Welcome to “Trailer Tuesday” where I talk about trailers for upcoming movies, since I’ve always found them to be endlessly fascinating.
I’m a Trekkie and I have to be honest: I didn’t like 2009’s Star Trek. Oh, don’t get me wrong, it was pretty enjoyable, had a solid cast, I love seeing Leonard Nimoy as Spock, and I’m a big J.J. Abrams fan (Super 8 is a masterpiece). But it did not feel at all like Star Trek to me. I thought the time travel/parallel universe story was a cheap way for the writers to be able to sidestep history, I thought the movie was far too dumbed-down so as to appeal to modern audiences, and they completely screwed up the Kobayashi Maru sequence.
So I feel a bit of trepidation when I see the trailers for the new film, Star Trek Into Darkness. Take a look and then read on for my thoughts:
I still think the cast is solid, though this latest trailer makes the movie feel like “the Kirk show,” which isn’t at all fitting with what Star Trek is supposed to be. The whole tone of this trailer makes Into Darkness feel like a superhero movie, and it has a lot in common with the new Man of Steel trailer. I think Chris Pine is a fairly convincing young Kirk, but single-minded revenge does not mesh well with the character at all. I’m sure many people would argue that this is still a young Kirk, growing into the Kirk we know and love, but it still feels out of character.
Benedict Cumberbatch is a good actor and I’m sure will make for a compelling villain, but he seems to be mirroring the trend of Bane-like movie villains. I’m glad that the rumor that he was playing Khan seems to have been put to rest, but who knows what might crop up in this film? The trailer is full of striking images, whether it’s the Enterprise facing down a dark Starfleet-styled vessel (belonging to Cumberbatch), or terrorist attacks, leaps from tall buildings and crashing spaceships.
It all seems like standard summer movie fare, which is something that I feel Star Trek should not be. In a world of explosion-filled action spectaculars, Star Trek was always the thinking-man’s sci-fi. Sure, there was plenty of action, but it was only to punctuate the story and highlight the issues being explored within. J.J. Abrams (who admits he’s not a Star Trek fan) has sacrificed what the purists like me love about Star Trek in order to make something that everyone will enjoy. He succeeded, and I’m genuinely excited for him to be taking over the Star Wars films, both because of the natural fit with his talents and because it means he’ll let someone else take over Star Trek.
What do you think? Did you enjoy the previous film, Star Trek? Are you looking forward to Star Trek Into Darkness? What’s your favorite Star Trek movie? Vote below and let me know what you think in the comments!