ most of us grew up loving. Yes, I realize that the 2009 film established a whole new universe where anything could happen going forward. However, that new universe still needs to play by the rules established up until the point that Spock and Nero time travelled into it. Sadly, ‘Star Trek into Darkness’ plays fast and loose with far too many of those rules. I’m talking to you, Orci, Kurtzman and Lindelof! The following is just a short list of some of my problems with the new movie. (Major, major, MAJOR spoilers follow. You’ve been warned.)
These days, it seems like any even remotely popular movie franchise is required to get the dark and gritty reboot treatment. Everything is “Dark” this or “Darkness” that. ‘Star Trek’ is just the latest example. What happened to the days when summer movies could just be fun without their characters turning into brooding vigilantes hell-bent on revenge for something or other? It may be a while before we see that again. In the meantime, we use today’s Roundtable to make some predictions for the next major properties destined to go dark.
I must admit that when I walked into the crowded theater to watch J.J. Abrams’ second journey into the ‘Star Trek’ universe, I was a bit apprehensive. The studio didn’t hold any press screenings before the film was released on Wednesday. For some reason, the actual press screening was one hour later than the regular screening for paying audiences. Usually, studios do this when they know they have a terrible movie on their hands and don’t want negative reviews published before opening day. Would that be the case here, or did Abrams simply want to keep the film’s many secrets under wraps until it was released?
As we close out the month of April, eight of this year’s nine Best Picture Academy Award nominees are now available on Blu-ray. (The only film still missing is Michael Haneke’s ‘Amour’.) This week also brings us several movies that were less than Oscar worthy. Will you buy any of them?
The ghost of 2009′s ‘Star Trek’ returns this week in game form with phasers set to maximum Pine & Quinto. Plus, sequels to games with significant fan bases pack the week with a great set of spring gaming options including Brock Sampson and Ash.
The final week of March brings us a huge new slate of Blu-ray releases. Sadly, it’s mostly a case of quantity over quality. However, a recent Oscar winner, some classics, some cult flicks and a few TV box sets of note stand out above the rest.
Mark your calendars: The acclaimed ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ two-part episode ‘The Best of Both Worlds’ will be assimilated into theaters for a special one-night event at specified locations around the country on April 25th. Resistance is futile.
Last week, nerd worlds collided when Lucasfilm’s new corporate owners at Disney announced that the next ‘Star Wars’ movie will be directed by J.J. Abrams, the man currently holding the reins of the ‘Star Trek’ franchise for Paramount. Is this a great idea, or a terrible one? Vote in our poll.