So I realize that it has been a while since I posted. This was not a conscious choice, rather I just have not been able to do so. I actually have a decent amount of material including a movie I was really looking forward to buying in Silver Lining Playbook. However, I want my focus to be on two movies I watched in theatres. Of course if you have followed me for a while, you could venture a pretty accurate guess as to what they could be. If you said Star Trek and Iron Man 3 you win a cookie… No I do not have a cookie to give you. I am sorry, but feel free to go get one now out of your kitchen. Go on I will wait.
Ok now that you have had that cookie, preferably chocolate chip or peanut butter I want to discuss something with you before the actual movies. Has anyone else noticed the summer blockbusters being moved up in release date? Normally movies like this would be in July or August but now, they are both in May? Seems a bit odd to me. Though Science Fiction always seems to start their big releases this month. Still, both seem to be doing ok. Star Trek is steadily catching up to its predecessor and Iron Man has already overtaken its own.
As for the movies themselves, let me start with Iron Man 3. A great movie period. A lot of drama and high action. I was disenfranchised with the first movie within the trilogy, the second brought me back, and this has solidified me as a fan. Can I just say I would do terrible, awful things to own Tony Stark’s computer in this film. Seriously, it is every nerd and geek’s dream to own something like that beautiful piece of machinery. The pacing was great, acting very well done, and as a fan of the old cartoon and comic books, this definitely made me proud. Except the end… I do not wish to spoil anything but my heart sank with the ending. Still, A- for Iron Man 3 and the fantastic acting of Robert Downey Jr.
Onto one of the best overall acting performances from a cast I have ever witnessed. No, really, I put this up there with a few Hitchcock movies I hold very dear to my heart. Star Trek Into Darkness is what geeks and nerds alike dream of at every slumber. And for every single thing this movie did right, the “loyal” Star Trek fans grew angrier. I visit quite a few forums and blogs in my free time. I just generally enjoy reading in all of its forms. And no matter how people explain it to me, I do not understand the hate for this movie. Before you try to bring into question the type of Star Trek fan I am, know that I grew up with The Next Generation and I continued to watch Deep Space Nine. I also not only watched re-runs of The Original Series, I now own the full set on DVD. When I say I am a fan of Star Trek I mean it. After I left the theatre the first real sentence to escape my lips was, “I wish Gene Roddenberry was alive to see this movie.” Witnessing the full 3D IMAX digital presence of the USS Enterprise fully panned out, only to be slowly panned into the viewing deck, and to see people there, then to be walked through the actual cabins from space… My mouth was on the floor. But do not mistake my awe with the cinematography and special effects (though they better win an Oscar) for the possibility of this movie being something shallow. As stated previously, the acting was INSANELY great. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are absolutely amazing. They are perfect in their roles. Pine has the brash cockiness needed, Quinto has, well, he has the Nemoy. That is not to say he doesn’t give the role his own bit of flair, but lets face it, Spock is iconic in every sense of the word and he is not afraid to bring the Nemoy into it.
I could not write this blog without mentioning Benedict Cumberbatch. The man is a genius actor. Literally he plays a genius so very, very well. I first saw him in the wonderful BBC series Sherlock. Extremely underappreciated due to marketing I would guess. But really if you have not seen it, watch it. You will thank me. Cumberbatch has a way of bringing out this amazing subtlety in a role whether it be facial expressions or erratic movements that you would not normally see or expect. Think of a Jim Parsons turned way up on the serious scale. I didn’t even realize the important character he was playing until I read IMDB. After seeing the movie, regardless of what fanboys and girls think, I do not think anyone else could have played this very cerebral role. He impressed me to no end. My expectations were not just met, they were put to complete shame because they should have been even higher.
So you have the fantastic cast, the outstanding visuals, the amazing story with the little nods to Star Trek fans, what more could you ask for? I wish people would put aside what their preconceived notions are and just judge the movie for what it really is at its core, a wonderful science fiction experience. Though I did say, as a Star Trek fan I loved it. I actually felt like a kid at parts specifically a scene where Spock is chasing Khan. Seriously that scene alone was worth admission for me. Star Trek Into Darkness not only gets my money as soon as it is released on Blu-Ray, it gets an A+.
Thank you all for reading. Also, sorry about the length. I did not expect to type this much out. Have a great weekend!