“Damn it, Jim! I’m a doctor not a f-”
“Unity is not your strength, it’s your weakness”
“It’s going to be so much fun”
Idris Elba really gives it some welly near the end. Like most Star Trek baddies he doesn’t get much of a say early on as his character and prosthetics need to dictate the good versus bad part but when he gets to loosen up he really shows you the depth he and Krall should have had throughout. Shame that’s only for the last five minutes!
Whole cast are well gelled together and it’s obvious they know what to deliver for the script. In most places the script itself with the humour and sci-fi elements is good enough to push past any predictable pieces and when there are technical difficulties (the bike ride with the smoking mirrors – kinda cant happen!) I felt comfortable enough to let it slide and enjoy the action and interactions.
Obviously the sets and locations, gadgets and outfits, lighting and camera work are of incredibly high standard. No shaky-cam here and no problem believing each location. Also the music is solid, not just the cracking theme tune.
The bridge is a bit crowded and I reckon the Enterprise isn’t as big a star as the cast in these movies but you know what? As long as they keep up the scripts and don’t just ‘do’ another one, I’ll be happy with the box-set and to watch them back-to-back for fun, excitement and, yeah, ’cause it’s still Star Trek.
Not sure I’m ever happy with where their zips are on the outfits but that’s me being too geek for my own good.
You won’t be disappointed with this so easily recommend to anyone.
DVD EXTRAS: Very good. No interviews with cast which is a shame but lots of interesting how-it-was-made bits with scenes from outside the camera showing green-screen and the sets themselves. Also a small gag-reel and insight into most parts of the production so, yeah, good one.
Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Thrice+. No qualms there.
Watch if on TV?
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog. Close to Marry for a Sci-fi but still needs a bit more depth before I’ll give it my ring.