Thursday, 21 June 2018

Beam us up, Brits

WITH daylight hours getting longer and (finally) some warm, sunny days comes the release of the first summer blockbuster

Review by Natalie Aldred Film: Star Trek Into Darkness Certificate: (12A) Director: JJ Abrams Starring: Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pine, Simon Pegg

WITH daylight hours getting longer and (finally) some warm, sunny days comes the release of the first summer blockbuster.

Star Trek Into Darkness reunites the cast of 2009’s Star Trek, JJ Abrams’ recreation of a cult classic, where the director walked a tightrope, simultaneously inviting newcomers to enjoy the show while not alienating (sorry) hardcore Trekkers.This time around, safe in the knowledge the audience has familiarised itself with the current incarnations of Kirk, Spock, “Bones”, Scotty, Sulu, Uhura and Chekov, the film takes these intergalactic ambassadors through some spectacular lens flare, multi-layered scenery and tense moments (heightened by the 3D experience), starting with a breach of the prime directive that takes Kirk and Spock poles apart.

Something is not quite right and the crew of Starfleet Command need to help. As Captain Kirk once more steers his crew into the uncharted waters of deep space, the crew show what it is that makes them kings of the universe.

It didn’t seem that anyone could follow in the footsteps of Leonard Nimoy and yet Zachary Quinto could almost be Spock’s clone. John Cho manages a similar feat in expressing the diplomacy of George Takei with his take on Sulu.

Our very own quirky comedy actor Simon Pegg reprises his role as Scotty, while Benedict Cumberbatch shows his versatility as the bad guy of the piece, the mysterious John Harrison. So the best of British seems to help cover the spectrum of light and dark, good and evil — and we all know Hollywood does love a good British villain.

Star Trek Into Darkness embraces character arcs, visual oomph and plot and wraps them up in a fabulous box-office blast.

With the news that JJ Abrams is also to direct the new Star Wars film next year, he is certainly taking up the mantra “to boldly go”.

So boldly go to the Regal Picturehouse Henley to see it from today.

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